It may seem hard to believe, but it’s been ten years since the birth of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and in that ten years, there hasn’t been a single MCU movie with a female protagonist. Nope, not one. And while the TV side of the MCU has certainly been stronger on this front (because of Agent Carter and Jessica Jones), the theatrical side will finally be catching up when Captain Marvel releases in cinemas next year.
Filming on Captain Marvel started all the way back in January, with co-director Ryan Fleck just posting that the principal California part of the shoot is now complete. There will be two more weeks of filming in Los Angeles, and then it’s a wrap. There’s no word on when we can expect to see the first trailer, but the marketing should kick into full swing shortly after the completion of filming.
Fleck, who is co-directing Captain Marvel alongside Anna Boden, released the following statement on Instagram.
Captain Marvel stars Oscar winner Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, a US Air Force pilot given extraordinary abilities after being infused with alien DNA. Larson will also be reprising the role in the fourth Avengers movie next year (we see Nick Fury send a distress beacon to Captain Marvel in Infinity War’s post credits sequence). According to Infinity War screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, Captain Marvel will be the most powerful hero in the MCU, which would place her above even Thor, a literal god, and Star-Lord, a half-celestial.
The supporting cast of Captain Marvel includes Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Jude Law, Lee Pace, Gemma Chan, and Clark Gregg. And yes, before you ask, Samuel L. Jackson will be returning as Nick Fury, and as the film takes place in the 1990s, he won’t be wearing his trademark eyepatch.
Long-time Marvel fans have reason to rejoice, because Captain Marvel will finally introduce the Skrulls, a race of shapeshifting aliens, into the MCU (don’t even mention the Chitauri, who were named after the Ultimate Universe versions of the Skrulls, in my presence). The film will also depict the Kree–Skrull War, something fans have wanted to see on the big screen for years. In other words, we can expect to hear fans bitching over minor details changed by the film when Captain Marvel opens on March 8, 2019.
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