That long wait is almost over, as Marvel Studio’s Captain Marvel, the first of the studio’s film to star a female hero in the main role, is practically just around the corner. Marvel has kept pretty mum about the project outside of a few details, but at last the floodgates are starting to open.
“This is not a superhero who’s perfect or otherworldly or has some godlike connection,” said director Anna Boden, the first female director of an MCU film. “But what makes her special is just how human she is. She’s funny, but doesn’t always tell good jokes. And she can be headstrong and reckless and doesn’t always make the perfect decisions for herself. But at her core, she has so much heart and so much humanity — and all of its messiness.”
As revealed by EW, this film will sidestep the origin story cliche by starting off with Carol Danvers already being powered up and having left Earth to become part of the Kree’s Star Force led by Jude Law’s Mar’Vell. This is where the returning Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) & Korath the Pursuer ( ) from Guardians of the Galaxy will come into play, as they are part of the Kree and this film takes place in the 90s well before they met their ends at the hands of the Guardians.
“She can’t help but be herself,” Larson tells EW. “She can be aggressive, and she can have a temper, and she can be a little invasive and in your face. She’s also quick to jump to things, which makes her amazing in battle because she’s the first one out there and doesn’t always wait for orders. But the [not] waiting for orders is, to some, a character flaw.”
Along for the ride will be the return of Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, after being absent for the last few years, but instead of being the one-eyed former head of SHIELD he’ll be a de-aged 90s version of the character who is just a lowly desk jockey working for a government organization. Also deaged, Clark Gregg will make his return to the movie side of things as Agent Phil Coulson for the first time since he met his short-lived death in 2012’s Avengers.
The connections to old films and the Marvel Universe/Comics don’t stop there as it was revealed that Lashana Lynch will play the role of Maria Rambeau one of Carol’s oldest friends with the call sign ‘Photon.’ Maria is also a single mother, to the young Monica Rambeau, who in the comics is a light powered superhero who took on the Captain Marvel moniker in the 80s before eventually taking on various other names including the most recent Photon.
Also as previously revealed, the deadly shape-shifting alien race known as the Skrulls will make their debut in the film. They are led by Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) who ends up leading the shape-shifters on course for an invasion of Earth, in the years long before Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow or any other Avengers and heroes were around.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleckeri, Captain Marvel opens on March 08, 2019.