*Warning: This article contains spoilers for Ms Marvel season 1.*
There have been a few downbeat predictions about the future of the MCU in recent months – with a report in Variety having highlighted a number of ongoing issues at the studio as it attempts to ensure the franchise remains a dominant cultural force.
Some of those concerns centered around reshoots on the studio's latest release The Marvels, which is also currently tracking to perform below expectations at the box office.
The much-delayed film sees Brie Larson reprise her role as Carol Danvers, AKA Captain Marvel, and comes four years after she last led an MCU film in 2019’s Captain Marvel.
This time around, she's joined by Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) and Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), who debuted in Disney Plus TV shows Ms Marvel and WandaVision respectively.
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The final trailer for the film was released this week and paid tribute to the past Avengers, including Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) and Captain America (Chris Evans), looking back at defeat of Thanos, before teasing the battle between Danvers and Zawe Ashton's Dar-Benn.
Here's everything you need to know about The Marvels.
The Marvels release date
The Marvels will land in cinemas on Friday 10th November 2023.
The film was originally slated for an 8th July 2022 release date, but the pandemic pushed it back to 11th November 2022.
It was then delayed until 17th February 2023, before being pushed back to November.
Who stars in The Marvels?
Brie Larson leads The Marvels cast, playing fighter pilot turned immensely powerful cosmic being Carol Danvers.
Teyonah Parris reprises her WandaVision role of Monica Rambeau, while Iman Vellani will return as Kamala Khan aka Ms Marvel, who debuted in her own Disney Plus adventure in June 2022.
Following Vellani over to the big screen are Saagar Shaikh, Zenobia Shroff and Mohan Kapur, who fans will remember as Kamala's older brother Aamir, mother Muneeba and father Yusuf respectively.
Another familiar face is Samuel L Jackson, who will be making his 15th appearance in the MCU as former SHIELD director Nick Fury (counting television shows Agents of SHIELD, What If...? and Secret Invasion).
Joining the Marvel family is Fresh Meat star Zawe Ashton, who has been cast as Kree villain Dar-Benn, while South Korean superstar Park Seo-joon plays obscure comic book character Prince Yan.
Behind the camera, Nia DaCosta is taking the director's chair as her follow-up to 2021's well-received Candyman sequel.
We asked a panel of pop-culture enthusiasts to share their thoughts on the release of The Marvels this November. Watch the full Marvel versus DC debate show now.
The Marvels plot theories
Viewers will have plenty of homework to do before heading into The Marvels, as the film has links to three Disney Plus shows: WandaVision, Ms Marvel and Secret Invasion.
For starters, it will have to address whatever force is connecting Kamala Khan to her personal hero Carol Danvers, who crashed into her New Jersey bedroom in a post-credits sting at the end of her solo series.
The blockbuster will also push forward the story of Monica Rambeau, who gained super powers from the Scarlet Witch in last year's WandaVision, although her exact capabilities are yet to be clearly defined.
It appears the three characters will be switching bodies every time they use their powers, but why exactly has yet to be revealed, though villain Dar-Benn is likely to be involved.
Fans of Captain Marvel's first solo flick will remember that Carol was once best friends with Monica's mother, the late Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), but became distant after gaining her superhuman gifts.
As outlined in WandaVision, Monica feels strongly that she abandoned them, which is particularly tough to swallow following Maria's tragic death from a form of cancer – a loss that Carol may not even be aware of yet.
Finally, it has been speculated that the events of Secret Invasion will also play into The Marvels, due to the two projects having a shared star in Samuel L Jackson.
Additionally, the Secret Invasion storyline revolves around the shape-shifting Skrulls and Captain Marvel is the character most closely tied with that alien species so far.
The Marvel is part of the franchise's controversial Phase 5, which some fans have criticised for lacking direction.
He said: "There’s nobody better at telling stories than Kevin Feige right now. If you’re going to bet on anybody, you bet on him.
"I think that the type of story that unfolded in the phases that we worked on [was] a very specific kind of story that wrapped itself up in those phases and now it’s time for a new story, and I think that’s the direction that Marvel’s headed in.
"They’re telling you a very different story, a very new story and I think the audience just needs to be patient with the redirection because you can’t keep telling the same story over and over or you lose the audience.
"I think they’re taking some very big swings and they’re playing around with the tone and they’re championing diversity as much as anyone in the storytelling space right now and all of these things are huge wins for large-scale storytelling."
Is there a trailer for The Marvels movie?
Yes! The final trailer for The Marvels has now been released. Watch it below:
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