As successful as the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been, with hits including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, and Spiderman: Homecoming just this year, there is still one thing they have bewilderingly left out: a female-fronted solo film. With DC’s Wonder Woman showing all of Hollywood that these types of films aren’t only bankable, but enetertaining as well, Marvel have found themselves playing catch-up with their own Captain Marvel film officially hitting cinemas on March 8, 2019.
This means that fans have to get through two Avengers films, Thor: Ragnorok, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Black Panther, and Spiderman: Homecoming 2. This means that the heroine, played by Academy Award winner Brie Larson, won’t make her full debut for another 18 months.
The film will be directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who also made indie hits Half Nelson (starring Ryan Gosling), Mississippi Grind (starring Ben Mendelson and Ryan Reynolds), and It’s Kind of a Funny Story.
Marvel’s head honcho Kevin Feige has commented that the film will try and make the character relatable, and find a way around her invulnerabilities in order to give the story some stakes. “She will be by far the most powerful character we’ve ever introduced,” he said in a 2016 interview. “‘How do you find those limitations? How do you find those vulnerabilities?’ is something that is sort of at the crux of the story we’re putting together.”
The film’s cast at this point is quite thin. As well as Larson, it has been confirmed that her Kong: Skull Island co-star Samuel L Jackson will be reprise his role as Nick Fury, ending a long absence from the franchise. It has also been rumoured that, due to the film being set in the 90s, and the fact that Captain Marvel gains her powers through the explosion of a device created by the Kree, that Guardians of the Galaxy’s big bad Ronan the Accuser (played by Lee Pace), will appear in the film.
What has been confirmed is that Captain Marvel will be up against the villainous Skrulls: who’s appearance is doubly significant due to their rumoured appearance in Avengers 4.
“There’s an entire section of our comics that deal with the Kree/Skrull war, and we haven’t tapped into that at all,” Kevin Feige told CinemaBlend. “We thought that would be an amazing, huge part of the mythology to belong to Captain Marvel.”