Captain Marvel movie release date, powers, trailer, and everything else you need to know

An image of Brie Larson, AKA Captain Marvel, at SDCC 2016

While the Captain Marvel movie has officially wrapped filming, we still haven't had an official first look, trailer, or anything else from Marvel Studios to tease our desperately high hopes for its first female-led film. What we have had is one hell of an Avengers: Infinity War post-credits scene, proving just how important Captain Marvel will be in the MCU, so rather than sit around and just wait for info to drop into our laps, we've been been hard at work collecting everything we can find about the upcoming Captain Marvel movie. 

Want to know what Captain Marvel's powers are? Wondering what Brie Larson has said about joining the MCU? Curious as to what the Captain Marvel symbol is? You can find the answers to all these questions and more below as we pull together everything we know - and everything we can speculate on - about the Captain Marvel movie so far. 

Fast Facts:

  • Captain Marvel movie release date: March 8, 2019
  • Captain Marvel directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
  • Captain Marvel cast: Brie Larson, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Samuel L Jackson, Lee Pace, Clark Gregg, Gemma Chan, Djimon Honsou
  • Captain Marvel writers: Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman

The Captain Marvel release date is locked in for 2019

While Brie Larson recently confirmed via Instagram that filming had wrapped on Captain Marvel (barring any reshoots), we've still got a fair old wait until Captain Marvel hits our screens. The Captain Marvel release date is confirmed for March 8, 2019, which is a whole two months before Avengers 4 on May 3, 2019. There's also the small (emphasis on small) matter of Ant-Man and the Wasp, which is out in the US now but won't reach UK fans until August 3, 2018. This is following the traditional pattern Marvel has set down of three new Marvel movies a year, with Spider-Man: Far From Home closing things out on July 5, 2019. 

Expect the Captain Marvel release date to shift slightly as we get closer to its release as Marvel Studios rarely releases its films on the exact same date in the US and the UK. Usually the UK gets it first by a couple of days to a week, but as we can see from the Ant-Man and the Wasp release date, that's not always the case. 

What are Captain Marvel's powers?

An image from the Captain Marvel 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 her superhero form – and 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, and Brie Larson herself recently teased Captain Marvel's impressive powers. Speaking at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards this year, Larson told E!: "This has been an amazing challenge. She’s so so strong, she can move planets!" Thanos better watch out. 

The Captain Marvel trailer is still "a few months" away

An image of Kevin Feige and Brie Larson at SDCC 2016

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When it comes to guessing when we'll get a Captain Marvel trailer, San Diego Comic Con 2018 was a safe bet... and then Marvel Studios revealed that it wouldn't be attending this year's Comic Con. WHAT?! Not only does this mean a distinct lack of MCU reveals at the iconic fan event, but it also makes it a lot harder to guess when we'll get the first Captain Marvel trailer. According to Feige though, we shouldn't hold our breath. In an interview with ComicBook.com, Feige said that Marvel Studios is "still figuring it out" and that a trailer is "a few months" away, slapping our hopes down by adding "you already know as much as you need to". Obviously, Marvel is keen to keep the Captain Marvel trailer under wraps for as long as possible, but given her obvious involvement in the Infinity War/Avengers 4 storyline and the hype around her solo film, Marvel better not wait too long or... we'll get upset. 

The Captain Marvel casts includes a few surprises

Here’s something you should definitely know by now: Brie Larson is playing ace pilot Carol Danvers, AKA Captain Marvel. Announced at SDCC 2016, Larson even found time to pose with a Marvel Studios cap, which makes for a nice photo. Thanks Brie! 

Ready for something you probably didn’t know? Jude Law is starring opposite Larson as the comics’ other Captain Marvel, Mar-Vell, who will reportedly be a mentor to the superhero after her power-inducing accident. Other new faces include Ben Mendelsohn who's signed on to play the big bad!

