Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has confirmed that Captain Marvel will indeed feature the Kree-Skrull War from the comics. After yesterday’s series of Hall H panels at San Diego Comic-Con, most fans are still trying to sift through all of the announcements and trailers that were presented. For Marvel fans, the double shot of D23 last weekend and this weekend’s panel has meant a lot of new insight into the MCU. Not only did a new trailer drop for Thor: Ragnarok and new casting information arrive for Ant-Man & the Wasp, but we finally learned the first details about Captain Marvel.
As previously reported, Nick Fury will be along for the ride in Captain Marvel, but with a twist; the film will be set in the ’90s, where Fury will be a younger man with both eyes. As for the enemy faced by Earth’s Mightiest Hero, the Skrulls will finally be coming to live-action. We’ve known for a while that Fox and Marvel co-own the shapeshifting alien race, but they’ve yet to appear in a film. With the group arriving in Captain Marvel, a whole new set of stories are possible in the MCU moving forward. While fans will be anxious for news of Secret Invasion making its way to the screen, the other big Skrull arc from the comics has just been confirmed.
IGN was able to speak with Kevin Feige about Captain Marvel after the big reveal and learn more about the new plot points. Though hinted at in the panel, Feige outright confirmed the Kree-Skrull War would be the foundation on which the new movie is set when he was asked why now was the right time to introduce the Skrulls.
“Well we really wanted, we thought it would be fun to, there’s an entire section of our comics that deal with the Kree-Skrull War and we haven’t tapped into that at all. And we thought that would be an amazing, huge portion of mythology to belong to Captain Marvel.”
Starting in 1971, the Kree-Skrull War ran from Avengers #89–97 and mirrored much of what was happening with the Cold War at the time. Pitting the two intergalactic powerhouses against one another, the story mostly focused on the original Captain Marvel, the Kree warrior Mar-Vell. There’s no telling how the new Captain Marvel’s origin will be told in the MCU, but it could be that Mar-Vell’s death during the war sees him pass the mantle to Carol Danvers.
The war was also revisited in the early ’90s, so this could be the version we see in Captain Marvel. The inclusion of the Kree is also exciting as the race has connections to Guardians of the Galaxy, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Inhumans that could open the door for cameos in the film.
When it comes to the inclusion of Nick Fury and the ’90s setting, Feige mostly kept quiet. Admitting Marvel thought they would be fun, he says information about both would bring spoilers. Still, he does say Marvel is excited to explore the ’90s era in the MCU, meaning we could see the inclusion of Peggy Carter, Howard Stark, Hank Pym, and other early figures in SHIELD.
With the film shooting in January, it’s only a matter of time before more information about Captain Marvel arrives – so stay tuned.
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