At first, it was just a rumor. But after San Diego Comic-Con 2016, the world knew for sure that Brie Larson would star as Carol Danvers in Marvel’s upcoming Captain Marvel film. We’ve already discussed why the Oscar-winning actress is the perfect choice for the role, and stated that it’s about time that Marvel introduces its first female-led installment into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). However, other than Larson’s casting, little else is known about how the film might develop the character and push the MCU forward.
Of course, there’s a long road ahead to the March 2019 release date of Captain Marvel, but we can’t help but wonder if the film will truly mark Larson’s debut in the MCU. Some early reports indicated that the character will first appear in Avengers: Infinity War in 2018. However, Avengers: Infinity War director Joe Russo told ComicBook.com that “She’s not in Avengers 3 [Avengers: Infinity War].” That being said, there’s no reason why plenty of other famous MCU characters won’t appear in her standalone film. As reported by EW, it was confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 that Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) would be appearing in Captain Marvel.
Here are a few other Marvel characters who could follow Captain Marvel into her own 2019 film.
Since Guardians of the Galaxy marked the first film in the MCU to fully commit to the cosmic side of things, it seems only right that Peter Quill shows up somewhere in Captain Marvel. At this point, Chris Pratt is beloved by fans the world over and has the potential to be the next Tony Stark for the MCU. So bringing that energy into Captain Marvel makes perfect sense from both a storytelling perspective as well as a business one. Of course, we’re not limiting the Guardians of the Galaxy crossover to simply the Star-Lord. After all, we’ll take all the Groot we can get.
At this point, it’s unclear exactly what shape Thor: Ragnarok will leave the kingdom of Asgard in. Regardless, we’re betting that Captain Marvel will be able to turn to Odin’s favorite son for assistance, resources, or information if she needs it. Plus, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo have all made cameos in other character’s MCU films and it’s time for Chris Hemsworth to finally do the same. The cosmic setting for Captain Marvel seems like a good fit.
Affiliated with the Nova Corps, which has already played a key role in Guardians of the Galaxy, this character is among the heroes fans have been most excited to see appear in the MCU. Still, there’s been no confirmation that he’ll appear in any upcoming films just yet. Captain Marvel could be a great place to finally introduce Nova as a supporting character or even in a brief cameo as an ally to Carol Danvers’s mission. But the real question is who should play Nova when he does show up?
4. Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr.’s performance in Iron Man kicked off the MCU way back in 2008, and he’s emerged as the franchise’s poster boy ever since. So we can’t blame Marvel if they try to find a way for him to show up in Captain Marvel. Though Tony Stark usually stays Earthbound, only time will tell what the genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist will be up to by the time the 2019 release of Carol Danvers’s solo film rolls around. For all we know, he may already be acquainted with the Guardians of the Galaxy team by then and have ample experience in space travel.
5. Captain America
Selfishly, we want to see Steve Rogers meet up with Carol Danvers just so we can get a reunion for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World alumni Chris Evans and Brie Larson. However, now that the Cap is no longer wielding the shield and instead working in secret to do good deeds, it would be interesting to see him take his crimefighting and world-saving skills beyond our own planet. After all, since he’s no longer Captain America, there’s little reason to remain Earthbound, right? Plus, like Downey and Hemsworth, it’s unclear how long Evans will stick around in the MCU. So we want to get as many appearances out of him as possible.
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