This past weekend was San Diego Comic-Con, which is essentially the Christmas for Comicbook and Sci-Fi geeks and the news was seemingly coming out left and right especially from the comic book movie camp(s). One of the Marvel Cinematic Universes upcoming movies is its first female-Superhero film, Captain Marvel. Captain Marvel, as a character, has had a rich backstory in Marvel comics and while initially that namesake was taken by a man, it’s the Carol Danvers version that we will see come 2019. Captain Marvel is one of the most powerful characters in Marvel Comics lore and will definitely be the most powerful character in the MCU, with powers a lot like Superman (with one caveat, that she can shoot energy from her hands). The casting for that film was announced in 2016, with Academy Award winner Brie Larson signing up to play the Blonde Bomber. A ton of news came out during Comic-Con as well, which explains the setting and partial plot of the movie.
Around the time that Avengers: Age of Ultron was being produced it was rumored that Captain Marvel (either as a character, or just Carol Danvers (pre-powers)) would show up, but apparently the casting happened too late for Writer/Director Joss Whedon to utilize her (or Spider-Man for that matter). So, after that, it was assumed that Marvel’s story would take place in the current MCU, as in the post-Civil War (or by 2019, post Avengers: Infinity War 1 or 2) world. But, apparently, that’s not going to be the case as it was announced that at least part of the story will take place in the 1990’s. On top of that, it’s been said that the film with co-star Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, who will have TWO eyes in this story! The famous cyclops has sort of explained where he lost his eye, stating in Captain America: The Winter Soldier that the last time he trusted someone he lost his eye. Apparently, we’re going to see that story take place as he will end up as the one-eyed bad ass that we all know and love by the end of the film.
Perhaps the person he trusted was an alien, as the big bad(s) of Captain Marvel were also announced and word is that they’re going to be the Skrulls, an alien race that goes back to the beginning of Marvel Comics and whose rights are co-owned by both the MCU and Fox (with Super Skrull belonging solely to Fox). While the MCU can’t use Super Skrull (as he’s a big enemy for the Fantastic Four) the Skrulls are one of the main races of aliens in cosmic Marvel Comics and considering that Captain Marvel is mainly a cosmic hero, that makes sense. You’d have to think that with Nick Fury’s involvement this is an earth-based origin story, which means that perhaps Fury wasn’t all that surprised when the Chitauri showed up during the first Avengers film (which explains why he was exactly that… Not surprised). Considering how much recent MCU properties have tied back to 2012’s Avengers (including Spider-Man: Homecoming) Captain Marvel could explain why Fury had the idea to create the Avengers (After losing someone as special as Captain Marvel to space) and is stacking up to be quite the adventure either way!