At San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige announced the MCU’s wild Phase 4 lineup. It ensures 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 revisits some of the characters we know and love too—characters like Carol Danvers. Brie Larson will reprise the role of the hero in Captain Marvel 2, officially known as The Marvels.
Who is directing?
Candyman‘s Nia DaCosta will direct The Marvels. This is a change from the first film; Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck directed that one.
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.
And unsurprisingly, Nick Fury will return. Samuel L. Jackson shared the below photo of Nick Fury’s facial hair coming out of the box in preparation for film.
Additionally, Teen Vogue reports that Parasite star Park Seo-joon joined the project as well.
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 The Marvels 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, the sequel 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.
What’s the release date?
The Marvels is scheduled for release on February 17, 2023.
Originally published on January 23, 2021.