Carol Danvers is coming back for more. It's been confirmed that Captain Marvel 2 is in the works. The news was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con, where Marvel Studios absolutely brought down the house with an onslaught of news regarding their Phase 4 slate beyond Avengers: Endgame. While they didn't really have any time to dig into the specifics of Brie Larson's return, it was name-dropped toward the end of the presentation.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige made the reveal at the very end of the studio's SDCC panel in Hall H. Toward the end of the event, he began to list off a series of movies that are in development that they didn't have time to get to, with Feige saying "We didn't have time to talk about Captain Marvel 2." He also dropped other projects such as Black Panther 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, in addition to rebooted version of the Fantastic Four and the X-Men within the MCU. Unfortunately, for the time being, we didn't get anything more than a confirmation. But considering the first movie just came out a few months ago, that's not bad.
Brie Larson is having a huge year. Not only did she star in Captain Marvel, but she also reprised her role as the powerful hero in Avengers: Endgame, which is now officially the highest-grossing movie of all time, beating James Cameron's Avatar for the top spot. Couple that with the success her first solo adventure enjoyed and it's ab absolute no-brainer that we're getting a sequel. The question now becomes, what will the movie be about? Will it be another sprawling space adventure? Will it be set in the past? Or will we be catching up with Carol in a post-Endgame universe?
Captain Marvel proved to be a bigger than expected hit at the box office, grossing $1.1 billion globally. It served as Marvel's first ever solo female superhero movie. Critically, the movie holds a decent 78 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. However, the audience rating is much lower at 55 percent. In any case, money like that all but ensured the sequel was inevitable.
It isn't clear if directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will return to helm the follow-Up. Marvel tends to try and keep creative teams together, when things click, so it would be safe to assume they will be. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details on the project are made available by Marvel.
Marvel Studios has now confirmed that the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase 4 will include Fantastic Four, Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. This is in addition to the slew of projects that are coming our way including The Eternals, Blade, Black Panther, and more. Kevin Feige was not messing around when he went down to San Diego for this year's Comic-Con. He truly has earned taking next year off.
WARNING: Potential spoilers for Bond 25 to follow.
If the constant media circus surrounding Daniel Craig’s ankle injury and other onset accidents are any indication, then the Bond 25 production currently has many, many leaks. The latest of these concerns the casting of Captain Marvel star Lashana Lynch, the British actress best known around the globe for playing Carol Danvers’ friend Maria Rambeau. Her casting in the latest 007 film was officially revealed in April, but much like fellow cast member Rami Malek and others, no details concerning her role were provided.
According to a new report from the Daily Mail, however, it seems that one pertinent detail regarding Lynch’s Bond 25 role has leaked. So, again, this is your last warning that what’s about to follow may or may not be a massive spoiler for the Cary Fukunaga-directed feature even though it’s from the Daily Mail, but here goes… Lynch is playing 007:
A movie insider said: ‘There is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M says ‘Come in 007’, and in walks Lashana who is black, beautiful and a woman.
‘It’s a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond but he’s been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman.’
The unverified source goes on to claim that Lynch’s character has simply taken the spy designation following Bond’s apparent retirement toward the beginning of the film. The Daily Mail noted that the character twist is the result of Fleabag and Killing Eve creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s influence, as the writer was brought onboard to punch up the film’s script.
So… how long before Piers Morgan inevitably complains about the latest Bond-related rumor?
Some brand new concept art from Dark Phoenix has surfaced online and it dumps a significant amount of fuel on a fire that's already been burning with this movie since before it even hit theaters. To say the least, the latest X-Men entry hasn't exactly met expectations. There is a lot of blame to go around. One interesting issue that has come up multiple times is that the Marvel Comics adaptation was forced to make some major changes, as it closely resembled Captain Marvel. This art really speaks to that.
The images were shared to Instagram by concept artist Houston Sharp. They feature Sophie Turner's Jean Grey blasting off into space, engulfed in flame. Coincidentally, they look an awful lot like Brie Larson's Captain Marvel when she blasts off into space in her own movie. As Sharp notes in his caption, the design was changed in the final cut. Here's what he had to say.
"Jean Grey Sophie Turner Blasting Off into Space. This shot for the final sequence was changed a bit in the released film. More concept art from Dark Phoenix to come!"
Dark Phoenix, which was directed by longtime franchise producer/writer Simon Kinberg, originally wrapped filming in late 2017. However, massive reshoots were eventually ordered that significantly changed the third act. We later found out that the movie originally involved Skrulls, who were the antagonists in Captain Marvel, and that the third act also originally resembled, more closely, that particular movie. This concept art further reveals the remarkable similarities that, at least at one time, existed between these two titles.
