More from Comic Con 2017. Apart from knowing that Brie Larson (Room, Kong: Skull Island) will be playing Captain Marvel herself, not much has been revealed about the movie. Captain Marvel will be the first standalone Marvel movie to be focused on a female protagonist, so there has been tons of hype surrounding the movie (particularly after the huge box office draw and critical acclaim that DC’s Wonder Woman received). Comic Con announced not only the villain Captain Marvel will be matched up against, but also the time period of the film. Check it out below.
For starters, Captain Marvel will be directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Mississippi Grind) from a screenplay by Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman. In addition to Brie Larson in the lead, the film will also feature Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury who will be seen for the first time with the use of both of his eyes because the movie will take place in the 1990s. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige also dropped the bombshell that the Skrulls will be the main villains of the picture.
A few things to digest. First off, and relatively minor as far as a discussion point, is I wonder if this means we’ll be seeing in this movie how Nick Fury lost his eye. Secondly, the timing seems odd. If Carol Danvers receives her powers prior to the first Iron Man movie and before Avengers, where was she during the invasion of New York, the Ultron attack and the various other events of the Marvel cinematic universe? Why was there no mention of her among potential super powered candidates for the original Avengers team? Was she believed to be dead following the completion of the events in the Captain Marvel movie? Does she end up in space at the end of the movie? Does this mean they can include her in Infinity War without having to provide an origin story?
Lastly, the Skrulls are a very interesting choice for a number of reasons. I wasn’t even aware that Disney/Marvel owned the rights to use the Skrulls in a movie. It was always my assumption that Fox currently had the movie rights to the Skrulls since they own the rights to Fantastic Four. That was the belief during the first Avengers movie why they went with the Chitauri instead of using the Skrulls at that time. So did they always have the rights or did they work out some type of shared arrangement with Fox (probably worked into whatever deal provided Fox the rights to develop X-Men based TV shows)? It would make more sense for the Kree to be introduced in a Captain Marvel movie since in the comics Danvers gets transformed into the superhero Ms. Marvel following an explosion involving Kree technology, unless the Kree will be substituted with the Skrulls in the Marvel universe. It might be less confusing to use the Skrulls, who could later be used in a Secret Invasion movie, instead of having a casual movie goer try to make sense of 3 different alien races in film continuity.
Check out the first concept art for Captain Marvel’s look in the movie courtesy of Umberto and @adamhlavac‘s Twitter accounts:
What do you think? Do you like that Captain Marvel will take place in th 1990s prior to the events of the first Iron Man movie? Is the inclusion of the Skrulls a good idea? Share your thoughts in the discussion board below. Captain Marvel arrives in theaters March 8, 2019.