If you weren’t excited for Captain Marvel before, chances are you absolutely are now. A new Captain Marvel trailer and poster has been doing the rounds, offering us a tantalising glimpse into what awaits us (and Carol Danvers) on March 8, 2018. But that’s not the only thing that’s been revealed.
If you’re aching to discover who’s who in the Captain Marvel cast – one that keeps on throwing up surprises by the day – or need to find out more about who the Captain Marvel directors are and what they’ve been doing to keep us on the edge of our seats, then you’re in the right place. Plus, there’s the small matter of Captain Marvel’s powers. If you don’t know what she’s going to use to kick Thanos’ butt, then you’d best get acquainted real quick!
She may be a newcomer, but Brie Larson is already firing on all cylinders when it comes to her big MCU debut. With Avengers 4 also just over the horizon, it’s crucial that you take in everything you need to know about Captain Marvel as it’s not only the biggest stop on the road to Avengers 4, Larson will be sticking around as Captain Marvel for a long time to come. And as for Goose the Cat? Well, you’ll find out about him soon enough.
- 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
- Captain Marvel writers: Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman
The Captain Marvel release date is locked in for 2019
Sadly, 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. This follows Marvel Studios' traditional pattern of three new Marvel movies a year, with Spider-Man: Far From Home closing next year 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 or a week, but that's not always the case as proven by Ant-Man and the Wasp, which had a month-long gap. Let's hope that doesn't happen for Captain Marvel!
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The Captain Marvel trailers show us why you don't mess with Carol Danvers
After months of waiting and multiple teases from Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, we finally got the first Captain Marvel trailer (above) in September. At long last we've had our first proper look at the superhero in action thanks to the above teaser.
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?!
And 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 one of what already looks like 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.
The Captain Marvel posters include fire and felines
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. Pretty cool!
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, which you can see above, 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.
What are 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 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. 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.
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.