Why ‘Captain Marvel 2’ Should Stay in the 1990s

When Marvel Studios revealed Captain Marvel would be set in the 1990s, fans wondered exactly how this setting would factor into Avengers: Endgame. In the end, Brie Larson’s ageless appearance and absence of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was essentially brushed off. Perhaps Carol Danvers just hasn’t aged much in the past few decades because she is part Kree.

However, now that the MCU has brought Captain Marvel into the modern world, the franchise has a decision to make. Thanks to its $1.1 billion worldwide box office, Captain Marvel is absolutely getting a sequel at some point. The question is when it will be set. Here’s why we’re hoping Captain Marvel 2 stays firmly in the 1990s.

Brie Larson at the world premiere of 'Captain Marvel'
Brie Larson at the world premiere of ‘Captain Marvel’ | ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

Lots of ‘Captain Marvel’ plot threads to pick up

Without a doubt, Captain Marvel‘s biggest goal was to introduce audiences to Carol Danvers and her unique power set. But in doing so, the film sets up a lot of potential stories that a sequel still needs to explore. And, no, we’re not talking about what the future holds for Goose the “cat.”

Captain Marvel hinges on the true nature of the Kree/Skrull war and the latter species’ efforts to survive. Carol decides to continue fighting — this time on the other side — and Kree officer Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) vows to return for her. Since Ronan dies in Guardians of the Galaxy, we need a direct sequel to pick up shortly thereafter and reveal this confrontation and why Ronan became radicalized.

Another key element in Captain Marvel is the friendship between Carol and fellow U.S. Air Force pilot Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch). If the sequel jumps ahead decades in time, fans will likely miss out on seeing this relationship evolve. Since Lynch and Larson are real-life friends, we’re betting the actresses want to see that dynamic continue as well.

Brie Larson’s hero deserves her own stories

Another big reason why Captain Marvel 2 should stay in the 1990s — aside from that sweet, sweet nostalgia — is to avoid that all-too-common question: “Where are the Avengers?” Much like DC Films is keeping Wonder Woman siloed in her own timeline pre-Justice League, Captain Marvel deserves her own corner of the MCU.

As a cross-section of cosmic and earthbound heroics, Carol Danvers is already in a class by herself. By operating in a time before “Fury’s Big Week,” she’s able to exist in a world without superheroes. As long as the world at large doesn’t learn of her existence, she can interact with characters both on Earth and in the furthest reaches of deep space.

By this rationale then, Captain Marvel 2 could see any and all surviving characters from the first film return. Want to see Carol consult with Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury on a case? Sure, why not? Hoping for a little more Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) since Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be over by then? Then Captain Marvel 2 could have you covered there as well.

A sequel could fill plot holes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Speaking of the greater MCU, the Captain Marvel films could be the perfect opportunity to continue to fill in any lingering plot holes. After all, the first film serves as much as a Nick Fury origin story as it does Carol Danvers. With the de-aging technology Marvel has at its disposal, virtually any character could pop up in the sequel.

True, fans didn’t all love how Captain Marvel addressed the mystery behind Fury’s eyepatch. But this alone doesn’t mean its sequel should avoid tapping into other elements of the MCU. S.H.I.E.L.D. is very much in play in the 1990s, of course, as are a number of other characters we’ve already met. Plus, thanks to Spider-Man: Far from Home, we know Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) still has a role to play.

Fury himself pointed out in The Avengers how Thor’s arrival on Earth changed things forever. To that end, Captain Marvel 2 could reflect what a pre-Avengers world really looked like. We’re not necessarily hoping to see cosmic baddies like Thanos make an appearance, but Marvel should leverage all the freedom it has with Captain Marvel sequels to make the MCU even grander.