Update: The Captain Marvel runtime is confirmed: you'll be in for 128 minutes (that's 2 hours and 8 minutes) of Air Force origins, strange space encounters, and super-powered transformations when Captain Marvel arrives, according to Box Office Mojo. That runtime puts it right about in the middle of the pack for MCU movies: 32 minutes shorter than Avengers: Infinity War, but 16 minutes longer than Thor: The Dark World.
Original story: Captain Marvel will blast onto cinema screens in a mere couple of months and thanks to it being the first female-led MCU movie and that Avengers: Infinity War post-credits scene, Marvel fans are hyped. Hell, we're all hyped!
Captain Marvel is one of most powerful comic book heroes around, so expect a superhero flick like we've never seen before. With the ability to fly, move planets, shoot photon blasts from her hands, and, oh yeah, TIME TRAVEL, Captain Marvel's powers are pretty much unmatched in the world of the MCU. And that's a good thing if the rumours about Captain Marvel and Avengers 4: Endgame are to be believed. Thanos better watch out...
Despite being almost all-powerful, you'd be forgiven for not knowing much about Captain Marvel's backstory as she's not really one of the mainstream Marvel heroes everyone talks about like Spider-Man or Captain America. That's where we come in - below we have everything you've ever wanted to know about Captain Marvel, from her comic book powers and costume, to the latest about the Captain Marvel movie.
Keep on scrolling and watch every Captain Marvel trailer released so far, find out exactly what she's capable with a breakdown of Captain Marvel's powers, and make a note of the Captain Marvel release date (March 8), so you don't miss one of the biggest moments in MCU history.
- 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, Lashana Lynch, and more
- Captain Marvel writers: Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman
Captain Marvel release date
Good news! The Captain Marvel release date is very nearly here. While we've had a long wait - Marvel Studios first announced the Captain Marvel movie back in October 2014 - we've now got just... *counts on fingers* 45 days until Captain Marvel hits cinemas on March 8, 2019.
In case you're wondering, that's two months before Avengers: Endgame releases on May 3, 2019, and Spider-Man: Far From Home comes out on July 5, 2019, which follows Marvel Studios' traditional pattern of three new Marvel movies a year.
Expect the Captain Marvel release date to shift slightly before 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 or a week, but that's not always the case as proven by Ant-Man and the Wasp, which came out in the US a month before its UK release.
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Captain Marvel trailer
After months of waiting and multiple teases from Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, we finally got the first Captain Marvel trailer (above) in September.
That crash into Blockbuster! The never-before-seen spaceships! Granny punching! It's a powerful sneak peek at what's to come from the MCU's first female-led movie and while young Nick Fury does most of the talking in the 1.56 minute teaser, it's Brie Larson's hero you can't take your eyes off.
But the Captain Marvel trailer also left us with a lot of questions... what caused the crash which brought Captain Marvel back to Earth? Why doesn't she remember her human life? And who is Fury paging on yes, that pager?!
If you thought the first Captain Marvel trailer had everything you could have possibly hoped for from a cosmic flick, the second Captain Marvel trailer (above) upped the ante even more. We got granny-punching (again!), Nick Fury getting all cuddly with Carol’s cat, Goose, and there was even a look at what already appears to be one of the all-time best MCU moments: Carol going binary.
In a scene that looks like Star Wars on LSD, Captain Marvel flies through space, her hair ablaze, and she’s shooting everything that moves. Does anyone want to show Thanos this? Maybe he’ll use the Time Stone, pack up his things, and get the hell out of our galaxy before Brie Larson shows up.
We also got more of a taste when it comes to Captain Marvel’s origins. She’s been injected with some sort of super Kree serum so, in the words of Anette Bening’s mysterious character: “You can live longer, stronger, superior.” Jude Law’s supposedly still unnamed character seems a bit more menacing this time around too. Expect him to play a big role as maybe a surprise third-act villain, despite seemingly being on Carol’s side.
And finally, we have a third Captain Marvel trailer (above) - or "special look" as Marvel Studios is calling it - which fleshes out villains, the Skrulls, as Captain Marvel gives young Nick Fury the low-down on the shapeshifting aliens.
It also gives us more of an idea about Carol's personality and I have to say, I'm loving her sense of humour. "Does announcing your identity on clothing help with the covert part of you job?" She sarcastically asks Fury. Well, she's got a point.
Captain Marvel poster
The first Captain Marvel poster (above) features the superhero standing in an aircraft hangar in a nod to her human airforce beginnings. But that's not the only reference hiding in the poster. If you look very carefully, there's actually a cat hidden in the dark shadows on the left-hand side of the poster, which confused some people...
Why... um... why is there a random cat in the Captain Marvel poster? #CaptainMarvel pic.twitter.com/1Qp2uELvmOSeptember 18, 2018
If you're still struggling to see it (I know I was!) take a look at the lightened image below:
So, what does it mean? Well, it's actually quite a cool Captain Marvel Easter egg. In the comics, the superhero has a ginger cat called Chewie. Except... it's not a cat at all but a member of a dangerous alien race which resemble Earth cats called Flerkens. Unlike house cats, Flerkens have tentacles that sprout from their mouths and lay eggs. They're also super smart and can travel between dimensions.
Thanks to the second Captain Marvel trailer, we now know that Chewie will be putting in an appearance in the movie too, but he's been renamed as Goose - perhaps because Chewie sounds a little too much like a famous Star Wars character?
But, for me, the second Captain Marvel poster (above) tops the first, even without a feline-themed Easter egg this time around. Embracing the iconic red and blue colour scheme, the new poster also hints at Ms. Danvers going supernova at some point during the movie. It’s also one of the coolest MCU posters out there – and acts as another reason to get fully excited about the movie when it crash lands in March.
That's not all the Captain Marvel posters though - oh no! If you click through the gallery above you can also check out the IMAX, Dolby, and Real 3D exclusive Captain Marvel posters, as well as character posters for everyone, including Goose the cat!
Captain Marvel's powers
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 Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige admits that one of the biggest challenges for the Captain Marvel movie 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 powers include super strength, flight, energy manipulation, and the ability to shoot concussive energy bursts from her hands. There's even the ability for Carol Danvers to go binary, essentially a flame-fuelled assault on her foes, which we glimpsed in the second trailer.
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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 2018, Larson told E!: "This has been an amazing challenge. She’s so so strong, she can move planets!"
She also told the Toronto Sun: "She’s crazy strong. She can shoot photon blasts from her hands. She can also absorb energy. Is there anything else I’m missing? I feel like there’s a lot that goes with that. Oh yeah, she can fly."
Oh and she can also time travel. Wait... what? Yes, that's right, as confirmed by Samuel L. Jackson in an interview with Entertainment Tonight Captain Marvel can time travel, which might come in handy during a certain Avengers: Endgame.
"She’s pretty much the strongest character - in terms of someone with powers are able to do things - in the Marvel universe," he says. "I mean, [the Avengers] are up against some really, really tough odds right now - we saw throughout Infinity War - so now we know that we need something that's as powerful as Thanos. And at some point, we'll find out how powerful she is and all the things that she's capable of. She's one of the few people in the Marvel universe that can time travel, so..."