You may have already seen the big Captain Marvel EW cover reveal yesterday, but chances are in all the excitement you missed the biggest, most important revelations. Y’know, the other Captain Marvel images (again, exclusive to EW), which show off a group of villains that could turn Phase 4 on its head, a young Nick Fury, and one of the most shocking team-ups ever seen in the MCU. And that’s just the beginning…
So, if you haven’t had a chance to pick EW up yet, here’s all the info in one place – and what it all could mean for Captain Marvel and beyond.
The Skrulls have invaded
Shape-shifting aliens The Skrulls have infiltrated Earth. As you can imagine, this is not good news. The green-skinned extraterrestrials have washed up on a beach somewhere and are probably going to pull off a master plan that involves Skrull head honcho Talos, played by Ben Mendelsohn. He’s already made his way to what looks like a bustling city and, if you know your comics, you know a Skrull invasion spells bad news for everyone as they can take on the form of anyone – even your favourite Avengers – and no one would know the difference for years and years.
Nick Fury is young again and has two eyes!
As Captain Marvel is set in the 1990s, Nick Fury hasn’t yet had the misfortune of losing one of his eyes yet, and Marvel Studios has also given Samuel L. Jackson a helping hand to fit into the timeline. Using some of that nifty CGI tech to de-age the actor, here he is looking pretty fly for a 69-year-old guy:
These Guardians villains are back... but not in the way you might expect
We already knew that both Guardians of the Galaxy’s Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and persistent thorn-in-the-side Korath (Djimon Honsou) would be showing up in Captain Marvel. What we didn’t know is that Korath, pretty much a baddie by the time we meet him in the first Guardians movie, would be teaming up with Carol Danvers as part of her Starforce. And why are they meeting with Ronan? Hmm…
New faces... and maybe a new MCU hero
What would a MCU movie be without some A-list talent drafted in? Here’s your first look at Jude Law as Carol’s mentor Mar-Vell, but what are we supposed to make of the fact he’s sharing a room with Ronan?
As for that new MCU hero? Say hello to Carol’s friend and fellow Air Force pilot Maria Rambeau (actor’s name) - who offers a pretty deep cut Marvel reference. Described as a “single mother”, in the comics, her daughter Monica goes on to become the superhero Photon. And guess what Maria’s callsign is? That’s right: Photon. Could we see another female superhero join the MCU ranks soon? Here’s hoping!
Carol can pull off any look
Crap ‘90s fashion, complete with Nine Inch Nails t-shirt? Check. Air Force fatigues? Check. The first full look at the superhero costume? Check. Brie Larson can seemingly wear anything and still look effortlessly cool, but it’s her Captain Marvel costume that impresses the most. The colours pop and, most importantly, she looks raring to go into battle. Thanos had better watch his back, that’s all I’m saying.
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