What can you expect from Captain Marvel 2? Carol Danvers swooped into theaters, helmet-mohawk and all, in Captain Marvel, and while she made her big return in Avengers: Endgame, you should also be looking forward to her solo sequel.
Last updated: November 8, 2019
Directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, Captain Marvel serves as an origin story for the Marvel Cinematic Universe's most powerful superhero yet, as she teams up with a young Nick Fury to stop an invasion of Earth by the shape-shifting Skrulls. At the end of the movie, Carol flies off to help the Skrulls find a new home, eventually returning over two decades later to save Tony Stark and help the Avengers defeat Thanos.
There's a lot of ground for a potential Captain Marvel 2 to cover, either exploring Carol's life after her solo movie helping the Skrulls, her continued fight against Yon-Rogg and the Kree, or even the aftermath of Thanos' defeat in Avengers: Endgame. Here's everything we know so far about the sequel.
Captain Marvel 2 Is Officially Confirmed by Marvel
A Captain Marvel sequel was all but inevitable, since Marvel solo movies are always planned as their own potential franchises. The only solo movie in the MCU that hasn't had a sequel is The Incredible Hulk, and that's due to rights complications with Universal - something that Captain Marvel obviously doesn't have to worry about. At San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Marvel Studios finally confirmed that Captain Marvel 2 is happening. While Captain Marvel 2 won't be part of Phase Four, it's definitely among the lineup of upcoming MCU movies, along with Doctor Strange 2, Black Panther 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy 3.
Captain Marvel 2 Won't Release Until 2022 (At The Earliest)
Marvel movies typically have a three-year development cycle, and with an increasingly crowded slate, fans shouldn't expect to see Captain Marvel 2 in theaters before 2022 at the very earliest. The last time an MCU franchise managed less than a three-year turnaround between movies was when Captain America: Civil War released just two years after Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and since then Marvel has added four more franchises to the mix (Captain Marvel, Ant-Man, Black Panther and Doctor Strange), with more on the way. As prolific as the studio is, Marvel can only release so many movies every year, and the schedule for Phase Four is already filled up with movies that have been in development for a while, like The Eternals.
Captain Marvel 2 Has No Trailer Yet (Obviously)
It would be very impressive if there was a trailer for Captain Marvel 2 before the film started production, but unfortunately that's not the case. We'll update this page when a trailer does become available.
Will Captain Marvel 2 Be Set Before Or After Endgame?
While Captain Marvel's 1990s setting was mainly for the purposes of telling Carol's origin story and retconning her into the MCU, that doesn't necessarily mean that a sequel would be set after the events of Avengers: Endgame. The end of the movie sees Carol jetting off on a brand new mission that will take her on an adventure through space, and it would be a shame if we never got to see what happened on that mission. Captain Marvel 2 may take a similar approach to Wonder Woman 1984, which is also a prequel to the main events of its cinematic universe, and tells a story that's still set in the past, but with a more recent time setting than the first movie.
What Captain Marvel 2's Story Could Be
Warning: SPOILERS ahead for Captain Marvel
If Captain Marvel 2 is set in the past, in the immediate aftermath of the first movie, the story could simply be about Carol's mission to find a new home for the Skrulls, where they can be safe from the tyranny of the Kree Empire. This would be a neat way to bring back Ben Mendelsohn's Talos for the sequel, especially since his performance was one of the most widely-praised aspects of the first movie. Escorting the Skrulls across the galaxy is a compelling cause that audiences are already invested in, and Carol could get into all sorts of misadventures along the way - perhaps even meeting younger versions of Yondu and Peter Quill, or the other Guardians of the Galaxy.
Interestingly, returning Guardians of the Galaxy villain Ronan the Accuser departs Earth with an ominous threat that he and the other Accusers will one day return to collect "the weapon" (a.k.a. Carol) - a threat that can't really be paid off if Captain Marvel 2 is set post-Guardians of the Galaxy. If it is set in the past then Captain Marvel 2 could bring back Ronan as the main villain, but that seems unlikely. He's not one of the MCU's stronger antagonists, and we've already seen him defeated twice. Another possibility is that Captain Marvel 2 could bring back Jude Law's Yon-Rogg, but given the satisfying conclusion to his and Carol's arc, the sequel is probably better off introducing a new threat.
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Captain Marvel Sets Up Spectrum For The Sequel
If Captain Marvel 2 is set a significant period of time in the future, there's a strong likelihood that Monica Rambeau (Akira Akbar), daughter of Carol's best friend, Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), will return as an adult with superpowers of her own. The character is already confirmed for the MCU, and is set to be played by Teyonah Parris in the WandaVision Disney+ show. In the comics, Monica gains superpowers and currently goes by the superhero moniker Spectrum, with the ability to convert her body into pure energy. Captain Marvel spends a considerable amount of time fleshing out young Monica's fearlessness (she encourages Maria to accompany Carol on a dangerous mission) and her own desire to become a hero one day, and she even inspires the colors for Carol's Captain Marvel costume. Monica is 11 in 1995 and therefore would be in her 30s in the present-day MCU - around the same age as the rest of the Avengers. We'd be surprised if "Lieutenant Trouble" didn't return in Captain Marvel 2.
Captain Marvel Connects to the Ms. Marvel TV Show on Disney+
At D23 2019, Marvel Studios announced that Ms. Marvel aka Kamala Khan will enter the MCU via her own Disney+ streaming TV show, which is reportedly set to begin production in spring 2020. No release timeframe has been confirmed yet, but Ms. Marvel in the comics is directly connected to Captain Marvel (hence the similar name), and with it revealed that Kamala Khan will appear in MCU films as well, there's no reason to believe Carol Danvers won't make some kind of appearance on the show, or that Kamala won't appear in Captain Marvel 2.