Yesterday, Brie Larson took to Twitter to tease Marvel fans about her upcoming superhero film, Captain Marvel. The movie is Marvel’s next theatrical release, promising to gracefully bridge the gap between events from the 1990’s-era movie to Avengers 4 while introducing a powerful new character to battle Thanos in an upcoming apocalyptic showdown. Larson jokingly posted about breaking the Internet, when we all know that’s Ralph’s job.
Hey @EW I’m bored. Wanna break the Internet tomorrow?
— Brie Larson (@brielarson) September 5, 2018
So we’re still here, and the Internet is not broken (if your internet is broken please don’t contact us), so what happened? It turns out that this is a publicity stunt for Entertainment Weekly‘s new issue, which features the first official photo from Captain Marvel on the cover. You can marvel at the cover below while weeping silently into a pillow, hoping that the first trailer for Captain Marvel appears sometime this month as rumored.
If you have been paying attention to the minute details of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you know that Captain Marvel has been hinted at in the final Avengers: Infinity War post-credits scene. As Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) meets his fate he sends out a final page (yes, from a pager) to Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel. Presumably this pager can span time and space, sending a message to the 1990’s. Or maybe she still has a pager, as one does.
Captain Marvel tells the story of Carol Danvers, serving as her introduction before the next showdown with Thanos in Avengers 4. Marvel’s first female solo film takes place in the 1990’s, focusing on a U.S. Air Force officer who gets caught up in the explosion of an alien device, melding her genetic structure with Mar-Vell’s (Jude Law), thus turning her into a human-Kree hybrid female superhero.
Larson describes a bit about her character’s personality when speaking with EW. “She can’t help but be herself,” Larson says. “She can be aggressive, and she can have a temper, and she can be a little invasive and in your face. She’s also quick to jump to things, which makes her amazing in battle because she’s the first one out there and doesn’t always wait for orders. But the [not] waiting for orders is, to some, a character flaw.”
When the film begins, Danvers already has her powers. She’s abandoned her earthly life to enlist with an elite Kree military team named Starforce, led by Jude Law’s commander Mar-Vell. You may remember the Kree, and Lee Pace’s villainous Ronan, from Guardians of the Galaxy. Taking place in the 90’s, Ronan is still around, along with younger versions of Nick Fury and Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg). Eventually Danvers returns to Earth to battle Skrulls, bad guys who can shape-shift, along with their leader Talos (Ben Mendelsohn).
Anna Boden, who is co-directing the film with Ryan Fleck, says, “This is not a superhero who’s perfect or otherworldly or has some godlike connection. But what makes her special is just how human she is. She’s funny, but doesn’t always tell good jokes. And she can be headstrong and reckless and doesn’t always make the perfect decisions for herself. But at her core, she has so much heart and so much humanity — and all of its messiness.”
Follow the below link for a look at 10 EW-exclusive images from the film:
Captain Marvel hits theaters March 8, 2019, while Avengers 4 follows on May 3, 2019. Stay tuned for more news, as (for our sanity) the first trailers can’t be too far away.