'Captain Marvel': Release date, cast, plot and everything else you need to know about MCU's bada** superhero
The 21st film in the MCU, ‘Captain Marvel,’ is written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, and is the first film of the franchise to focus solely on a female superhero
International Women’s Day is just around the corner, and this year the day comes with a very special gift – one bada** female superhero. Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) will debut their next big superhero Captain Marvel, portrayed by the talented and powerful Brie Larson.
The 21st film in the MCU, ‘Captain Marvel,’ is written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, and is the first film of the franchise to focus solely on a female superhero. The movie, centred on former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Carol Danvers circa 1995, will see her get forced to take on the role of a hero when earth gets caught in the middle of an inter-galactic conflict between two alien worlds.
Samuel L Jackson and Clark Gregg, who will reprise their roles from the previous films, had to be digitally de-aged by about 25 years in post-production to reflect the film's '90s setting. In ‘Captain Marvel,’ Jackson’s Nick Fury – who becomes the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. – is seen as a low-level bureaucrat sans his iconic eye patch. Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, describes him as a desk jockey, who has never met a superhero before Danvers.
In fact, it is his association with Danvers that sets him on the path that results in the creation of the Avengers. Gregg’s characters Phil Coulson, meanwhile, is shown as a rookie agent who works closely with Fury. Interestingly, the movie will depict their first meeting.
Along with Larson's Danvers, Jackson’s Fury and Gregg’s Coulson, we will see Den Mendelsohn take on the role of Talos, the shape-shifting Skrull leader, who wants to invade Earth. He is working undercover within S.H.I.E.L.D. as Fury's boss. He has an associate in the Kree mercenary Korath, portrayed by Sjimon Hounsou.
Lee Pace, plays Ronan the Accuser – a high-ranking Kree official - while Lashana Lynch plays Maria Rambeau – one of Danvers’ oldest friends – and Gemma Chan is Minn-Erva – a Kree sniper. Other notable characters include Annette Bening as Supreme Intelligence, the collective embodiment of the greatest minds of the Kree people, and the ruler of the Kree Empire, and Jude Law as Yon-Rogg, the commander of Starforce and Danvers' mentor, who trains her to use her new powers.
The plot of the movie borrows elements from the ‘Kree–Skrull War’ comic book storyline from 1971 written by Roy Thomas. In it, Danvers, a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, turns into one of the "galaxy's mightiest heroes and joins Starforce, an elite Kree military team, before returning home with questions about her past and identity when Earth is caught in the center of a galactic conflict between two alien worlds."
The movie, thanks to the stride it makes in terms representation, is slated to be a huge success. If the success of 'Wonder Woman' and 'Black Panther' taught us anything, it is that superheroes that represent women and minorities will rake in the numbers at the box office. Beyond that, the movie, in itself, looks pretty epic and we will be lining up at theaters come March 8. How about you?
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