Captain Marvel movie: Brie Larson talks Marvel's "super collaborative" process, release date, cast, and everything you need to know

Fast Facts:

  • Captain Marvel movie release date: March 8, 2019
  • Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
  • Cast: Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson
  • Writer: Geneva Robertson-Dworet

Update: September 12, 2017 - Brie Larson on working with Marvel Studios

Captain Marvel herself, Brie Larson, touched down at Toronto International Film Festival 2017 to promote her directorial debut movie, Unicorn Store, but she also had a few (very positive) words to say about working with Marvel Studios. Watch The Hollywood Reporter video above to see Larson talk about how things are going on the solo MCU movie or read below for a full transcript:

That’s one of the things that I’m so impressed with at Marvel... although they are this big company… they’re stories are really character driven and they care a lot about the journey of these characters, and they understand that these films are a metaphor for the things that are very real in our lives. 

So there’s been a lot of talk about it, they’re really open to the things that I have to say about it, and its super collaborative so it feels like any other job at this point which is really wonderful.

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The Captain Marvel movie looks to go one better than Wonder Woman

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Recent MCU films have transformed expectations of superhero movies for the better, with only one worrisome trait: The lack of a sole female protagonist. (One might argue that Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow is at least three years overdue a bespoke film.) That’s now, finally, set to change. In October 2014, Marvel announced that Captain Marvel would be getting her own movie. From a release perspective it might have been beaten to the punch by DC’s Wonder Woman, but this is still a hugely important step forwards for studio and audiences alike. So long, that is, as the film matches the excellence of MCU’s other contemporary work. Thus far there are promising signs, and below you’ll find everything we know about the film’s release date, cast, and origins, as well as Captain Marvel’s alter-ego, costume and enemies. It’ll be regularly updated in the build-up to release so make sure you check back. 

The Captain Marvel movie release date is locked in for 2019

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Don’t hold your breath for this one: Captain Marvel’s release date is March 8, 2019. And little doubt you’ll be gasping for it by then, as it’ll have been a full nine months since a new Marvel film in cinemas – it’s preceded by Ant-Man and the Wasp on July 6, 2018. Also coming in 2019: Avengers 4 on May 3, and Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 on 5 July.

Captain Marvel’s powers appear to be true to the comics

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As her name suggests, there are few characters in the Marvel universe who can hang with Carol Danvers once she takes on superhero form – and studios president Kevin Feige admits that one of the movie’s biggest challenges is giving her a metaphorical achilles heel. “She will be by far the most powerful character we’ve ever introduced,” he said in a 2016 interview. “‘How do you find those limitations? How do you find those vulnerabilities?’ is something that is sort of at the crux of the story we’re putting together.”

In the comics, Captain Marvel’s main powers include super strength, flight, energy manipulation, and the ability to shoot concussive energy bursts from her hands. The first concept art revealed for the film – which I’ll get to shortly – hints at at least two, if not three, of those powers being present in the movie.

Captain Marvel’s costume keeps faith in red and blue

Designed by MCU concept artist Andy Park, Captain Marvel’s costume appears to be faithful to her recent comic book look: A predominantly blue jumpsuit with red shoulders, forearms, hands, boots and belt. I say ‘appears’ because the first sighting of it was a low-res painting, as visible in the above tweet. Park says he wants to share higher-res visuals, but is awaiting clearance from his bosses. Concept art showcased by Marvel head Kevin Feige at SDCC 2017 – more details of which below – match this look. Even if we haven’t seen it in glorious HD yet, it’s a hugely promising start. 

The Captain Marvel movie trailer could be a Comic Con revelation

SDCC 2017 delivered secret trailers for both Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, but there was no such treatment for Captain Marvel – which is hardly surprising, given that only two cast members are known, and it’s not due to start filming until February 2018. On that schedule, an appearance at SCDD 2018 isn’t out of the question, and indeed would make sense given Marvel’s keenness to make an annual splash in San Diego. With that in mind, I’m putting July 2018 in my diary as the likely reveal date for its first trailer.

The Captain Marvel movie cast is only two deep... for now

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Brie Larson – who snared an Academy Award for Roomwas announced as Captain Marvel in July 2016, and had been heavily linked to the role for some time beforehand. She’ll play Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. Danvers first appeared in comics in 1968, becoming Ms Marvel in 1977 and then Captain Marvel from 2012 onwards. 

