Captain Marvel will not only introduce the first female superhero to headline her own MCU movie, it's also poised to be a prequel to Guardians of the Galaxy. Set in the 1990s, at least ten years before Tony Stark donned Iron Man's armor, Captain Marvel will depict the origin story of Carol Danvers (Oscar-winner Brie Larson), who will become Earth's Mightiest Hero. Danvers is an Air Force pilot, and while her story begins on Earth, her destiny will take her into outer space to encounter the Kree - just like the Guardians would many years later.
Captain Marvel's official cast list is stocked with characters from the cosmic side of the MCU. Some will be introduced for the first time, like Jude Law as Walter Lawson, who is secretly the Kree hero Mar-Vell. However, a few familiar faces from Guardians of the Galaxy will be returning, chiefly the villainous Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and his henchman Korath the Pursuer (Djimon Hounsou). The emphasis on the Kree, which relates to how Carol Danvers gains her superpowers, means that Captain Marvel could show the origins of the conflict between the Nova Empire and the Kree, which fans will recall from the first Guardians movie.
Let's look at the cosmic big picture of the MCU in the 1990s when Captain Marvel takes place.
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Captain Marvel Will Show The Kree-Skrull War
It's expected that Captain Marvel will depict a version of the Kree-Skrull War, with the villainous shapeshifting Skrulls making their MCU debut as the main villains in the film. In Marvel Comics, The Kree-Skrull War is one of the most famous Avengers stories from the 1970's. It involved not just the Kree and Skrull empires in mutual military conflict, with Captain Mar-Vell and the Avengers caught in the middle, but a wider plot involving Ronan trying to devolve the Earth to pre-historic times in order to use the planet as a staging base to attack the Skrulls. Meanwhile, the Skrulls impersonated Avengers founding members like Captain America and Iron Man and forced the team to disband to create public mistrust.
In Captain Marvel, the Kree-Skrull War should be considerably more streamlined, and will tie into Carol Danvers gaining her cosmic powers and discovering the galactic scope of the MCU. Since she wears a green uniform at least for part of the film, this indicates Carol is drawn into the conflict on the side of the Kree. The film should also reveal the role S.H.I.E.L.D. played - thanks to Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) - in keeping a conflagration between two alien races from engulfing Earth so that the world's population is unaware it ever took place. While the details of the plot are under wraps, some key developments are locked in, including Mar-Vell revealing himself to be a Kree warrior hiding on Earth, and Carol herself somehow disappearing both from Earth and from the public record by the end of the film.
What Guardians of the Galaxy Already Revealed About The Kree
Considering the Kree remain prominent in the MCU, while the Skrulls have not been mentioned at all until Captain Marvel, it can be assumed the race from Hala wins the Kree-Skrull War with Carol's help, and that the Skrulls fade into obscurity. By Guardians Vol. 1 the Skrulls are no longer a main concern of the Kree; instead it's the Nova Corps and the planet Xandar that Ronan hates and seeks the Orb (later revealed as the Power Stone) to destroy. Captain Marvel could reveal the seeds of this interstellar rivalry.
It isn't clear how long the war between Kree and Nova Empires lasted, but that conflict was ended when Nova Prime forced the Kree to sign a peace treaty. The treaty was seen as a humiliation by the Kree, with riots breaking out across their homeworld of Hala. Ronan especially loathed the treaty and vowed revenge against Xandar. Along with Nebula, Ronan allied with Thanos and agreed to acquire the Orb for the Mad Titan in exchange for the necessary forces to destroy the Nova homeworld. Later, upon discovering the Orb was one of the Infinity Stones, Ronan betrayed Thanos and tried to use the Power Stone to destroy Xandar, but he was defeated and killed by the Guardians of the Galaxy.
In recent years, the Kree have been much more prominent on Marvel television. The blue-skinned aliens have been antagonists on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and they also created the Inhumans. Moreover, it was Kree technology (and biology) that resurrected Phil Coulson after Loki killed him in The Avengers. Captain Marvel will restore the Kree's prominence on the film side of Marvel, and fans will see the devious race and their leader Ronan in their heyday.
As a final note, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn recently confirmed that an Easter egg featuring the Skrull language appeared in the first movie. The Easter egg indicates that Rocket's gun is either of Skrull design, or contains Skrull technology. Either way, it's an interesting (if small) connection to the events of Captain Marvel.
- 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
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019