Captain Marvel tells the story of Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot who gains superpowers due to a cosmic accident. Starring Brie Larson, the 2019 film will adapt Earth's Mightiest Hero from the pages of Marvel Comics to the big screen and see the popular character join the ranks of the MCU. The marketing push for the next Marvel movie has now begun, so we're running down all the updates you need—from casting news to when the first trailer will arrive.
- Release Date: March 8, 2019
- Cast: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn.
- Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
- Writers: Nicole Perlman, Meg LeFauve, Geneva Robertson-Dworet
Last Updated: September 10, 2018
Brie Larson is playing Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel is Marvel's first female-led superhero film as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So, casting an actress in the role of Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, was a long and arduous process, just as it was casting every other major character in the MCU. A number of actresses vied and tested for the role, but it eventually went to Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson (Room, 21 Jump Street), who officially joined the shared universe in 2016.
Captain Marvel is Set in the 1990s
Captain Marvel will be Marvel's second period-piece, behind Captain America: The First Avenger, and is based in the early 1990s. It's as yet unclear how the film will fit with the MCU's overall continuity, with actors like Samuel L. Jackson and Lee Pace reprising roles from other Marvel films. The studio is keeping tight-lipped about just why they've stepped back in time to the '90s, but it's presumably for story purposes. The film will need to account for Captain Marvel's absence in the MCU over all these years, which should make for an intriguing storyline.
Jude Law is also Starring in Captain Marvel
Jude Law has signed up as the male lead in Captain Marvel, and it was originally reported that he was playing the part of Mar-Vell, the hero who inspired Carol Danvers. Curiously, Law has refused to confirm this, and the studio declined to name his character as part of EW's first look. That's leading many to speculate that Marvel has a plot twist in mind regarding Law's mysterious Kree warrior. He's been described as a devout warrior with a passionate "belief in the divine leadership of the Kree people," which doesn't sound particularly like Mar-Vell.
It's been confirmed that Law is commander of the Kree Starforce, an elite military unit that Carol has joined after gaining her powers. The other members of the Starforce - including Ronan the Accuser - are traditionally villains in the comics.
Nick Fury, Agent Coulson, Ronan & More Are in Captain Marvel
Despite being set before the start of the MCU as we know it, 2019's Captain Marvel will feature a lot of familiar faces.
Samuel L. Jackson was at the forefront of getting the Marvel Cinematic Universe off the ground, and he will be making his sixth appearance as the former director of S.H.I.E.L.D. in 2019's Captain Marvel. But, it will technically be Nick Fury's first appearance canonically, seeing as the film is primarily set in the 1990s. That also means Fury will have both of his eyes in the film, not just one working eye and one eye-patch.
It was later confirmed at the start of filming that Clark Gregg, Lee Pace and Djimon Hounsou are all returning, reprising their roles as Agent Coulson, Ronan and Korath respectively.
The Skrulls are the Main Villains in Captain Marvel
The shape-shifting Skrulls are Captain Marvel's villains. Ben Mendelsohn plays their ruthless leader, Talos, who spearheads an invasion of the Earth. The plot is loosely inspired by the Kree-Skrull War, an arc that essentially saw Earth become a No-Man's-Land in the galactic conflict between the two vast, warlike alien races.
As for how Marvel is able to use the Skrulls, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn explained after the Skrulls announcement that only some Skrulls are wholly owned by 20th Century Fox, whereas Skrulls as a race are co-owned by both Fox and Marvel Studios. That's what allows them to be a part of the MCU, even this late in the game.
The Story of Captain Marvel
Little is yet known about the plot of Captain Marvel. It's confirmed that the movie is no origin story, but will instead kick off with Carol Danvers already serving as a member of the Kree Starforce. She travels back to her homeworld of Earth in order to deal with a Skrull invasion, but apparently discovers dark secrets in her own past.
"The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe."
How Captain Marvel Connects to the Rest of the MCU
Captain Marvel's story is expected to set the character up for an important role in Avengers 4. It's been confirmed that the film will revisit the Quantum Realm, the mysterious dimension that was key to Ant-Man & the Wasp. Beyond that, it's serving as the origin story for a large number of characters who already exist in the MCU, including Nick Fury, Ronan the Accuser, and even Agent Coulson.
Captain Marvel Is Teased in Avengers: Infinity War Post-Credits Scene
Although Brie Larson was cast as Captain Marvel in 2016, she's not expected to make her on-screen debut until her 2019 solo film. Barring a post-credits scene in Ant-Man & the Wasp, she will then reprise her role in next year's Avengers 4. Though rumors suggested that she would be appearing in Avengers: Infinity War, its release proved otherwise. That said, Captain Marvel's presence wasn't completely absent from the team-up movie as she was teased in the post-credits scene. As people around the world start disappearing, we see the return of Maria Hill and Nick Fury. And just before the former head of S.H.I.E.L.D. bites the dust, he sends out a signal on a modified pager and gets Captain Marvel's symbol in return.
Captain Marvel Theories
The first wave of Captain Marvel theories really focused on one simple question; where has been Captain Marvel been since the '90s? The first possible answer was that she has been in space, perhaps battling on the war-fronts of the Kree Empire; the second was that she could have been stranded in the Quantum Realm.
First details from Captain Marvel have raised another tantalizing question; just who is Jude Law's character? Given it's increasingly unlikely he's portraying Mar-Vell, a popular theory has suggested that he's actually playing the Kree villain Yon-Rogg. In that scenario, neither the Kree nor the Skrulls are truly "good guys," and Captain Marvel could have been manipulated into serving in the Kree Starforce.
There Isn't a Captain Marvel Trailer Yet
A trailer for Captain Marvel has yet to be released, but is expected within the next few weeks.
There Isn't a Captain Marvel Poster Yet
A poster for Captain Marvel hasn't released either. Marvel typically release their first poster ahead of the trailer, so one should be released soon.
Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck Are Directing Captain Marvel
Leading up to Captain Marvel's official confirmation, it was believed that Marvel would try to find a female director for the film, just as Warner Bros. hired Patty Jenkins for Wonder Woman. And they did look at some top-tier female directors, but they ultimately settled on directing duo, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (It's Kind of a Funny Story, Mississippi Grind). They've only directed a few films, and they are newcomers to tent-pole films, but then again, so are most blockbuster directors nowadays.
Geneva Robertson-Dworet Wrote Captain Marvel's Script
Screenwriters Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve wrote the first draft of the script, turning it in in December 2016. The duo were eventually replaced with Geneva Robertson-Dworet, whose first major screenplay is 2018's Tomb Raider. Although Robertson-Dworet rewrote Captain Marvel's script, the crux of the story Perlman and LeFauve wrote will be retained in the final cut.
Captain Marvel Started Has Finished Filming
Captain Marvel was originally slated to enter production in March 2018, but cameras started rolling on the project in January 2018. As it turns out, Marvel Studios was awarded $20.7 million in tax credits if they started filming the movie within 180 days of receiving the credit. Otherwise, the credit would expire. And that 180-day frame concluded in late January, hence why principal photography began much earlier than expected. However, Marvel was allowed to put the production on a 120-day hiatus - after completing filming for one or two weeks - and return in March without losing the tax credit. Filming finished in July.