Alongside Larson, the only confirmed cast member is Samuel L Jackson, as Nick Fury. Because this film is a prequel to others in the MCU – more on which below – Fury has both eyes. 

There’s also a chance we see Lee Pace return as Ronan the Accuser, Guardians of the Galaxy’s big bad. Danvers gets her superpowers when a device created by the Kree explodes, and at the point in time when the film is set Ronan would presumably be plotting his ascent to the top of the Kree empire. Young Fury vs Young Ronan would make for quite the onscreen showdown.

The Captain Marvel comic suggests possible plotlines

The Kree-Skrull war formed a major part of Captain Marvel’s comic book story long before Carol Danvers assumed the identity – since 1971, to be specific – and Kevin Feige has confirmed that it’s central to the movie’s plot. But given the choice of directors it’s clear this isn’t purely an action movie, and so we can speculate on other areas of the comics which might deliver the vulnerability Feige spoke of earlier. Such as the murder of Danvers’ boyfriend and psychiatrist Dr Michael Bennett, who was brutally beaten to death in his office, with all his files on Danvers stolen; or her stint as an alcoholic in which personal issues triggered a code name change from Ms Marvel to Warbird, and she went on missions while still under the influence. With Captain Marvel herself super-powerful, it’ll be this human side to Danvers which makes her relatable and potentially fallible, and so either of these major events could conceivably form part of her movie story. (If not in the first film, then potential in any sequels...)

The Captain Marvel movie concept art gives first look at Skrulls

SDCC 2017 was a breakthrough show for the Captain Marvel movie, as Marvel head Kevin Feige unveiled the first concept art pertaining to the film. It shows off bad guys The Skrulls, an extraterrestrial humanoid race with a massive galactic empire. The significance of their reveal is more than cosmetic: The Skrulls are rumoured to form a major part of the story in Avengers 4, and an appearance here would seemingly tie those films together, and flesh out their motivations. Fans initially wondered how Marvel was able to utilise a Fox property, but Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn explained that there are different Skrulls licensed separately to Marvel and Fox:

Additional concept art flashed by Feige, and visible below, shows Brie Larson in Captain Marvel’s signature red-and-blue gear – first giving those nefarious Skrulls a dusting down, then hovering above her enemies with hands aglow. It’s all pretty badass and if it hasn’t whet your appetite for the flick, I don’t know what can.

Captain Marvel’s origin takes us back to the ‘90s

Most assumed that Captain Marvel’s plot would be set after Infinity War. In fact, this is a prequel to the other MCU films, set in the 1990s – so, for example, both of Nick Fury’s eyes are still intact. The focus of the movie will be conflict between those aforementioned Skrulls and the Kree, whose device is directly responsible for Danvers’ development of superpowers. “There’s an entire section of our comics that deal with the Kree/Skrull war, and we haven’t tapped into that at all,” Kevin Feige told CinemaBlend. “We thought that would be an amazing, huge part of the mythology to belong to Captain Marvel.”

The Captain Marvel movie logo needs few words

While we’re some way off any sort of Captain Marvel poster, its logo was revealed very early on. As you can see above, it’s black and red and gold, and simple and bold. 

The Captain Marvel movie director is a highly regarded double act

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Two rising stars of Hollywood share the director’s chair for Captain Marvel – or, you’d rather hope, will both be given a chair each, given the film’s sizeable budget.

Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are collectively known for slow-burn character pieces rather than OTT fisticuffs, so their appointment here is a fascinating one. They’ve been working together since 2000, co-directing for the first time on well-received 2008 baseball drama Sugar. 

Neither has commented on-the-record regarding their adoption of the Captain Marvel mantel, but Marvel kingpin Kevin Feige has spoken of them in the highest possible terms. “They came in many, many times and impressed us with what they had to say about Carol Danvers,” he told Slashfilm. “They live in New York and would fly out at a moment’s notice to pitch on it, which always means a lot… I think they see Carol as another rich, three-dimensional character to explore, who just happens to be able to fly and punch through moons and to lead intergalactic teams.”

Tomb Raider’s Geneva Robertson-Dworet is on script duties, taking over from initial writers Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve in August 2017.

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