Marvel is finally making a female-led superhero movie—Captain Marvel, about Air Force pilot/space superhero Carol Danvers—and if their statements are to be believed, it's coming out in less than a year. It's only taken a decade for this to happen! (I'm counting from the first Iron Man, so as not to get too depressed.) Information about the movie is still scarce, but here's a roundup of everything we know so far.
It's coming out in 2019.On March 8, to be specific. The movie was originally scheduled for July 2018, then got bumped to November 2018, and now—prayer hands—March 8 is the final, official release date.
Brie Larson is playing Carol Danvers.Marvel announced the news back in July 2016, and since then, Brie has been training crazy hard and learning about the Air Force (Carol Danvers, aside from being a superhero, is also a kick-ass pilot). In January, Brie visited an Air Force base in Nevada and met with Brigadier General Jeannie Leavitt, who Brie says helped her "get closer to the core [of] Carol Danvers."Continue reading below ↓
Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role as Nick Fury.Nick Fury first appeared in Iron Man in 2008 and has since popped up in various other MCU films. According to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, this iteration of Nick Fury doesn't yet know that superheroes are a thing. "We wanted to explore a period before Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury had any idea about any of the other heroes and crazy stuff going on in the world," Kevin told Entertainment Weekly in March. "You know, we first met Nick when he told Tony, 'You’re part of a big universe. You just don’t know yet.' Well, we want to go back to a time when he didn’t know it yet, and really showcase and announce that Carol Danvers was that first hero that Nick came across."
Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, and more have also been confirmed to star in the movie.Jude will play Walter Lawson aka Mar-Vell, Carol's mentor who shows her how to use her powers. Djimon and Lee will play Korath and Ronan the Accuser, respectively, both Kree characters who've appeared in other Marvel movies. Gemma Chan will also star as Minn-Erva, a Kree geneticist, and Ben Mendelsohn and Lashana Lynch have been cast in unknown roles.
She could show up in Avengers: Infinity War.
Joe Russo, co-director of the third Avengers movie, has emphatically stated that Carol is not in Infinity War, but naturally the internet would like to believe otherwise. Brie accidentally added fuel to the fire when she shared some fan art on Instagram that showed Carol soaring through the sky above the Avengers logo, but she added that the image was "not a confirmation of anything." Additionally, she was seen on the set of Infinity War and at some point had a mailbox at the studios during shooting, but this could just mean she filmed something and it was cut. UPDATE: She did not show up in Infinity War, but the post-credits scene was absolutely related to her. See number 10 for details.Continue reading below ↓
Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are directing, with a screenplay by...a lot of people.Marvel initially hired Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman to write the script; they eventually left for other projects after writing a treatment. Then Geneva Robertson-Dworet came on board, and later, Carly Mensch and Liz Flahive. All of these people, along with the two directors, have screenplay credits on the film.
Filming started in January 2018.Photos from one shoot showed Brie dressed in a Captain Marvel costume that's decidedly not blue and red, leading many fans to wonder just what exactly is going on here. A nod to Mar-Vell? A flashback? No one knows! Meanwhile, Brie continues to post fan art of Carol in the blue and red:Continue reading below ↓
The movie will be set in the 1990s.Kevin Feige has said that the movie will include homages to classic '90s action films like Terminator 2, but has also noted that a lot of it will take place in outer space (as it should—Captain Marvel, is after all, the boss of space).
The plot is mostly a mystery, but there's a chance it'll involve the Kree-Skrull War plot from the comics.That arc happened in Avengers in the early '70s, and Kevin Feige has more ore less confirmed that elements from it inspired the movie. "We thought that would be an amazing, huge portion of mythology to belong to Captain Marvel," he said at San Diego Comic-Con last July.
SPOILERS FOR INFINITY WAR FOLLOW.
Captain Marvel is going to help deal with the fallout of Infinity War.At the end of Infinity War, Thanos succeeded in filling up his magic gauntlet with magic stones and wiped out half the universe's population with a snap of his fingers. The alleged dead included Spider-Man, Black Panther, Bucky Barnes, Star-Lord, etc. In the post-credits sequence, Nick Fury and Maria Hill also turned to ash, but Nick sent out a page just before he floated away on a breeze. The last shot showed the pager, which instead of displaying a phone number displayed Captain Marvel's Hala star logo. This raises a lot of questions about why no one's ever called her in before now, but also implies that her movie will answer some of those questions. (And she'll probably be in the fourth Avengers movie.)
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