Due out on March 8th 2019, Captain Marvel is perhaps one of the most exciting films in Marvel's Phase 3. Starring Brie Larson as the classic Marvel Comics superhero, Captain Marvel will be the first movie in the MCU to star a female superhero in the lead role. Over in the comics, Carol Danvers has become an A-list superhero, so it makes sense to see her debut in the MCU!
Here's what we know so far...
Who Is Captain Marvel?
In the comics, Carol Danvers was a member of the US Air Force. She was introduced in 1968; nearly a decade later, she was transformed by alien energies into the cosmic-powered Ms. Marvel!
Ms. Marvel is an important figure in Marvel Comics; she often acted as a supporting character in Chris Claremont's X-Men books, and her antagonistic relationship with the X-Man Rogue — who once stole her powers and memories — is the stuff of legend. In the 1990s, Ms. Marvel was a backup character over in Invincible Iron Man; her struggle with alcoholism acted as a dark mirror for Tony Stark's own inner demons, and led to some deeply emotive plots.
The 2000s saw Marvel attempt to increase Ms. Marvel's relevance, and she became field-leader of the Avengers after "Civil War". In July 2012, Kelly Sue DeConnick reinvented the character as Captain Marvel, with Carol embracing the legacy of Marvel's original Kree superhero. DeConnick's tremendous reinvention launched Captain Marvel to new heights of fan popularity.
How Will the MCU Reinvent Captain Marvel?
We know that Carol's story in the Captain Marvel movie will be very different to her comic book journey. She's unlikely to ever adopt the 'Ms. Marvel' identity, and there are no signs that her original logo will be a major part of her story. Instead, she'll be jumping straight to the identity of 'Captain Marvel'.
What's more, Kevin Feige has also suggested that the MCU's version of Captain Marvel could get a significant increase in her power-levels.
"What is one of the coolest things about it is she will be by far the most powerful character we’ve ever introduced in the movie."
Who Will Direct Captain Marvel?
Right now, Marvel is working to fine-tune their design for the character and her powerset. Once that's done, the studio intends to approach possible directors, and it seems Marvel may well be gunning for a female director. Kevin Feige explained:
“I do think it will be not a requirement to make a great version of Captain Marvel, but it’s something we think is important. With all of our movies, we want them to be different, we want them to find the new voices. I think the fun thing is we’re meeting so many great directors that we’ll bring one of them onto Captain Marvel, but we have future things to come [for the others].”
What Will the Plot Be?
Kevin Feige has been clear that this is going to be an origin story, but it seems that the superhero's origin is going to be adapted a little. Screenwriter Nicole Perlman is concerned that the comic book origin is too similar to that of DC superhero Green Lantern:
"I don't think I've ever had a project where I've been more mindful about the impact that it could have and the importance of it. She's such an incredibly kick-ass character and Kelly Sue DeConnick did a great run with her story arc recently. But here's the thing, if you were just going to do a straight adaptation of the comics, her origin story is very similar to Green Lantern. And obviously, that's not what we want to do."
Fan reaction to this statement has been mixed, with some fans arguing that the origin doesn't really need adapting. Helping explain her perspective, Perlman added that she needs to be careful to fit Captain Marvel into the overarching continuity of the MCU.
Will Carol Danvers Appear Before Captain Marvel?
Carol Danvers appeared in the comics well before she first gained superpowers; as a result, fans are hopeful that she'll make her MCU debut before her superhero origin story. There have been some intriguing hints that Carol will make an appearance in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War.
Wasn't the Film Due Out In 2018?
Captain Marvel was originally announced for July 6th 2018, but has since been moved back twice; it's currently due to release on March 8th 2019, nearly a year after it was first scheduled. This was largely a result of Marvel's Spider-Man deal with Sony, which meant the Phase 3 slate had to be radically adjusted.
The structure of Phase 3 now seems to have settled down, so thankfully it's doubtful that we'll see this date change again.
While fans are excited to see Marvel's first female-led superhero movie, the reality is that there are a lot more reasons to be excited for this movie. Captain Marvel is a tremendously powerful and popular character, who is destined to add a great deal of depth and energy to the MCU. This is easily one of the most exciting Marvel films in the works, and here at Movie Pilot we'll keep you up-to-date as more information is revealed!