There’s no end to the shocks, either, as the movie appears to be packed with plenty of well-known MCU alumni to help prop up Larson’s newcomer status. Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury and Clark Gregg's Phil Coulson are both returning and it'll be a significant role for both of them as Fury will have two eyes for the first time ever in a Marvel movie(!), and this will be Agent Coulson's first MCU movie appereance since ‘dying’ in The Avengers

Both performances will undergo some serious post-production work to make Jackson and Gregg look 20 years younger, so their characters fit with the '90s setting. Using the same de-aging effects used on Robert Downey Jr. in Captain America: Civil War, Feige reveals to Slashfilm Fury will “be the first one where it’s a character for the whole movie, as opposed to a glimpse at a certain period of time. It’s the whole movie.” 

Agent Coulson isn't the only one coming back from the dead though as Guardians of the Galaxy villains Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and Korath (Djimon Honsou) will also put in an appereance (more on what that means later) and undoubtedly be a thorn in Captain Marvel’s red-and-blue side.

Expect some flashbacks too as Mckenna Grace has been cast as a young Carol Danvers and Annette Bening will (probably) be playing her mother, although her role is still being kept under wraps and all we really know is that she's a scientist. 

Finally, Humans actress Gemma Chan confirmed her involvement via a set picture from her official Twitter account, and more recently gave us a first look at her character, Minn-Erva, also via Twitter

Captain Marvel’s costume keeps faith in red and blue... or does it?

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... yeah, good luck with that! Concept art showcased by Feige at SDCC 2017 – again, more on this below – matches this look. Even if we haven’t seen it in glorious HD yet, it’s a hugely promising start...

But it doesn't stop there. Sure, we may have seen the iconic red and blue pop up in the Infinity War post-credits scene, but everyone's got to start somewhere. And that means Carol Danvers has a proto-costume that we've already clapped eyes on in a sneaky behind-the-scenes image. These Captain Marvel set pics show off a green version of her suit, indicating that it'll be some time yet before Captain Marvel dons the garish garb in which she made her name.

The Captain Marvel plot is (literally) up in the air

An image from Captain Marvel

The Captain Marvel movie synopsis reads as follows: 

The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

While this doesn't tell us much about the Captain Marvel plot, we do at least know its time period: the 1990s. Acting as a sort-of prequel the MCU, it’s a wise move for Marvel to go backwards rather than forwards after everything that's happened in Infinity War. Sure, it doesn’t beat the ‘80s for killer threads and tunes, but it’s an interesting setting, that’s for sure.

We’ve already hypothesised that Captain Marvel’s lack of well, any appearance in the MCU so far, and the fact that her solo movie is set in the ‘90s, is a surefire sign that we’re going all timey-wimey with Avengers 4, and there's little doubt that Captain Marvel will be at the forefront of all this. 

There’s also the small matter of that intergalactic war mentioned. Comic book lovers will instantly point to the Kree-Skrull war being brought to the big screen and, with Ronan the Accuser making an appereance in the movie, it sure looks like we’re getting the makings of a space-faring showdown with Captain Marvel playing peacemaker. This is supported by a little titbit Feige offered when he told everyone to calm down about the Captain Marvel trailer. "You already know as much as you need to," Feige said to ComicBook.com. "We've got Skrulls, we've got the Kree, it takes place in the '90s, you have Sam Jackson with two eyes and Carol Danvers, a unique telling of Carol Danvers origin story." What more do you want?

The Captain Marvel directors are a highly regarded double act

An image of Captain Marvel directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

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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 Captain Marvel appointment is a fascinating one. They’ve been working together since 2000, co-directing for the first time on the 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.”

Captain Marvel's behind-the-scene team will be completed by Tomb Raider’s Geneva Robertson-Dworet who is on script duties, taking over from initial writers Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve in August 2017.

The Captain Marvel comic suggests possible plotlines

An image from the Captain Marvel comics

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 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: As we've already discussed, 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.