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

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It's been a busy few weeks for the Captain Marvel movie. We got our first proper look at the superhero and her iconic red and blue suit... then we finally got the Captain Marvel trailer we'd all been waiting for... before even more plot details began to emerge courtesy of some cast interviews. Basically, we have a lot to talk about. 

If you're looking to catch up on all the recent Captain Marvel news - or even if you're just wondering what everyone is talking about - you're in the right place, because below you'll find everything we know about the new Marvel movie so far, including how it fits into the rest of the MCU and Avengers 4

And that's not all. Read on to find out about the Captain Marvel release date, cast, poster, what that trailer tells us, what Captain Marvel's powers are, and loads more. Think of this as your Captain Marvel guide, getting you ready for the release of the first female-led MCU movie when it hits theatres next year.

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, Lashana Lynch
  • Captain Marvel writers: Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman

The Captain Marvel release date is locked in for 2019

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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. There's also the small (emphasis on small) matter of Ant-Man and the Wasp, which is out now and also ties into that Avengers: Infinity War ending. 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 trailer doesn't give much away

We finally have the first Captain Marvel trailer! After months of waiting and multiple teases from Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, at long last we've had our first proper look at Captain Marvel in action thanks to the above trailer. 

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?! 

There's plenty to dissect in this Captain Marvel trailer, but it's only the first of a few we'll get before the movie hits cinemas. For my part, I especially like the fact that it doesn't give too much away about the plot of the film, but whether the rest of the Captain Marvel trailers will do the same, remains to be seen. 

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The Captain Marvel poster is hiding an Easter egg

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Along with the trailer, Marvel Studios also released the first Captain Marvel poster (above), which 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...

If you're still struggling to see it - I know I was! - take a look at the lightened image below:

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So, what does it mean? Well, it's actually quite a cool Captain Marvel Easter egg as 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! There's no word yet on whether this is just a nice nod for Captain Marvel comic book fans, or whether we'll actually get to see Chewie in the movie, but either way, it's a great way to make sure everyone's talking about your new poster!

What are Captain Marvel's powers?

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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 cast is full of surprises

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Here's something which shouldn't come as a surprise: Brie Larson is playing ace Air Force pilot Carol Danvers, AKA Captain Marvel, as announced at San Diego Comic Con 2016. Part-Kree, part-human (but due to a power-inducing accident rather than her lineage), she's incredibly powerful as we mentioned above. She leaves her earthy life behind her after her 'accident' and joins elite military team Starforce, which directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck describe as "the SEAL Team Six of space", according to EW

Read on for a breakdown of the rest of the Captain Marvel cast:

Jude Law as Mar-Vell: The commander of Starforce and something of a mentor to Carol, Mar-Vell sees her powers as an incredible gift. “These extraordinary powers she has, he sees them as something of a blessing and something that she has to learn how to control,” Law tells EW. “That’s a motif throughout the piece, the element of learning to control one’s emotions and to use your powers wisely.”

Ben Mendelsohn as Talos: Leader of iconic Marvel comic book villains the Skrulls, Talos has two faces. One is his green-skinned alien appereance, while the other is more human (as shown in the exclusive EW images below). This is because the Skrulls have the ability to take on the form of others due to their shape-shifting skills. In Captain Marvel, Talos apparently goes undercover as a human working within S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva: Another member of Starforce, we don't know much more about Minn-Erva other than the fact she's an alien and works with Carol, but in the comics she's a geneticist and spy also known as Doctor Minerva.  

Algenis Perez Soto as Att-Lass: Also an alien member of Starforce, while Soto's involvement in Captain Marvel is confirmed his character isn't. However, it's looking like he'll play Att-Lass known as Captain Atlas in the comics and the strongest and most decorated of the Kree warriors.

Rune Temte as Bron-Char: The same goes for Temte who we know plays another alien member of Carol's Starforce team, but whose character is unconfirmed. Reports suggest he's playing Bron-Char though, who was an agent for the Lunatic Legion in the comics.  

Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau: One of Carol's oldest friends, Maria Rambeau is also an Air Force pilot and a single mother to a young daughter. Interestingly, her call sign is "Photon", which is the name of another Marvel superhero from the comics, also know as Monica Rambeau... yes, that's right. Her daughter. 

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Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser: Guardians of the Galaxy baddie Ronan the Accuser is back for the '90s-set Captain Marvel, but in a very different capacity as, at this time, he's still a high-ranking member of Kree society. 

