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Carol Danvers is the hero Marvel fans have been waiting for.

DC may be beating Marvel out of the gate with its first female-led superhero flick Wonder Woman hitting theaters this June, but Marvel plans to role out its own female title character… eventually. 

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 was the first announced cast member of Captain Marvel, putting her in the occasionally awkward position of being attached to the project years before anyone else. She’s regularly asked about a film that doesn’t actually exist yet.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly in October 2017, she compared the experience to her breakout role as a kidnap survivor in Room. “I can’t help but trip out about how similar my life is to Room,” she said. “It’s me wanting to stay in my own little bubble and remain anonymous and invisible and at the same time needing to step up to this hand that I’ve been given.”

Larson spent months mulling the decision to become Marvel’s first female headliner, but decided to accept the role because “it was a chance to tell a story on the largest scale possible.”

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Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue OneReady Player One) is in talks to play the main villain of Captain Marvel, Variety reported on Oct. 24. Although the role he would take up has yet to be revealed, it’s likely that he’ll be portraying the Skrull leader.

Variety reported on Nov. 22 that Jude Law, who will also appear in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald next year, is in talks to play the male lead in Captain Marvel. The character he’ll be playing is Dr. Walter Lawson—who’s also known as the Kree alien Mar-Vell and is the original Captain Marvel in the comics—and will serve as a mentor to Larson’s Captain Marvel. Samuel L. Jackson has also been confirmed to play Nick Fury.

Gemma Chan (Humans) has been cast as Minn-Erva (also known as Doctor Minerva), a Kree geneticist with the ability to lift 10 tons on Earth, fly (with the manipulation of gravitons), and traveling up to subsonic speed. In the comics, Minn-Erva is linked to Captain Mar-Vell and at one point attempted to get him to procreate with her.

DeWanda Wise was cast in a central role rumored to be Monica Rambeau—a superhero who was originally named Captain Marvel (prior to Carol Danvers) and has also gone by the names Photon, Pulsar, and Spectrum. But she left the film in March, citing scheduling conflicts with her Netflix original seriesShe’s Gotta Have It. Since Captain Marvel is already in production, this is a pretty last-minute exit.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, English actress Lashana Lynch, who starred in the ABC show Still Star-Crossed, is in final negotiations to take over DeWise’s role.

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.)


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.

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The movie will involve the Kree-Skrull war and take place in the 1990s. That raises some questions about where Captain Marvel was during the “later” Marvel movies—but producer Kevin Feige has already hinted at the answer.

“The key is… ‘out there,'” he told io9, indicating that Carol Danvers may be in space during the 2010s era of the Avengers. Does that mean she’ll be middle-aged by the time she meets the other Marvel characters for the first time? We’re guessing no. Expect some kind of timewarp shenanigans, explaining why Carol Danvers is still young from the 1990s to the present day.

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Samuel L. Jackson has shared an intriguing detail about his role in Captain Marvel, tying into the film’s 1990s timeframe. In a recent interview, he mentioned that the character will have “another guy’s face.”

“We’re going back now, and I meet Captain Marvel in more of an origin story. You’ll see Nick Fury with another guy’s face, somebody that’s got two eyes, so that’s a whole big deal. You’ll see. It’s prior to the eye injury, no eye patch.”

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 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.

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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.

In preparation for the role, Brie Larson visited an Air Force base where she met up with some pilots. In late January she posted a photo of herself wearing a flight suit, captioned “Learning how to fly.”

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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.” 

Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance.

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