Prior to the movie's release, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender revealed in an interview that the reshoots were done in order to avoid similarities between an unnamed superhero movie. Thanks to another interview with Tye Sheridan later on, it was confirmed that movie was indeed Captain Marvel. So why the changes? Disney purchased most of Fox, who owned the X-Men franchise, in a $71 billion deal. While the deal didn't officially close until March, it's clear that the changes were made as to not have this movie conflict with Brie Larson's first solo outing in the MCU, as she's set to be a major part of the universe in the future.
Related: Dark Phoenix Could Lose as Much as $120 Million at the Box Office
Captain Marvel, released in March, wound up being a huge success, grossing more than $1 billion globally. Dark Phoenix is another story entirely. It's largely been panned by critics, currently boasting a 23 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. To date, it's earned just $232 million at the box office and it's rapidly being pulled from theaters, meaning its chances to recoup its massive, inflated budget thanks to the reshoots are becoming increasingly slim. Sadly, this isn't the send-off this version of the X-Men probably deserved. But might it have been worse if these movies wound up being so similar? Be sure to check out the concept art from Houston Sharp's Instagram below.
Captain Marvel directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck discuss Nick Fury's eye loss in the movie. The legend of Fury's eye has changed a few times in the comics, but the first time was when a Nazi grenade went off near him and he didn't react fast enough. However, that was the first version of the character. The second time was during the Iraq War in Kuwait when he and his team fell under attack. Obviously, this all changed, like a lot of Fury's backstory for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In Captain Marvel, Nick Fury falls in love with Carol Danvers' cat Goose, even when he finds out she's an alien Flerken, capable of some incredible things. Goose doesn't enjoy the way she's being held and she scratches Fury's left eye. At first, it doesn't look too bad, but it was enough to get infected and Fury lost his eye by the end of the movie. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck talked about the eye in the commentary on the Blu-ray release. Boden had this to say.
"People ask if we always knew the Flerken was going to be responsible for Nick Fury losing his eye and we didn't know it would happen exactly that way, but it seemed pretty clear that when we had a Flerken in this movie, it was going to be responsible for taking Nick Fury's eye."
In 2014's Captain America, Nick Fury says, "The last time I trusted someone I lost an eye." Well, that person is a cat, or alien, named Goose in the MCU. Back in the early 1990s, Fury trusted Goose and if she's still alive, he probably still does. It's pretty amazing how the MCU is able to keep nearly everything straight throughout all of their movies, keeping them all connected.
Avengers: Endgame might have thrown a monkey wrench into the aforementioned continuity. A lot of snaps went down and the universe has changed, which we will see when Spider-Man: Far From Home opens in theaters next month, with Nick Fury there to hopefully explain some of the changes that have gone down since Tony Stark sacrificed his life to save the universe. We know the Elementals have arrived in Europe due to a tear in the universe, so there could be a lot more changes waiting in the MCU.
Related: Captain Marvel Bloopers & Extended Scene Show Carol Danver's Less Serious Side
Captain Marvel is now available on Blu-ray, which comes with a variety of different bonus features, depending on where it is bought. Director commentary is available on all editions, which is where we found out the extra Goose information from Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Hopefully we'll hear some more information about the future of Carol Danvers in the near future as the MCU's Phase 4 prepares to launch. Until then, you can head over to Marvel to purchase the Captain Marvel Blu-ray.
Despite the fact that the Kree-Skrull war plays a big part in Captain Marvel, it’s not quite the same as fans familiar with its comic book origins were probably expecting. That’s because, as Ben Mendelsohn’s Talos tells Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers at the end of the second act, they’re not the real villains of the story. Longtime comic book readers were unsurprisingly split on Marvel’s creative license, but audiences were ultimately on board with the reveal. In a new interview, the directors dug into their reasoning for doing it.
Speaking with Comic Book to promote the film’s home release, Captain Marvel co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck explained that, most importantly, presenting the Skrulls as victims instead of oppressors had to do with helping Danvers “find her humanity”:
“Carol finds her humanity in that scene and we really see the humanity of the Skrulls in this scene and it’s like these pointy eared weird looking shape shifting aliens that we assumed were the villains for the first half of the film and to like open up our hearts and see that they have families and they care about the same things that we care about.”
Boden added that it “was one of the really exciting things about this movie,” and something the rest of the writers and producers, including Marvel head Kevin Feige, “got really excited about.”
“Taking these Skrulls who’re like the villains from the comics and being able to see another side of them” was tantamount, she concluded, to Danvers’ “reckoning with warring with these people who she didn’t understand and was fighting on the wrong side of the war” against. This still doesn’t mean that some bad Skrulls won’t one day turn up in a future MCU entry as they very nearly did in Dark Phoenix, of course, but we’ll just have to wait for that moment, should it ever come.