Captain Marvel will release next Friday, but what can fans expects from a sequel? In a Screen Rant exclusive interview with Kevin Feige, the MCU boss teased a “pretty amazing” future. Set in 1995, Captain Marvel establishes the origin story of Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers, an American Air Force pilot who ends up receiving superhuman strength and becomes a member of Starforce, an intergalactic military unit associated with the Kree.
For context, Captain Marvel takes place before the Guardians of the Galaxy, but doesn’t set up that plot. As for Larson’s protagonist, she wont’t have a chronological arc in the MCU, which allows the studio to incorporate her into future films (after all, Captain Marvel can apparently time travel). Last January, we confirmed that Larson's character will end up leading the Avengers moving forward, which is no doubt a sign of confidence for both the character and the film. However, after Captain Marvel’s release, the next priorities will be Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home, the latter of which marks the beginning of MCU’s Phase 4.
At the Captain Marvel junket, Screen Rant spoke with Feige about the film's inevitable sequel. While it’s obviously important to assess the box office numbers before making big franchise commitments, Feige seems confident about the future and how the studio can present a larger narrative beyond Carol Danvers’ origin story. He said, “The making of a first film is in some ways a brainstorm on the future and on what can be. So what it will be again is not clear. But what it could be is pretty amazing.” While that answer may be somewhat cryptic, it suggests that Captain Marvel is merely the foundation for a huge Phase 4, and that fans should enjoy the storytelling experience before Avengers: Endgame introduces even more franchise drama.
Of course, Feige may be hesitant to make an official announcement about Captain Marvel’s future until the studio can asses the appropriate numbers. The DCEU will be unveiling their own female-led superhero film with next year’s Birds of Prey, which stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Last December, Robbie stated that Birds of Prey “isn’t very serious” during an interview with late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon, but the film will in fact be rated R. In contrast, Captain Marvel has a PG-13 rating, allowing the studio to fully engage with Larson's existing fan base.
After two decades in the business, Larson has been a TV star and an indie darling thanks to her roles in shows like The United States of Tara and films like Short Term 12. In addition, she won a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in 2015's Room. To maximize Captain Marvel's full potential, it's crucial that Feige and company showcase Larson’s full skill set and commercial viability, rather than banking solely on the character’s rock star appeal.
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019