At last year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige announced the MCU’s insane Phase 4 lineup. It will ensure the franchise remains an ever-present part of our lives for years to come, and will also introduce all new characters and stories. But the slate was so jam-packed it didn’t include some very important—and very profitable—superheroes. Black Panther 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy 3 didn’t make the cut. Carol Danvers’ inevitable followup wasn’t given a release date either, despite coming off more than $1.1 billion in global box office sales a few months earlier. But now Disney is ready to go higher, further, and faster once again, because they have begun development on the film.
Here’s everything we know about Captain Marvel 2, otherwise known as The Marvels.
Who is directing?
Candyman‘s Nia DaCosta will direct Captain Marvel 2, replacing Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who directed the first film.
What’s the release date?
The film is scheduled for release on November 11, 2022.
What’s it called?
In a video released by Marvel Studios on May 3, 2011, we learned that Captain Marvel 2 is titled The Marvels. Why the plural? It has to do with someone else joining the cast…
Who’s in the cast?
Brie Larson is set to return. But who’s joining her? At the Disney shareholders meeting in December 2020, we learned that Iman Vellani, who will play Ms. Marvel in a Disney+ TV series, will also appear in Captain Marvel 2, hence its pluralized title, The Marvels. Teyonah Parris, who plays a grown-up Monica Rambeau in WandaVision, will also reprise her role for the sequel.
According to Deadline, Velvet Buzzsaw actress Zawe Ashton will play the villain in the film. We don’t yet know which character she’ll play.
What’s the plot?
We don’t quite know what Brie Larson’s intergalactic warrior will be dealing with in her next venture. She became a full-fledged Avenger after the Snap, but she’s served more as a cosmic independent contractor than as one of Earth’s regular protectors. She was busy keeping the entire universe safe, only returning to Earth to help defeat Thanos.
Our biggest clue about Captain Marvel 2 might have come from Spider-Man: Far from Home. A post-credits scene revealed that the film’s Nick Fury and Maria Hill were actually the Skrulls Talos and Soren. The pair were filling in on Earth while Nick Fury was overseeing the construction of a massive space station. We think that structure will be prove to be S.W.O.R.D. (Sentient World Observation and Response Department), a companion organization to S.H.I.E.L.D. that should play a big role in the MCU. And if any Avenger is going to visit it, it’s Nick Fury’s old friend who can fly through space.
We also know that unlike the first Captain Marvel film, this one will be set in the present.
Also, Carol Danvers better bring Goose with her. We don’t mind waiting so long for a sequel. But that “cat” better be part of the development plans.
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This article was originally published on January 23, 2021, and was updated on February 12, 2021 and May 3, 2021.