The next time we return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’ll be to explore the origin story of Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel. Portrayed by newcomer Brie Larson, Captain Marvel has had very little presence in the MCU outside of the post-credits scene in Avengers: Infinity War. However, she’s expected to be a huge part of the MCU going forward.
Marvel has so far only released a few trailers for Captain Marvel so far to establish the character and the main players in the movie. That being said, there is a lot of information out there that will prepare us for the cosmic adventure to come.
To get ready for the newest MCU movie, here’s everything you need to know about Captain Marvel.
The latest Captain Marvel news
February 11 – Captain Marvel gets a nostalgia-fueled, 90’s-inspired web site
There’s just something about seeing a 90’s website in action that lets us know how far we’ve come over the past two decades. Seeing as Captain Marvel is set in the 90’s, it just made too much sense not to create a 90’s site for it and Marvel did not disappoint.
Much like the iconic site for Space Jam that is still up, Captain Marvel’s site has plenty of boxy designs, rainbow text and endless looping gifs that transport us back to simpler times. It works just like regular sites but you’ll get a real kick out of site, especially with the Skrull dressed as an elderly lady popping in and out as you scroll (pun intended) down the site. It’s quite endearing.
February 8 – New TV spot shows off the Skrulls
Captain Marvel has her hands full with Skrulls in the latest TV spot for the upcoming Marvel movie. The TV spot gives us new footage of Captain Marvel and Nick Fury interacting which nicely sets up who and what Skrulls are.
This also gives us some extra footage of Captain Marvel battling infiltrating Skrulls on Earth.
“Oh boy, you guys don’t have any clue,” relates Captain Marvel as she explains to Fury the danger that Earth is in with Skrulls. There’s also a really amusing scene in which a Skrull, in a combination of a scream and growl, tries to intimidate Captain Marvel for which she returns the favor and screams at the green monster.
All the big details
Who is Captain Marvel?
We’ve seen Brie Larson don the different suits and wield powerful abilities as Captain Marvel, but who exactly is this new cosmic character? She is Carol Danvers, an ex-U.S. Air Force fighter pilot who becomes a member of the elite Kree military unit known as Starforce.
She experiences an aerial accident and is rescued by the Kree, where she given her newfound powerful abilities. She is then recruited by Starforce, where she is trained by Yon-Rogg, played by actor Jude Law. Interestingly, the accident erases her human memories though they come back to her from time to time and will play a big role when she returns back to Earth.
Set to the backdrop of the Kree-Skrull War, Captain Marvel makes her way to Earth to hunt down the infiltrating Skrull, which is where she will come across a much younger Nick Fury as a low-level S.H.I.E.L.D. company man who is quite interested in her abilities.
The Kree-Skrull War could help explain where she has been all this time. Since she’s been busy stopping an intergalactic battle from affecting other galaxies, she may have missed some of the events taking place on Earth.
It takes place in the ’90s
Captain Marvel is turning back the time and will be the first MCU movie that takes place in the 1990s. The trailers made that pretty clear with the Blockbuster Video and Nick Fury’s full head of hair. With the open slate, the movie has a lot of room to do whatever it wants as it is not directly tied down by closely related MCU movies.
It is set in a world before the Avengers. In fact, the only hero the world has seen at this point is Captain America. Captain America: The First Avenger introduced us to the origin story of the MCU and Captain Marvel is going to set the stage for the Avengers.
As such, it’s pretty clear Captain Marvel will be an unofficial prequel to the Avengers movies. It will be before S.H.I.E.L.D. is the entity behind the Avengers and that will be directly due to Nick Fury coming across Captain Marvel, the first superhero he meets.
“Truth be told, I was ready to hang it up until I met you today,” says Fury in one of Captain Marvel’s trailers. We’re not too familiar with the origin story of Nick Fury, but what the movie is making clear is that he will create the Avengers Initiative when he meets Captain Marvel and is convinced there are other special beings out there in the world. Some are good while others are not.
Who are the Skrull?
Speaking of bad guys, the Skrulls are going to be primary antagonist in the movie. They are an extraterrestrial race who were first introduced in 1962 in the Fantastic Four #2 issue. Donning auspicious green skin with sharp ears, they look nothing like humans, but they do have the ability to shapeshift. That gives them the ability to easily infiltrate planets, which is what they’re doing in Captain Marvel.
Their origin dates back to the planet Skrullos where cosmic engineers known as the Celestial experiment on them resulting in the race splitting into three factions: Normals, Deviants and Eternals. As their names suggests, the Normals are quite normal, the Eternals gain eternal life and the Deviants gain the shapeshifting ability.
The Normals take up control for a long time until the Deviants overtake them and wipe out the other two factions. Eventually their nefarious plans take them to Earth where they take on Captain Marvel.
The main leader of the Skrull will be Talos, who will be the primary antagonist battling Captain Marvel throughout the movie. He has not only infiltrated Earth, he has also taken up a spot at S.H.I.E.L.D. working as Nick Fury’s boss.
It will lead to Avengers: Endgame
One of the most interesting aspects of Captain Marvel is that it’ll lead right into Avengers: Endgame. That’s because at some point in the movie, Captain Marvel will hand Nick Fury a pager and let him know he can ping her anytime Earth is in trouble.
That trouble hotline comes in handy when a big purple alien arrives in Wakanda and snaps his finger, erasing half the known universe. Captain Marvel is set to play a big role in Endgame where she’ll undoubtedly trade blows with Thanos.
Release date and runtime
Captain Marvel will fly into theaters on March 8. Its run time should come in at two hours and ten minutes, which is on a par for most MCU movies.