When the Captain Marvel movie was first announced the most popular reaction from fans was, 'Why aren't we getting a Black Widow movie?!' And while that's still a valid question, Captain Marvel quickly became one of the most anticipated new Marvel movies on Marvel Studios' slate thanks to some star-tastic casting and THAT Avengers: Infinity War post-credits scene.
The MCU's first female-led superhero movie, it will bring Carol Danvers to the big screen next year (specifically on March 8) and is not only a Captain Marvel origin movie, but also, sort of, Marvel's first prequel movie. Yes, that's right, it's set in the '90s waaaaaay before Iron Man was kidnapped by terrorists and forced to build a suit to escape. I say sort of prequel though because obviously, it's set after Captain America: The First Avenger... jezz, the MCU timeline is com-pli-cated!
Timelines aside, there's still plenty we do know about the upcoming Captain Marvel movie, and with Avengers: Infinity War cementing the importance of the character within the MCU, and a trailer rumoured to be dropping any day now, there's no better time to catch up on all the Captain Marvel movie news. From Captain Marvel’s powers, to Brie Larson’s role and more, here’s everything we know about Captain Marvel so far.
- 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 movie release date is locked in for 2019
While you're probably all on tenterhooks post-Infinity War, we've still got a fair old wait until Captain Marvel soars onto 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 heading to theaters July 6, 2018 in the US and August 3, 2018 in the UK. This is following the traditional pattern Marvel has set down of three MCU movies a year, with Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 closing things out on July 5, 2019. Phew.
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.
The Captain Marvel plot is (literally) up in the air
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 spacefaring showdown with Captain Marvel playing peacemaker.
That doesn't mean that Captain Marvel won't be an origin movie though - one of the only official pictures released so far (see above) features Brie Larson practicing her pilot skills implying she'll start off as a humble airforce employee - it just means that it's going to have to hit fast-forward on the whole ‘coming to terms with her powers’ thing.
Captain Marvel and THAT Avengers: Infinity War post-credits scene
We can't talk about the Captain Marvel movie and NOT talk about that Infinity War post-credits scene! If you haven't seen Infinity War yet them turn away now, but if you have then you know that after Thanos’ victory - when half the population of Earth (and the universe) are turning to dust - Nick Fury pages Captain Marvel before disappearing in a cloud of ash himself. How did they meet and why is Ms. Danvers on Fury's intergalactic speed-dial? Captain Marvel will fill surely in the gaps before we return to the Infinity War storyline with Avengers 4.
And if a Kree-Skrull war does take place, that’s only leading us down one road: Secret Invasion. Instead of having you trawl through Wikipedia and dozens of comics, here’s the TL;DR version: the Skrulls (a big bad alien race) were found to have infiltrated Earth through their shape-shifting abilities and taken on the identities of various superheroes. Sure, it might not come into play just yet, but it’s definitely worth thinking about, especially when taking into account who did (and didn’t) survive in Infinity War. Bringing someone back from the dead is a whole lot easier if they were a Skrull in the first place.
Captain Marvel casts Brie Larson and even more new faces
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 bag!
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.
He's not the only one coming back from the dead though as Guardians of the Galaxy villains Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and Korath (Djimon Honsou) are on course to make a comeback 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.
More recently, Humans actress Gemma Chan, who is set to play Minn-Erva, shared a picture from the set on her official Twitter account, confirming her involvement.
Captain Marvel’s powers appear to be true to the comics
As her name suggests, there are few characters in the Marvel universe who can hang with Carol Danvers once she takes on superhero form – and studios president Kevin 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.
Captain Marvel’s costume keeps faith in red and blue... or does it?
I don't mean to ignore all of u requesting the higher res of #CaptainMarvel I painted. Sorry but I can't ☹️When I get green light I def will pic.twitter.com/eAS3ccSEGmAugust 12, 2017
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. Concept art showcased by Marvel head Kevin Feige at SDCC 2017 – again, more on this below – match 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 trailer should be dropping any day now
When it comes to guessing when the Captain Marvel trailer will be dropping, San Diego Comic Con 2018 was a safe bet... and then Marvel Studios revealed they 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. That said, a first look teaser shouldn't be too far away given how Marvel usually promotes its movies, and ComicBook.com even suggested it was coming, err... today, following a rumour which took hold on Twitter. It would be great to get a look at the superhero soon given her obvious involvement in the Infinity War/Avengers 4 storyline, but with a while to go before Captain Marvel's release, don't expect a FULL trailer for a while.
The Captain Marvel directors are a highly regarded double act
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
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
Official concept art of the villainous Skrulls for the CAPTAIN MARVEL movie!(via @JimPhan91) pic.twitter.com/l6rdjOH6NsJuly 23, 2017
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:
Some specific Skrulls are at Fox. But the Skrulls as a whole are co-owned. https://t.co/2hJYkskLZ3July 6, 2016
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.
First concept art of Brie Larson as #CaptainMarvel who will face the Skrulls in a 90s set film. pic.twitter.com/yB8izslz0AJuly 23, 2017