If there is one person who has all the information regarding the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe it is the man in charge of it, Kevin Feige. So when the Marvel Studios chief took the stage in San Diego to give fans information about the upcoming Captain Marvel film, everyone was listening.
Feige took the stage in Hall H to give fans some information as well as concept art from the upcoming film starring Brie Larson and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Per usual, the information led to more questions and speculation about the plot and the villains revealed. Here’s what we know so far.
Captain Marvel will take place in the 1990’s according to Feige. What this means is that the film will take place before the start of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (the first Iron Man was released in 2008). The setting opens up several possibilities for story and characters that haven’t been seen before and also sets up some interesting ties to the next reveal from the panel.
Nick Fury Returns
I previously wrote about the return of Samuel L. Jackson‘s Nick Fury to the MCU in the Captain Marvel film, but it looks like his presence will have more resonance than another cameo. Considering that Fury will sport both eyes in the film, it stands to reason that the events of the Captain Marvel film not only facilitate him losing the eye (he did say in Captain America: Winter Soldier that he lost the eye because he trusted someone; possibly a Skrull?), but also pushes him to start The Avengers Initiative.
The villains in the film have been announced and the announcement itself has started speculation as to how this came to be. When Fox acquired the rights to the Fantastic Four, they also got the rights to the villains known as the Skrulls. While Fox has never used the villains before, the fact that they had them was an issue for many fans going back to the first Avengers movie when the Chitauri were used instead of the iconic Marvel space villains. In a sign of increased cooperation between Marvel Studios and other studios (One collaboration with Sony leading to this year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming), it looks like there may be more cross over potential going forward with the shape-shifting Skrulls being the main villains of the Captain Marvel film.
The other advantage is the Skrulls and the Kree, who have been at odds in the comics for decades, will provide fans of the material a means of seeing those conflicts play out. Especially considering the part the Kree play in the creation of Captain Marvel.
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