As the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to drop photos and details of the much anticipated Captain Marvel, the stakes for the film and the wider franchise are only growing higher.
Building up to the much-ballyhooed transition to Phase 4 of the incredibly successful superhero movie series, it’s widely expected that both Captain Marvel and the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War (currently only known as Avengers 4) will be the transitional pivots to that next phase. What comes thereafter is anybody’s guess. There are rampant rumors that both Captain America and Iron Man may be “retired," ot to mention that whole Thanos “snap” moment, which may mean at least some of our beloved characters may not be coming back from the beyond the grave. On top of all that, the recent acquisition of Fox by Disney means that the Fantastic Four could be joining the MCU.
Now, Captain Marvel needs to not only save the day in her own movie, she is also directing traffic at the crossroads of the greatest fantasy film franchise ever created. That’s a lot to put on her shoulders, but we have a feeling she’ll pull through. After all, that all pales in comparison to being the first female hero to lead a solo MCU film.
So what will really change and what won’t? We know the answers to some of those questions. But for some other puzzles, there are rumors which many fans simply wish would not materialize in our reality!
Here are 10 Rumors About Captain Marvel Confirmed To Be True (And 10 We Hope Aren’t).
20 Confirmed: Captain Marvel Takes Place Before Infinity War
One of the biggest questions at the end of Avengers: Infinity War is just who the heck is Nick Fury dialing up for help before he dissolved into nothing?
True fans know that this moment heralds the coming of Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel. But how does Fury know her? Why haven’t we met her?
The film has been revealed to be taking place in the 1990s.
That means that Danvers and Fury have already worked together, and he’s been keeping her existence secret, only to call her in the worst of emergencies. This is crucial because it means she has not directly confronted Thanos during the Infinity War yet, and so is available as the much needed cavalry our heroes need!
19 Hope Not: The Hulk
Despite the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s recent reveal of a treasure trove of Captain Marvel details, we cannot be certain of everyone who does and doesn’t appear in the film.
Complicating matters is the timeline question. We know it’ll be set in the '90s, but might some of the story take place in the years since-- or even catch up to the here and now?
It’s anybody’s guess, but rumored leaked production art seems to indicate the Hulk may actually show up.
Which would be cool, except he’d depicted wearing a super-goofy “battle suit.” It's not anything like the cool “gladiator” garb he sported in Thor: Ragnarok Let us please hope this wardrobe fail doesn’t make it to the final cut.
18 Confirmed: Features Young Nick Fury with Two Eyes
It has been confirmed that Samuel L. Jackson will be reprising his role as the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Captain Marvel.
Jackson will play a younger version of himself, with the actor being digitally made to look younger. While it is not yet known what his function in the secretive super-spy organization was in the past, it’s safe to say he will be at a much lower rank. Another thing recently revealed set photos show is that Nick has not yet lost his left eye in the 1990s.
That’s right, both peepers rest placidly on his face, with no trademark eyepatch in sight!
Will fans get to see just how his awful wound happened in the Captain Marvel movie?
17 Hope Not: Rick Jones Will Appear
Rick is Marvel comic’s perineal sidekick. First appearing in The Incredible Hulk #1, he was pivotal in Bruce Banner’s gamma ray accident that transformed him into a green monster. Later on, he actually took on the mantle of Bucky Barnes, fighting alongside Captain America. He even shared a body with Mar-Vell for a while. In fact, he sort of single-handedly won the famous Krull-Skree War in 1972!
Now it’s rumored he’s in the Captain Marvel movie, which would be his first MCU. Please, let’s keep Rick out.
If he belongs anywhere, it’s as the Hulk’s best friend, anything else would just feel wrong.
16 Confirmed: Ronan is back
For those Guardians of the Galaxy fans who absolutely fell in love with the super Kree bad guy Ronan the Accuser, boy, do we have good news for you. The hammer-wielding hulk who is neither Thor nor The Hulk returns to the screen for another go at space-faring madness.
For those who didn't love Ronan the Accuser in Guardians of the Galaxy, actor Lee Pace has another shot to impress them and add some dimension to the character.
Perhaps none of this should be surprising. After all, Captain Marvel is all about the Kree, as we shall discuss very soon.
15 Hope Not: Carol Danvers' Anti-Aging Secret
Here’s the thing about Carol Danvers: she’s going to be appearing in the 1990s as Captain Marvel, we also know that she’s going to be in 2019’s Avengers 4. And we know she’s going to essentially seem to be the same age, even though 20 or more years have passed. So how does that work?
Rumor has it that the MCU will introduce what was called the “Kree Psyche-Magnetron” from the comics.
