Carol Danvers is the hero Marvel fans have been waiting for.
The Captain Marvel movie has been a long time coming for Marvel fans, who still have awhile to wait for the heroine. Ever since the Marvel Cinematic Universe started with Iron Man back in 2008, female superheroes have been seriously underrepresented. Many fans lobbied Marvel for a Black Widow movie, but nothing has come of those ovations. Instead, Marvel is looking toward its next wave of heroes, which includes Captain Marvel.
The film may still be two years away, but here’s everything we know so far about the Captain Marvel movie, Marvel’s first solo female superhero film.
Captain Marvel cast
Brie Larson is the only confirmed cast member so far. With filming set to commence February 2018, expect more casting announcements to trickle in throughout the year.
Captain Marvel plot
It’s still too early to know what kind of story Captain Marvel will tackle. In the comics, Captain Marvel is Carol Danvers, a top-tier Air Force pilot who develops superpowers. (Fans will remember that Danvers originally appeared in comics as Ms. Marvel before the ever-popular Kamala Khan took over the role.)
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While some Marvel heroes spend most of their time on Earth, Captain Marvel’s adventures have taken her to far-off worlds. She’s exceptionally powerful, with superhuman strength, flying capabilities (including in space), and deadly combat skills. She’s also a talented diplomat.
At San Diego Comic Con, the movie will involve the Kree-Skrull war and takes place in the 1990s.
Captain Marvel news
Carol Danvers gets her superpowers when a device created by the alien Kree malfunctions and explodes. You may remember the Kree from Guardians of the Galaxy. As a result of the accident, Danvers’ human genes become fused with Kree biology, and as a consequence, she gains superpowers. It’s likely the film version of origin story will maintain the Guardians connection given the popularity of the first two movies. It also helps that the Captain Marvel movie is being co-written by Guardians scribe Nicole Perlman (who’s penning the script with Meg LeFauve of Pixar’s Inside Out).
Danvers is a unique superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe because, similar to Tony Stark, she starts off as a relatively normal person before being imbued with superpowers. The biggest difference between Danvers and Stark is that Danvers gains powers, while Stark uses the Iron Man suit for his abilities.
It’s perhaps premature to speculate what kind of role Danvers will have in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beyond the surface-level connection to Guardians of the Galaxy. Larson has been chatting with Marvel quite a bit, saying, “[Marvel’s] been very open to hearing my thoughts and my take on it, which has been great. I think that’s why they cast me: I have a lot of similarities to this character… and they want me to bring that into the movie.”
At 27, Larson is already an Academy Award winner for Best Actress for her role in the 2015 drama Room.
Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, known for directing Ryan Gosling to stardom on Half-Nelson, were recently announced as the directors for the film. They are known for making smaller movies with a more intimate, human touch. That coupled with Larson’s genuine, heartfelt sensibilities will likely bring a unique combination of raw, human intimacy to the Captain Marvel movie.
Captain Marvel announced a change of screenwriters on Aug. 15, reportedly because Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman are busy with other projects. Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who wrote the new Tomb Raider reboot, will take over as the film’s lead writer.
Captain Marvel movie trailer
No trailer has been released so far, but with San Diego Comic-Con coming this summer, it’s possible we could get some early test photos.
Captain Marvel movie release date
Captain Marvel was originally slated for July 6, 2018, until it was pushed back to March 8, 2019. It marks the first time Marvel has released a superhero movie in March, fitting for Marvel’s “biggest female hero.”
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