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2018 is already shaping up to be a great year for Marvel Studios.
Their first outing in the cinema, Black Panther, has become the highest-grossing movie in the MCU and one of the 10 highest grossing films domestically in America. And, later on in the year, the studio will culminate some 10 years of movies in the hotly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War this April.
But, never ones to rest on their laurels, Marvel is already deeply focused on next year’s Captain Marvel movie, starring Brie Larson.
The movie should be one of the studio’s biggest franchises post-Infinity War, but, interestingly, the movie’s narrative places it firmly in the 1990s, some 10+ years ahead of the start of the current MCU.
This means that, effectively, Carol Danvers is the MCU‘s first modern hero according to Marvel Studio‘s President Kevin Feige.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Feige addressed the rationale behind placing a new movie before the events of the MCU, and to a time where Nick Fury didn’t know about the other heroes or any of the crazy stuff we’ve seen unfold since;
“You know, we first met Nick when he told Tony, ‘You’re part of a big universe. You just don’t know yet.’
Well, we want to go back to a time when he didn’t know it yet, and really showcase and announce that Carol Danvers was that first hero that Nick came across. That meant she could be the singular hero, but place it within a timing of the MCU.”
It has already been established that characters such as Captain America and Hank Pym existed before the MCU (with their roles in Captain America: The First Avenger and Ant-Man occurring years prior), but Captain Marvel can be seen as the ‘original’ MCU hero due to her connection with Nick Fury, the connecting force behind Iron-Man, Thor, The Avengers, etc.
And whilst there’s still plenty of information we don’t yet have regarding Captain Marvel, Feige said that, as the movie is based in the ’90s, the studio will also be able to pay homage to some of the action movies of that era.
“It also got us talking about different genres, exploring this notion of sort of the ’90s action film”, Feige added. “We hadn’t necessarily done anything like that before either, so there are definitely homages to our favourite ’90s action films within Captain Marvel.”
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck off of a screenplay by Nicole Perlman, Meg LeFauve and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Captain Marvel is currently scheduled for a cinematic release 8th March, 2019 and stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, Jude Law as Walter Lawson/Mar-Vell, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.