Djimon Honsou as Korath: Another familiar face sees Guardians' Korath join Captain Marvel as another member of Carol's Starforce team. Will we see him start out as a hero before being led astray by Ronan?

Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury: A lowly desk jockey at this time, Nick Fury will make his ninth appearance in the MCU in Captain Marvel, but not as the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Fury is still a young up-and-coming agent with two eyes and significant CGI is used to de-age Jackson for the role. Using the same de-aging effects used on Robert Downey Jr. in Captain America: Civil War, Feige reveals to Slashfilm that 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.” 

Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson: Also subject to some intense de-aging, Gregg returns as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson in his first MCU movie appereance since ‘dying’ in The Avengers. “There was something really special about going back to the early days when he was just kind of coming up the ranks,” he tells EW. “I had to take innocence workshops and go back to when he was a little less crusty and jaded!”

He adds: “He’s a relatively new S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who is obsessed with MC Hammer and dresses just like him, and it makes Director Fury so angry. The genie pants don’t really go with the Armani.” Apparently, Captain Marvel will be the first time Fury and Coulson meet with Gregg describing it as a “meet-cute moment".

Mckenna Grace as a young Carol Danvers: While Grace is confirmed as part of the Captain Marvel cast, her role is not. However, reports suggest that she's playing a young Carol in some flashback scenes in the movie. 

Annette Bening as Carol Danvers' mother: Joining her will most likely be Bening as Carol's mother (although this is unconfirmed), who is reportedly a scientist. 

Kenneth Mitchell as Carol Danvers' father: Same as above. This casting is unconfirmed but it's looking like Mitchell will play Carol's father. 

Captain Marvel's costume keeps faith in red and blue:

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We finally have our first look at Captain Marvel's costume thanks to the above EW cover and it's pretty amazing. Designed by MCU concept artist Andy Park, it 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 Captain Marvel in costume on set back in January actually showed her in a green suit! 

These sneaky Captain Marvel set photos caused a lot of confusion at the time, but since the most recent official images have been released, it's become clear that the green version of her suit is Carol's Starforce suit and she only adopts the red and blue version after she becomes Captain Marvel. At what point in the film this happens, who knows? But hopefully it'll be early on so the movie can make the most of the fantastic Captain Marvel costume!

The Captain Marvel plot will involve the Kree-Skrull war

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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 MCU prequel, 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.

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When asked why the Captain Marvel movie is set in the '90s by the Toronto Sun, Feige said: "The answer is, you’ll see in the storytelling of the movie [laughs]. But it allows us to play in an area that we have never played in before and tapping into a ’90s action genre was fun for us and being able to see an earlier part of the MCU before Nick Fury knew anything about aliens or anything about super-powered people and also tapping into the Kree-Skrull war, which in the comics was a huge part of the comic mythology, seemed like a fun thing to try and a fun way to give Carol Danvers her own standalone origin story."

In fact, one eagle-eyed fan seems to have pinpointed this exact year Captain Marvel is set in thanks to the below shot from the recent trailer:

There’s also the small matter of that intergalactic war mentioned in the synopsis. Comic book lovers will instantly point to the Kree-Skrull war, and indeed Feige's comments above confirm this, so it looks like we'll be getting a space-faring showdown with Captain Marvel playing peacemaker. The other thing worth noting is that it won't be your traditional origin story as Carol already has her powers and is a member of Starforce when the movie begins. Indeed, one of the opening scenes has been revealed via EW in the below tweet, which reveals that Captain Marvel and her Starforce team are searching for a missing spy on the planet Torfa...

However, it does appear that we will witness her transformation from powerful Starforce member to full-blown superhero Captain Marvel, as revealed by the change in costume mentioned above. What causes Carol to leave Starforce and become Captain Marvel? Well, based on the comic book background of the rest of her Starforce team, I'd say it has something to do with a severe difference of opinion. 

While Captain Marvel isn't a origin movie, that doesn't it won't deal much with Carol Danvers' personal story. “You have this Kree part of her that’s unemotional, that is an amazing fighter and competitive,” Larson tells EW. “Then there’s this human part of her that is flawed but is also the thing that she ends up leading by. It’s the thing that gets her in trouble, but it’s also the thing that makes her great. And those two sides warring against each other is what makes her her.”

The Captain Marvel directors are 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 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 concept art gives first look at Skrulls

SDCC 2017 was a breakthrough show for the Captain Marvel movie, as 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 well as appearing in Captain Marvel, the Skrulls are rumoured to form a major part of the story in Avengers 4, tying the films together and fleshing 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.