What do we know about Marvel’s first female-led superhero film Captain Marvel? As it turns out, not a whole lot.
Hopefully this will change pretty soon, but for now, we’ve got only a small chunk of information to tide us over. Here’s everything we know so far, including the official cast announcement (page 9).
1. It’s set to arrive in 2019
Captain Marvel was previously scheduled for a summer 2018 release date when Marvel released their phase three timeline, but it has now been pushed back a year to March 8, 2019. This would place the film in-between the two-part Avengers: Infinity War, and less than two months before the untitled fourth Avengers movie.
While there were rumors that the character would appear in Infinity War, that was obviously not the case (at least, not in the traditional sense). However, there’s still the potential for her to appear in Avengers 4. As Cinema Blend notes, Captain Marvel will now be the first Marvel film of 2019 and will hopefully set the tone for the year to come.
2. It’s written by three talented female screenwriters
You probably don’t know Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman by name, but you definitely know their films. LeFauve’s writing credits include Pixar’s Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, while Perlman co-wrote Guardians of the Galaxy and acted as a script doctor for Thor. Both screenwriters have a spate of films in the works and are among some of the hottest female writers in Hollywood.
Additionally, Geneva Robertson-Dworet has been brought in to work on the script. Her resume includes upcoming action flicks like Tomb Raider and Gotham City Sirens, making her an apt choice. Other noted writers include Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, best known for Netflix’s hit series Glow. For Marvel’s first female-led film, it’s a breath of fresh air that the film will benefit from a creative team composed mostly of women.
3. It’s an origin story
Fans of the Captain Marvel comic books know that the character received her special abilities from powerful aliens — an origin story that bears some similarities to the origin story of DC Comics character Green Lantern. Apparently a little too similar for co-screenwriter Nicole Perlman, who recently appeared on the Any Time podcast. Perlman hinted that Captain Marvel’s origin story will likely be altered for the movie, saying, “There’s a lot of reinvention that needs to happen.”
In comments made to CinemaBlend, Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige confirmed that Captain Marvel would be about the character’s beginnings, saying, “Captain Marvel is certainly an origin. It’s an origin story from the start.”
4. There are actually two directors for the film
Sources cited by The Hollywood Reporter previously claimed that the list of potential directors for Captain Marvel had been whittled down to a shortlist that includes the following three contenders: Niki Caro (Whale Rider), Lesli Linka Glatter (the primary director of Showtime’s Homeland), and Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World).
However, none of these women were chosen. Instead, the team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are set to direct. The pair skew toward darker fare, which might make them seem like an unlikely choice for a Marvel film. Then again, Ryan Coogler, director of Black Panther, has also carved out his career in drama, so perhaps the studio is leaning more in that direction.
5. Brie Larson will star
Rumors that Brie Larson was being eyed for the titular role of Captain Marvel began circulating in June 2016. The actress was officially confirmed for the role in an announcement made at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2016. The actress is best known for her Oscar-winning performance in 2015’s Room.
In August 2016, Larson tweeted a photo of herself doing research for her role as Carol Danvers. Since then, we’ve seen her at Comic-Con, and her social media accounts feature no shortage of Marvel-focused content.
6. Intriguing co-stars
Casting has been kept mostly under wraps, but we know a few of the names we’ll be seeing on the big screen. In addition to Larson, Samuel L. Jackson will be making an appearance as Nick Fury, rounding out the known cast of familiar characters.
Jude Law will be playing Mar-Vell, who helps Captain Marvel in her fight against Ben Mendelsohn’s undisclosed villain. In January 2018, it was announced that DeWanda Wise, star of TV series Shots Fired and She’s Gotta Have It, would have a role — however, she dropped out in March 2018 due to scheduling conflicts. And in Feb. 2018, Humans actress Gemma Chan was cast as Dr. Minerva (Minn-Erva).
7. She’ll be fighting a major big bad
At San Diego Comic-Con, we got a few more plot details: The story will take place in the 1990s, for one thing. Hopefully, this will allow for a lot of intriguing fashion choices.
Additionally, Feige and co. revealed that Captain Marvel will be facing off against the Skrulls. Fans of the comics are familiar with these alien creatures, who were first introduced in the intergalactic Kree-Skrull War plot. Maybe those ’90s clothes will include space gear.
8. Captain Marvel almost had a cameo in Avengers: Age of Ultron
Back in September 2016, Feige and Avengers producer Latcham answered questions at an event about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Slash Film reported some of the more interesting tidbits.
Feige revealed that Captain Marvel was almost in Age of Ultron, but ultimately didn’t make the film. He explained:
It was in the script at one point, it might have been one draft… And we shot a plate and thought we may add her in there. But it ultimately didn’t fit. The truth is it just didn’t seem appropriate to have this new person in a new costume come out of nowhere at the end of this story. It would have been a disservice to, what by the time the movie was coming out, a character people already knew was coming anyway.
9. Production begins
On March 26, 2018, Marvel Studios announced that production had officially begun on Captain Marvel. The press release included some important casting information, as well:
The film stars Academy Award winner Brie Larson (“Room,” “Kong: Skull Island”), Samuel L. Jackson (Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “The Hateful Eight”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Ready Player One”), Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Lee Pace (“The Book of Henry,” Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Lashana Lynch (“Brotherhood,” “Fast Girls”), Gemma Chan (“Humans,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”), Algenis Perez Soto (“Sambá,” “Sugar”), Rune Temte (“Eddie The Eagle,” “The Last Kingdom”), McKenna Grace (“I, Tonya,” “Gifted”), with Clark Gregg (“Live by Night,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”), and Jude Law (“Spy,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”).
Additional reporting by Becca Bleznak.
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