‘Captain Marvel’: Everything we know about the movie so far

'Captain Marvel' adds a Hollywood legend in an unspecified role

Academy Award winner Brie Larson is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2019’s Captain Marvel, which casts her as Carol Danvers, the titular cosmic hero who has been both a member and ally of the Avengers in the Marvel Comics continuity. Cameras began rolling on Captain Marvel in March 2018, and we already have some ’80s-fueled photos from the set of the film.

Set to be directed by Mississippi Grind filmmakers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a script by Tomb Raider screenwriter Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Meg LeFauve (Inside Out), Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch (Glow), Captain Marvel hits theaters March 8, 2019, and will be Marvel’s first female-led solo superhero movie.

Here’s everything we know about the movie so far.

Annette Bening joins the MCU

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has joined the film’s cast. No word on Bening’s character has been given, save for the fact that she will be a scientist of some sort. though rumors suggest she may be playing Danvers’ mother. Whoever she ends up playing, we expect it must be an important role, given Bening’s pedigree.

The ’80s are alive

A series of photos from the set of Captain Marvel found their way online in March, just a few days after cameras began rolling on the film. While the 1980s setting for the movie had already been confirmed, the photos offer an indication of just how ’80s the characters will go for the film.

The photos were posted on Twitter by fan feed Captain Marvel News, and feature Larson — as well as other members of the cast — adorned in some impressively period-appropriate attire for the ’80s.

Welcome to the jungle, Carol Danvers.

Taking flight

Marvel released a photo from production on Captain Marvel on March 26, 2018, to announce the start of principal photography.

The first photo from the set of the film features Larson (left) alongside Brigadier General Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing Commander (right), at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

A cosmic story

In Marvel Comics continuity, Danvers is an Air Force pilot who gained powerful abilities when her DNA was fused with that of an alien species during an explosion. She initially took the name “Ms. Marvel,” but eventually inherited the title of “Captain Marvel” from the original character who went by that name.

The Captain Marvel movie is set in the 1990s and features Samuel L. Jackson as a younger Nick Fury (when he still had two eyes) and is expected to use the shape-changing aliens known as Skrulls as the film’s villains.

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The official synopsis for Captain Marvel reads as follows: “The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.”

New and familiar faces

Marvel’s announcement regarding the start of filming was accompanied by an official cast listing for the movie, which includes some unexpected returning characters from the studio’s cinematic universe alongside the previously announced newcomers.

Along with Jackson returning as Nick Fury, the film’s cast also includes Djimon Hounsou reprising his Guardians of the Galaxy role as Korath, Lee Pace reprising his Guardians of the Galaxy role as Ronan, and The Avengers and Agents of SHIELD actor Clark Gregg returning as SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson.

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Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in The Avengers Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The supporting cast is filled out by Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Lashana Lynch (Brotherhood), Gemma Chan (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Algenis Perez Soto (Sugar), Rune Temte (Eddie The Eagle), McKenna Grace (I, Tonya), and Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley) in the role of Mar-Vell.

Costume and colors

In January 2018, Larson was glimpsed on the Atlanta set of the still-untitled fourth Avengers movie, wearing what appears to be her Captain Marvel uniform (or some variation of it).

The photos of Larson suited up as Captain Marvel were posted by Page Six and feature her navigating the streets of Atlanta (with some help from a map) and giving an unidentified male character a painful handshake (and likely teaching him a lesson of some sort).

The fourth Avengers movie unfolds in the wake of Avengers: Infinity War and was confirmed to feature Captain Marvel in a key role. That film will hit theaters a few months after Captain Marvel, in May 2019.

Fans of the character have noted that Larson’s costume doesn’t appear to have the same red, yellow, and blue color scheme that Captain Marvel often appears in, but some color-adjusted versions of the photos posted by Twitter user “el_steevo” suggest that this could simply be a result of accounting for green-screen effects in the background.

Updated on May 9: Added Annette Bening’s casting.