Update: Pinar Toprak has announced that she will be composing the musical score for Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson (above) as the titular character. Toprak thus becomes the first woman to score a major superhero movie. Her recent credits include TV’s Krypton and the extremely popular video game Fortnite. See her announcement below.
(Read our previously-published posts below.)
Update: Annette Bening (above) has joined the cast of Captain Marvel. The film, which is currently in production in and around Los Angeles, will mark the first time that Bening has appeared in a superhero project.
Her specific role has not yet been revealed, though THR states: “Scientist is said to be in her job description.” Brie Larson stars in the titular role under the direction of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.
(Read our previous post, published on March 26, 2018, for more information about the film below.)
Marvel Studios has announced that Captain Marvel, the twenty-first entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), began production today. The film has been in development since 2013 and cameras are now starting to roll with less than a year until its intended release date. Let’s recap everything we know so far about Marvel’s first female-solo superhero film.
Who is Captain Marvel?
Captain Marvel has actually been the alter ego for many characters in Marvel Comics over the years. However, this film will be based on the character Carol Danvers, created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gene Colan. Danvers first appeared as a United States Air Force officer in Marvel Super-Heroes #13, published in March 1968. A decade later she became the first incarnation of Ms. Marvel. She’s a human/Kree hybrid boasting superhuman traits, including flying and energy projection.
What is the plot?
“The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
Who is starring?
Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson. Best known for her widely-awarded performance in Room, Larson also starred in Short Term 12, The Glass Castle and Kong: Skull Island. She was announced as Captain Marvel at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con.
In speaking with Vanity Fair, Larson had this to say about accepting the biggest role of her blossoming career: “Ultimately, I couldn’t deny the fact that this movie is everything I care about, everything that’s progressive and important and meaningful, and a symbol I wished I would’ve had growing up. I really, really feel like it’s worth it if it can bring understanding and confidence to young women—I’ll do it.”
Who else is in the film?
Samuel L. Jackson will be reprising his role as Nick Fury, whom we haven’t seen since Avengers: Age of Ultron. We’ll also get to see Clark Gregg on the big screen as Agent Phil Coulson once again. The familiar characters continue with Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser and Djimon Hounsou as Korath, both of whom appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy. However, it’s not just a reunion. Jude Law joins the MCU as Mar-Vell, who was actually the first Captain Marvel in the comics. Ben Mendelsohn, Gemma Chan, Lashana Lynch and Algenis Perez Soto also star in to-be-determined roles.
Who is directing?
Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the writing/directing team behind such films as Half Nelson and Mississippi Grind. This is certainly not the first time Marvel has plucked indie filmmakers to helm one of their big-budget spectacles, but it strikes me as one of the most intriguing choices to date. Boden and Fleck, who are also listed as writers on the film, have primarily made dramas up to this point. I look forward to what they’ll bring to the MCU formula and the superhero genre as a whole.
When does it come out?
March 8, 2019.