There’s a new captain coming to the MCU, and we now have our first look at Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly’s new issue.
As fans will no doubt already know, Larson’s Carol Danvers was the mysterious person Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) paged in the final scene of Avengers: Infinity War, and she will be appearing in the fourth Avengers film – but first, she’s got her own solo story to share.
The release of Captain Marvel marks the first of 21 MCU films to be headlined by a female hero, and who better to kick off the future of the studio than part-Kree, part-human Carol Danvers, who made her debut in the comics back in 1968.
Larson told EW, “She can’t help but be herself. 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.”
Directed by the team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel is breaking the mould in more ways than one, as the film casts aside the more traditional origin story in favour of jumping straight in to Carol having her powers already. Leaving her home planet behind, she joins an elite Kree military team called Starforce, led by Jude Law’s commander Mar-Vell.
Boden, the first female director in the MCU explained, “This is not a superhero who’s perfect or otherworldly or has some godlike connection. 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.”
Alongside the cover, EW has also released 10 exclusive images from the film:
Carol and the rest of Starforce on the Kree planet of Hala – it’s members also include Korath (Djimon Hounsou, who appeared as the character in Guardians of the Galaxy) and Minn-Erva (Humans star Gemma Chan).
Jude Law plays Starforce commander Mar-Vell. The actor said of how Mar-Vell sees Carol, “These extraordinary powers she has, he sees them as something of a blessing and something that she has to learn how to control. That’s a motif throughout the piece, the element of learning to control one’s emotions and to use your powers wisely.”
The film introduces notorious Marvel villains, the Skrulls. Seen in the forefront of this picture is their leader, Talos, played by Rogue One actor Ben Mendelsohn.
But, the Skrulls are also able to shape-shift, and on Earth Talos goes undercover as a human working for S.H.I.E.L.D.
Another Guardians alum is returning to our screens as Lee Pace’s Ronan the Accuser will also feature in the film. While in Guardians of the Galaxy Ronan is seen as an extremist outcast, but in Captain Marvel, he is still a high-ranking member of the Kree.
Taking place in the 1990s, there’s going to be a lot of “era-appropriate” references, including this Nine Inch Nails t-shirt Carol is wearing – as well as a S.H.I.E.L.D. cap.
Samuel L. Jackson returns as Nick Fury – but with TWO EYES. Also, at this point in Fury’s career he simply works behind a desk.
Before she was Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers was already an accomplished Air Force pilot.
Lashana Lynch joins the cast as Maria Rambeau, one of Carol’s oldest friends and a fellow Air Force pilot.
All of these reveals are pretty exciting, and can only mean that a trailer release is closer than we thought.
Captain Marvel is set for release on March 8th, 2019.