How Captain Marvel Connects to the Rest of the MCU
But how does Captain Marvel fit into the broader MCU? So far, there seem to be three ways.
The first, of course, is that the film will feature Samuel Jackson's Nick Fury. It seems likely this will be S.H.I.E.L.D.'s first contact with aliens, and they will swiftly learn that humanity is very vulnerable indeed. Curiously, though, Fury would be unable to get funding for aggressive defense projects until over a decade later - when Thor battled the Destroyer. It seems likely the events of Captain Marvel will be hushed up, and possibly all evidence of alien involvement destroyed. Although Fury is left watchful, confident that aliens will return, he's not able to actually prepare for them.
The second is the Quantum Realm. Introduced in Ant-Man, the Quantum Realm is another plane of reality, an alternate dimension reached by Scott Lang. Quantum physicist Dr. Spiros Michalaki, one of Marvel's consultants, has already confirmed that the Quantum Realm will appear in Captain Marvel. Significantly, in the comics Kree warriors typically wear "Nega-Bands" - wrist bands devices that grant their wearers tremendous power. These Nega-Bands were based on Quasar's "Quantum Bands," and draw their power from a realm of potential energy known as the Quantum Zone. It seems likely that a version of the Nega-Bands will appear in the film, although it's worth noting that Larson's gauntlets don't seem to be prominent enough to be Nega-Bands themselves.
The final link is a simple thematic one. Although Captain Marvel is set in the '90s, the film is releasing between Avengers: Infinity War and the as-yet-untitled Avengers 4. Given that's the case, it's surely no coincidence that Captain Marvel will tell the tale of Earth's first contact with aliens - while both Infinity War and Avengers 4 will see the Earth battle to survive the threat of Thanos. In both cases, humanity has drawn attention to itself, and will likely regret that fact.
The Red-And-Black Costume will Appear
It's worth stressing one final detail. Brie Larson may be wearing gray-and-green in these set photos, but she'll inevitably move to the classic color scheme by the end of the film. Concept art released at last year's San Diego Comic-Con showed Carol Danvers in her traditional red-and-black. There's no way Marvel would officially release concept art that was so different to the finished product.
That fact subtly reshaped our understanding of the scene. Carol has allied with the Kree, and claimed the uniform of a Kree Captain. That doesn't mean she'll work as their ally throughout the film, nor does it mean that the Kree - as a race - are the "good guys." It simply means that, in this scene, Larson will have formed some sort of alliance with the Kree, or perhaps will have returned to Earth after having infiltrated the alien race. By the end of the movie, fans should expect Captain Marvel to don a more traditional costume, and it's likely set photos will show that outfit when filming resumes in March.
Captain Marvel remains a subject of mystery. Why is the film set in the '90s? How will Mar-Vell be portrayed, and will Carol Danvers wind up allying with the Kree? These first set photos have offered some intriguing hints, and fans are sure to examine every future photo in search of more clues.
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019