While we may still be lacking a trailer for eagerly-awaited superhero movie Captain Marvel, some intriguing new details have been released about the forthcoming entry in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.
Specifically, Marvel have revealed that counter to expectations, the film won’t be an origin story for Brie Larson’s new hero (real name Carol Danvers) – instead she’ll start the movie fully powered and travelling through space, before returning to Earth to battle an alien invasion.
However, the events of the movie eventually bring Carol back to Earth “with new questions about her past,” while also putting her in conflict with alien race the Skrulls. Led by Ben Mendelsohn’s Talos, the shape-shifting baddies are planning to take over the world – but can Carol stop them?
Well, considering the film is set in the 1990s, decades before the original Iron Man, we’re guessing she can, as we never noticed many Skrulls in the corridors of power in the other MCU movies. Still, whatever lowering of the stakes the period setting will lend to the movie will be more than offset by the chance of seeing younger versions of the Marvel characters we all know and love, including Samuel L Jackson’s Nick Fury, who’s still “a two-eyed S.H.I.E.L.D. desk jockey” years before he assembled the Avengers.
Though from the sounds of things, he’ll have more than enough to handle with Captain Marvel herself…
“She can’t help but be herself,” Larson says of her new character. “She can be aggressive, and she can have a temper, and she can be a little invasive and in your face.
“She’s also quick to jump to things, which makes her amazing in battle because she’s the first one out there and doesn’t always wait for orders. But the [not] waiting for orders is, to some, a character flaw.”
“This is not a superhero who’s perfect or otherworldly or has some godlike connection,” co-director Anna Boden added.
“But what makes her special is just how human she is. She’s funny, but doesn’t always tell good jokes. And she can be headstrong and reckless and doesn’t always make the perfect decisions for herself.
“But at her core, she has so much heart and so much humanity — and all of its messiness.”
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