According to Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, the upcoming Captain Marvel movie will set up Brie Larson’s character as the center of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Phase 4 and beyond. Set in 1995, Marvel’s 21st big-screen adaptation explores the origin story of Carol Danvers, an American Air Force pilot who ultimately becomes part of an intergalactic Kree military team known as Starforce.
Captain Marvel reportedly precedes the Guardians of the Galaxy storyline but doesn’t explicitly set up that plot. In addition, Larson’s character arc represents a non-chronological origin story. Thus far, Marvel has released three Captain Marvel trailers, all of which emphasize the protagonist’s return to earth, and her relationships with both Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury - the future director of S.H.I.E.L.D. - and Jude Law’s Starforce commander, who mentors Danvers and trains her to be a divine leader of the Kree people.
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Last year, Screen Rant visited the Captain Marvel set and noted a telling statement from MCU head Feige during a sizzle reel presentation. In the clip, Feige suggests that Larson’s Captain Marvel will become the central figure of the MCU. While the release of Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and the Wasp made a splash at the box office last early last summer (tripling its reported $162-195 million budget), it’s the MCU’s 19th installment, Avengers: Infinity War, that really shook up franchise fans, as Thanos gained control of the six Infinity Stones while taking down several of the MCU’s most beloved characters. By topping $2 billion at the box office, Avengers: Infinity War not only became the top-grossing film of 2018, but also the fourth highest-grossing film of all-time.
Larson, who won a Best Actress Oscar for her lead performance in the 2015 film Room, will reprise her Captain Marvel role in this April’s Avengers: Endgame. First, however, the MCU will introduce Carol Danvers, a woman with superhuman strength, energy projection, and flight, thanks to a DNA accident that makes her part-human, part-Kree. Earlier today, Screen Rant published a story in which Larson’s co-star, Law, explains the Kree-Skull conflict, which will be key to the movie as well.
Already one of Hollywood’s most revered American actresses, Larson made her feature debut in the 2004 romantic comedy 13 Going on 30, this coming after a starring role on the WB series Raising Dad. From 2009 to 2011, Larson had a main role in the Showtime series United States of Tara starring Hereditary’s Toni Collette. Earlier this fall, Marvel reportedly secured a seven-movie deal with Larson, however the actress quickly disputed the claims on Twitter.
Whatever the specifics of Larson’s Marvel contract may be, it’s clear that she’s the new face of the MCU, and that Carol Danvers will undoubtedly be one of the most talked about movie figures of 2019.