Marvel might have a big Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) twist in the works for Avengers 5. The studio has been very quiet about its plans for its next major crossover, yet sources believe Larson’s character will be fighting for the other side by then. With Marvel heading into Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, here is everything we know about Captain Marvel’s future.
Marvel has big plans for Captain Marvel in ‘Avengers 5’
After its record-setting year at the box office, Marvel announced its full slate of Phase 4 films this past summer. For 2020, the studio has two movies lined up: Black Widow and The Eternals.
Other projects coming down the pipeline include Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, Spider-Man: Homecoming 3, Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Panther 2, Blade, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Captain Marvel is also slated to get a sequel, though an exact premiere date has not been set. Along with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, Carol Danvers is expected to play an important part in the MCU moving forward.
But sources claim that the studio is thinking about making Carol evil by the time Avengers 5 gets underway (which probably won’t be until after 2022).
Is Captain Marvel turning evil?
An inside source told We Got This Covered that Marvel liked a new story arc in the Captain Marvel comics that turned the eponymous hero evil — but with a twist.
In the comics, an alien life form possessed Carol and turned her against her friends. Given how she is one of the most powerful heroes in the MCU, you can imagine how much destruction she caused.
The insider says that this plot will be incorporated at the end of Avengers 5, a project that has already been dubbed the New Avengers.
Captain Marvel 3 will then explore what happened to Carol in a more significant way. If this holds true, then Carol will not be the only evil villain in the next major crossover, opening the door for Marvel to introduce some additional bad guys into the MCU.
Which superheroes will appear in ‘Avengers 5’?
Unfortunately, none of these rumors have been confirmed, so we’ll have to wait and see how it all pans out. But that has not stopped fans from speculating about which characters will form the next Avengers squad.
The MCU lost three major characters in Avengers: Endgame: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Captain America (Chris Evans). With Marvel introducing a slew of new characters in Phase 4, it’s really anyone’s guess who will pop up in Avengers 5.
Considering the direction Marvel has taken in recent years, the only thing that seems certain is that the cast of Avengers 5 will be more inclusive as ever. Industry insider Daniel Richtman commented about this back in February and hinted that some major changes are in the works.
“Love where the MCU is headed diversity wise. We had an all-white 6 Avengers at first, but down the line, we’ll get a black Captain America (Sam), Spider-Man (Miles), and Captain Marvel (Monica). Asian with Shang-Chi and Sersi and Muslim with Ms. Marvel and Blade,” he shared on Twitter.
Richtman did not provide any solid evidence to back up his claims, but it would not be that surprising if some of his predictions about Avengers 5 came true.
Marvel makes new casting call
Although Marvel has been tight-lipped about its future projects, a new casting call sheds some light on what’s to come.
Marvel reportedly released the call for its upcoming Disney+ show, She-Hulk. The studio is looking for an actress to play the lead character in the series, a.k.a. Jennifer Walters.
In the comics, Jennifer is the cousin of Bruce Banner. After she suffers a life-threatening injury, Bruce gives her a blood transfusion to save her life. The decision gives her some of Hulk’s powers, albeit with a little more control.
The original casting call notes that Jennifer will become a “future member of the Avengers,” making her the first confirmed character in Avengers 5 (presuming the leak is real). This backs up what Marvel president Kevin Feige has said in the past, which lends some credence to the rumors.
In a previous interview, Feige revealed that She-Hulk will make the jump from the small screens to the MCU at a later date.
Avengers 5 is reportedly set to be released in 2023, Marvel has not announced or confirmed anything about Captain Marvel 3.