Could ‘Captain Marvel 2’ Jump Between Two Different Time Periods?

Right before the endgame, 2019’s Captain Marvel took the Marvel Cinematic Universe back to the beginning. Or at least the beginning of the “Avenger Initiative” that inspired Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to assemble a team of superheroes. The Brie Larson-led adventure also earned more than $1 billion worldwide. So fans knew Captain Marvel 2 was in the works. But could the sequel also time-hop between two different time periods?

Brie Larson at a 'Captain Marvel' screening
Brie Larson at a ‘Captain Marvel’ screening | Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

‘Captain Marvel’ took the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the 1990s

Part of what made Captain Marvel such a fun ride for MCU fans is its 1990s setting. By catching up with Carol Danvers (Larson) in 1995, Marvel got to explore a period it hadn’t yet covered. Fans got to see younger versions of Nick Fury and Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg). And since-deceased characters like Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and Korath (Djimon Hounsou) made unexpected returns too.

But Captain Marvel also doesn’t function strictly as a standalone. In fact, the movie sets up several plot threads that are still unresolved. Ronan’s brief showdown with Carol leaves the Kree warrior vowing to harness her power. Carol also sends Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) back with a warning for the Kree’s Supreme Intelligence. And she promises to help the Skrulls find a new homeworld. The next time fans see her, she’s called to Earth in 2018.

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‘Captain Marvel 2’ will at least partly take place in the present day

So where’s the problem? So Captain Marvel doesn’t tie off all its loose ends. A sequel can easily pick up the story from that point on. But Marvel has already given fans a pretty clear indication that Captain Marvel 2 might not return to the 1990s at all. In fact, the casting of Teyonah Parris as the adult version of young Monica Rambeau (Akira Akbar) implies a post-Avengers: Endgame setting.

Parris — who worked with Captain Marvel 2 director Nia DaCosta on the upcoming Candyman — debuts as the character on Disney+ series WandaVision. And the actor seems thrilled at the opportunity to play a Marvel superhero and collaborate again with DaCosta, she told CinemaBlend. Likewise, the inclusion of Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel indicates the sequel will line up with the rest of the Phase 4 line-up.

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But why couldn’t the MCU cover both periods in a single adventure?

However, there is room for MCU fans to hope they may still see the Captain Marvel teases pay off. After all, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige admitted to Entertainment Tonight that what happened between the first film and Avengers: Endgame “would be a lot of fun to explore.” And Feige even confirmed he and his team had both present-day and 1990s-set ideas for Captain Marvel 2. So what if Captain Marvel 2 does both?

Perhaps the character’s past comes back to haunt her. That way, the MCU can include flashback sequences to show what happened after the first film. As long as Carol doesn’t prompt Nick to use his cosmic pager, any potential contradictions can be easily avoided. Besides, wouldn’t it be just like Marvel to follow the time travel of Avengers: Endgame with a film that follows the same character at two different times?