Captain Marvel will bring back some familiar faces to the MCU. Here's everything you need to know!

News Joseph Baxter Mike Cecchini

May 20, 2018

Captain Marvel finally arrives in March 2019 and it will herald a new era for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, because it will finally see a woman headline a Marvel solo movie. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Mississippi Grind) will direct the Captain Marvel movie from a script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who replaces the exiting team of Nicole Perlman (who famously helped develop Guardians of the Galaxy for the screen) and Meg LeFauve (The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, Inside Out). 

So where does this movie fit in the Marvel timeline? Easy, it’s a prequel set in the 1990s, which makes it basically immune to the tricky ending of Avengers: Infinity War (even though she was teased by that post-credits scene).

The latest news (via Variety) is that Annette Bening has joined the cast as Carol Danvers’ mother. 

Captain Marvel Powers

So who is Carol Danvers and what are her powers?

Well, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige recently told us to get ready, because the MCU version of Captain Marvel is “a hero who is more powerful than any hero we’ve ever introduced.”

And he’s right. Captain Marvel has Thor-level strength and relative invulnerability, energy projection, and the ability to fly. Look at it this way, Carol Danvers is an Air Force officer with air combat experience. She’s already a badass in the skies. Now someone who has the training to fly combat missions in advanced fighter jets will be able to kick ass in the air…and she won’t need a plane to do it.

Very few flying characters have that particular kind of skill set, so she should be a welcome addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Captain Marvel Release Date

Captain Marvel opens on March 8, 2019. The full schedule of upcoming Marvel superhero movies can be found here.

Captain Marvel Cast

Marvel announced the full cast, which includes a few notable surprises: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, McKenna Grace, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.

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This will be Clark Gregg’s first appearance in a big screen Marvel movie since The Avengers. This makes sense since Captain Marvel is a period piece that takes place in the 1990s. Including Djimon Hounsou and Lee Pace, who played Kree warriors in Guardians of the Galaxy is a nice touch, too. It looks like we’re going to learn quite a bit about the Kree in this movie.

Jude Law is Dr. Walter Lawson, who will be a mentor to Larson’s Carol Danvers as she comes into her superhero powers. However, if you know your comic lore, you already guessed that the Walter Lawson who identifies as Mar-Vell is also not the original Dr. Lawson. That is an identity assumed by the superpowered and heroic Captain Mar-Vell, another member of the Kree.

Ben Mendelsohn is apparently the film’s villain.

And he might not be the only other Captain Marvel joining the party. Lashana Lynch has an unnamed supporting role, but we suspect she might be Monica Rambeau, another character who has taken the name of Captain Marvel.

Gemma Chan (Humans) is apparently Minn-Erva, a Kree spy who was first introduced as an enemy to Captain Mar-Vell, Carol Danver’s predecessor. Minn-Erva was created by Scott Edelman and Al Milgrom in 1977’s Captain Marvel #50. 

Captain Marvel Story

Here’s the official synopsis from Marvel:

Based on the Marvel comic character first appearing in 1968, the story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.  Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

It was revealed during the Marvel Studios SDCC panel that the Skrulls will be the major villains of the Captain Marvel movie. We also learned that the film be set in the ’90s and that Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) will play a major role in the movie. A fun tidbit: Fury will still have both of his eyes in this movie.

We have more details about how Captain Marvel connects to the other Avengers movies right here.

Captain Marvel Photos

The latest bunch of set photos, via CaptainMarvelNews, may not provide a better glimpse of the final costume of Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers, but they do give us a better understanding about the character’s preferences – and the film’s 1990s setting – with the simple device of wardrobe.

This photo of Brie Larson emerging from her trailer shows that pilot Carol Danvers seems to carry a demeanor that’s both Maverick and Iceman, rocking some beaten black jeans and boots that complement a faded sleeveless t-shirt that brandishes the cover art of Guns N’ Roses’ 1987 magnum opus, “Appetite for Destruction.” While it’s a fashion choice you could still see today, it’s quite the 1990s-era pop culture shout-out.

Here’s another trailer-emerging photo of Larson, this time wearing a red U.S. Air Force t-shirt, tucked in a ‘90s way.

Additionally, other photos from the bunch show the recently-added cast member, Lashana Lynch, whose mystery character is the center of much speculation, the most prominent of which is Captain Marvel successor Monica Rambeau. What could be indicative of something (we don’t know what,) is that she appears to be fashion twinsies with Carol, also getting into the tucked shirt spirit.

We’ll update this with more information as we get it!