Avengers: Infinity War teases the introduction of a monumentally important character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Captain Marvel. Although no official stills have been released from that movie, plenty of set photos have leaked online.
However, if you’re familiar with the source material and saw any of these set pictures, you may have been confused and maybe even a bit unhappy to see the suit Carol Danvers is wearing. But there’s a story behind it.
1. Leaked photos show Larson as Captain Marvel
Back in January 2018, we got our first glimpse at Captain Marvel. This was not via an official promotional image from Marvel Studios but instead via a photo snapped by Page Six.
Larson is seen on set in a teal suit. In one shot, she is also seen holding up a large map and confronting a bad guy.
Larson is sporting The Rachel, which makes sense seeing as Captain Marvel takes place in the 1990s. However, the suit isn’t something that everyone was happy with.
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2. The suit does not look like it does in the comics
It was surprising to see Captain Marvel wearing this green suit, as that’s not the suit everyone was expecting her to wear based on the source material.
In the comics, Carol Danvers has had a variety of different suits over the years, but the one everyone thought they’d see her wear in Captain Marvel is red, blue, and gold. So seeing Larson on set in this teal suit has been a bit of a shock.
Another surprise was that the suit is a bit baggy. But this may not be what it actually looks like in the movie. Marvel costumes tend to look a lot worse on set than they do in the actual film.
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3. Some fans have even adjusted the colors themselves
Some of these fans who have been unhappy with the suit’s colors have taken matters into their own hands and changed them using Photoshop. One popular post on Reddit was an edit of the photo so that Larson’s suit is red, blue and gold like in the comics.
That edit received an overwhelmingly positive response, with fans noting that this is the version they were hoping for. However, fans may have been a bit quick to judge.
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4. This is likely just a Kree military uniform
Fans who were upset about this new suit can rest easy, as this is definitely not the final Captain Marvel suit. After all, the one she’s wearing looks a lot like a Kree military uniform.
In the comics, the Kree wear green suits, and we know that these aliens are going to factor heavily into Captain Marvel’s origin story. Granted, we’ve seen Kree in the MCU before and they’ve never dressed like this. But in some Marvel comics, only those with the rank of captain wear the green suits, so maybe the movies will retain that idea.
In the comics, Carol Danvers’ origin story involves her getting caught up in a Kree device explosion that turns her into a human-Kree hybrid. She, therefore, gains superhuman abilities.
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5. The original Captain Marvel starts off with a green suit before upgrading to the red one
In the comics, the original Captain Marvel was not Carol Danvers but was instead Captain Mar-Vell, a Kree alien who Carol meets at a military base. He’s sent to Earth to observe humanity, and it’s later that he becomes a hero. When he first comes to Earth, he’s wearing a green Kree suit. Later on, he upgrades to the red one that we know and love.
The character of Captain Mar-Vell is going to be in this upcoming movie; he’s being played by Jude Law. So one common theory is that Mar-Vell will give Carol Danvers his suit upon dying and passing the Captain Marvel name onto her. Then, she’ll upgrade the colors.
Another theory is that Carol will just get a standard Kree suit at some point after gaining her powers and allying herself with the Kree. Either way, Carol can wear this suit for a bit before upgrading to a traditional red one.
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6. Marvel superheroes often wear more primitive suits before getting their real one
It’s common in the Marvel movies for superheroes to wear a more primitive version of their iconic suit in their first film before they get the real one.
After all, as pointed out in a post on Reddit, the first Iron Man suit Tony Stark ever wore was a really basic one that he made out of some scraps in a cave; it was only later that he upgraded to one we all know. The first Captain America suit that Steve Rogers ever wore was a super lame version for the USO. And although it’s not the first one he wears, in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter Parker wears a version of the Spider-Man suit that’s basically just a hoodie and blue pants.
If photos of any of these suits leaked online without context, fans would have freaked out thinking that the movies were changing the iconic costumes. But in reality, Marvel did a pretty great job at recreating the costumes that fans know and love.
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7. The traditional colors appear in the end credits of Infinity War
Even when these photos first came out, there was reason to believe this wasn’t the final suit. After all, at San Diego Comic-Con in 2017, Marvel released an image of Larson’s Captain Marvel fighting off a bunch of Skrulls while wearing the red suit. This suit is pretty much exactly what comic book fans would want.
But when the set photos first start coming out, some fans thought maybe Marvel changed its mind about the suit. However, Infinity War confirmed that this isn’t the case, as in the end credits, the logo that appears on Nick Fury’s device is red, blue, and gold, suggesting that this is what her suit looks like in the present timeline.
So fans can feel at ease for now, as it’s likely that Captain Marvel’s teal outfit will only be temporary and that she’ll end up looking just like she does in the comics either by the end of her movie or in Avengers 4.
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8. She seems to wear the green suit for most of the movie
It does seem, though, that Larson might be in the green suit for much of Captain Marvel.
After all, filming has been underway for months now, and in every set photo we’ve seen, she’s wearing the green suit. This supports the idea that she probably wears the original suit for the entire film, only upgrading to it at the very end.
It seems likely that Carol will give Nick Fury the device seen in Avengers: Infinity War at the end of Captain Marvel, and if that’s the case, this would suggest that she’ll have the red suit by the end of the film.
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