Basically, it’s an advanced machine that can give people superpowers. Supposedly, it’s going to allow Danvers' aging process to slow down a lot. That will explain things, but it’s a pretty goofy choice if it comes to pass. Hopefully, a smarter plot point will be revealed-- like time travel.
14 Confirmed: Other Kree Will Play Major Roles
Yes, Captain Marvel is going heavy on the Kree, one of the most important alien races from Marvel comics to not yet have been explored in the MCU.
Looking back at decades of stories, the mind boggles at just how many memberes of this warrior species will make it onto the screen. Besides the aforementioned Ronan, there are a few we know about for sure.
Korath the Pursuer has been confirmed, as has Minn-Erva and a few others we’ll save for later.
Some of the most important Kree we still don’t have confirmation on yet. Most conspicuous of all is the Supreme Intelligence, the AI ruler of the galactic empire. Basically, he’s a giant green alien head wired up into computers who can do almost anything.
13 Hope Not: Moonstone Will Be the Villain
In the comics, the supervillain Moonstone is one heck of a complex character. First appearing as gun moll for the Captain America villain Dr. Faustus, she joined the Masters of Evil and later, the super-confusing evil/good guy team Thunderbolts.
She’s gone from villain to antihero and – you won’t believe this – she even became Ms. Marvel for a while!
If none of this makes sense, it’s because her character trajectory has been all over the place. Because she gets her powers from a Kree rock, it is believed she may appear in Captain Marvel to battle Carol Danvers. That would only muck things up.
By the way – her powers are almost identical to The Vision’s abilities, so it wouldn’t even be like we get to see some new and cool powers anyway.
12 Confirmed: Skrulls!
While we all love the Kree, the Skrulls are the granddaddy alien species of the Marvel comics universe. Appearing for the first time in 1961’s Fantastic Four #2, MCU fans have been frustrated at the delay of their arrival in the cinematic continuity. Fox never featured them in any of its three sub-par FF film efforts, but Captain Marvel will be introducing them to us in a big way.
Be warned: these shape-shifting conquerors have given many a Marvel hero a run for their money.
They even engineered a Secret Invasion in the comics where they impersonated scores of superheroes for years. With the coming of these formidable foes, Carol Danvers really has her work cut out for her.
11 Hope Not: Ms. Marvel First, Captain Marvel Later
Here’s a weird rumor which may not seem terribly consequential at first, but we still hope isn’t true. Captain Marvel was originally Mar-Vell in the comics and not Carol Danvers. When Marvel wanted to give a woman some Kree powers, they had to give her a different monike,r as Mar-Vell was still very much active in the continuity. And thus, the name "Ms. Marvel" was anointed upon Danvers.
It's rumored that, in the script, she possibly begins with the “Ms. Marvel” codename, and gets upgraded to Captain later.
Do we really need to stick Carol with a gender tag when clearly, her rank is what matters as a warrior? Danvers is a military professional and that’s how she should be defined, especially since there’s no other Captain to get past this time.
10 Confirmed: Coulson Is Back
Oh Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans, does the Captain Marvel movie have good news for you! Agent Phil Coulson is set to appear in the film, played once again by the widely-adored Clark Gregg.
The stoic yet warm super-spy will be involved in the earthly defense project alongside Nick Fury.
What his role, and indeed, all of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s role will be in the story is yet to be determined. But it looks like the band’s getting back together for this one.
This is yet another raising of the stakes because what happens could affect the course of the TV show, which has its sixth season debuting just a couple of months after Captain Marvel. Will Coulson get more cosmic in the series?
9 Hope Not: Too Much Focus on S.H.I.E.L.D.
Another extremely convoluted history in Marvel comics surrounds the exact origins and function of S.H.I.E.L.D.
In its original appearance in Strange Tales #135, the main focus of its energies is in dealing with Hydra. In fact, Hydra was kind of why they were first created after WWII. But retconning has set the organization up to go even further back in time, thousands of years in fact, with everybody from Leonardo DaVinci to Tony Stark supposedly having had a hand in it!
With an entire show dedicated to the agency's current status, and another former show based around its founding, we've had enough S.H.I.E.L.D. focus in the MCU.
Note to the filmmakers: you don’t need to tie everything together. Save some backstory for future generations.
8 Confirmed: Mar-Vell Is in it
As promised, another hugely important Kree is making his way to Captain Marvel. None other than Mar-Vell, who was the original Captain Marvel in the comics, is playing a pivotal role in the movie.
Not to confuse anybody, but when Mar-Vell was first introduced in the pages of Marvel Superheroes #12, it was as “Captain Marvel” and he stayed that way for years. Carol Danvers first appeared as “Ms. Marvel” when she acquired her powers, and now, several characters have worn both the Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel mantle over time. Don’t even get us started on how Shazam! (also originally known as Captain Marvel) plays into this history!
