Not for the first time, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige has gone on record to herald the arrival of Carol Danvers – the superpowered heroine better known to you, I and the Kree race as Captain Marvel.
She’s poised to become the MCU’s most powerful hero – stronger than even the Incredible Hulk and Thor Odinson – and we know Marvel has already chosen Brie Larson to headline its first ever female-led standalone movie. As a matter of fact, Captain Marvel has since wrapped principal photography, and is expected to enter the final leg of its production cycle over the coming weeks.
Its ETA? March 2019, at which point Marvel fans will have the chance to become acquainted with a character who will go on to shape the MCU’s future, similar to how Iron Man and Captain America were the pillars on which Marvel built Phases 1 and 2.
Kevin Feige outlined all of this (and more!) during a recent chat with ComicBook.com, saying:
I mean, all of the things you’ve seen throughout Phases 1 and 2 and now through much of 3, the new characters always are important going forward in driving, shaping the future of the MCU. I think it would be amazing, another 10 years; another 20 films or so. We only focus on one step at a time but that’s all about continuing to surprise with the stories, go unexpected places, continue to play with new, fresh, unexpected genres and then introduce characters that people might have heard of or a beloved big fan base like Captain Marvel or characters like Guardians where before we made that, people had never even heard of them.
But whereas Guardians of the Galaxy was a niche property in the wider Marvel universe, Captain Marvel’s a character who needs no introduction, and we’ve also learned that Kevin Feige and Co. are pulling for a Wonder Woman-sized hit with their opening movie of 2019. $829 million is the figure to beat.
Captain Marvel officially takes flight on March 8th.