Anyway, in the film, Mar-Vell is Carol’s mentor, played by Jude Law.
7 Hope Not: Nick Fury Is a Skrull
One persistent whisper campaign has it that “Nick Fury” is actually going to end up being a Skrull in the Captain Marvel movie.
As any comics reader knows, continuity-shaking plot twists during the Secret Invasion crossover event altered the history of a whole bunch of Marvel characters. Many of favorite heroes’ histories were a lie because they were really Skrulls all along and the real heroes were captive and it all just got to be too much.
There’s already plenty of universe and storytelling going on in the films, audiences do not need to play too many guessing game. IT becomes tedious.
Also, Marvel so far has a solid record managing the multi-film franchise's continuity. Unnecessary complications like “Nick Fury was never Nick Fury” could easily screw that up and turn the MCU into the same continuity mess the comics have become.
6 Confirmed: Monica Rambeau Is Introduced
Monica Rambeau was also bestowed with the Captain Marvel moniker starting in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16, although she is human and not Kree, and had totally different powers. Eventually changing her name to Photon, Pulsar, and most recently, Spectrum, Monica has the ability to transform herself into pure energy.
Just to be clear, Monica isn’t going to be Captain Marvel in the movie, but her mother Maria is a main character.
It’s being reported that her daughter Monica will be mentioned. It’s important to recall that the film takes place in the '90s, whichmeans Monica would be at least 20 by the time we get to the contemporary timeline, perfectly lining up with a potential Phase 4 appearance by the character. Funny how that works
5 Confirmed: It’s Not an Origin Story
Tired of wasting the first hour of every superhero movie with the perfunctory how-did-they-get-their-powers drudgery? Well, Captain Marvel fans, breathe in a huge sigh of relief. It has been confirmed that the film will not, we repeat, will not have an origin story in it!
Goodness, gracious, whatever will this film do? Get to the action more quickly? Spend time developing more than just one character? The possibilities are endless when we remove the albatross of origin story from around the audience’s neck.
Opportunities abound to add Easter eggs, smart plot twists ,and maybe even heighten the drama. Here’s to hoping the filmmakers make the best of it!
4 Hope Not: Messes Up Fantastic Four’s Arrival to MCU
As mentioned, Disney has acquired Fox and the Fantastic Four may be for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There’s been a lot of talk about how Phase 4 of the MCU is going to be more “cosmic,” which makes sense with Captain Marvel.
However, the FF were the first to take on intergalactic threats in the comics, with the Skrulls appearing in the very second issue of the series. Reed Richards’ handling of the Skrull invasion affected the storylines for decades. Now, it looks like the FF won’t be as pivotal in facing down the shape-shifting race.
Does this mean we’ll never see the Super-Skrull take on the FF? This disruption will deviate from some of Marvel’s most classic tales, so hopefully it won’t totally wreck things.
3 Confirmed: Starforce Are Joining
Back to the Kree characters appearing in the movie, it has been confirmed that none other than Starforce are in Captain Marvel.
Along with the aforementioned Minn-Erva, Roanan, and Korath, at least two more fellow teammates are seen in recently-released photos from the film.
For those unfamiliar with Starforce, they were actually a supervillain team in the comics.
With the exception of a few of the alien race, the Kree are generally just as much of a threat to the Earth as Skrulls are, both being war and conquest societies on the galactic scale.
Will they be good guys in the Captain Marvel movie? And while we’re here, will the Kree as a species be ally or adversaries to our superheroes? That part we still don’t know.
2 Hope Not: New War Machine design
For fans of '90s Marvel comics, few artists are more divisive than the line-happy illustrator Rob Liefeld. Following in the stylistic footstep of Todd McFarlane, Liefeld changed the way fans saw Marvel characters like the X-Men, New Mutants and Spider-Man before moving on to co-found his own comics publisher, Image.
Some readers loved his quirky art, and he is, in fact, very popular. One thing all can agree on, his overly busy character designs don’t work in every setting.
Leaked production art is rumored to show a version of War Machine who looks very Liefeld-ish, which would look as annoying as the overly-complicated movie versions of Transformers.
1 Hope Not: They Changed Captain Marvel’s Cat’s Name
In the comics, Carol Danvers is a huge Star Wars fan. So much so, she names her beloved cat “Chewie” after everybody’s favorite fuzzball Chewbacca.
One report has spread the rumor that the cat in the film will be named “Goose.”
Now, while that may be the case, and it may not mean much – why would Disney, which owns both Marvel and Lucasfilm, need to take out that element of the character? It’s not like it's going to sue itself.
Maybe the studio is afraid that mixing universe references will be “crossing the streams” and possibly create a Ghostbusters scenario?
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