Brie Larson has thus far been very diligent about giving us an inside look at how she’s gotten in shape, and stayed in shape, for the upcoming Marvel blockbuster The Marvels. In the meantime, fans have been waiting for her to share something from the film itself. Finally, Larson has posted an intriguing image to social media directly from The Marvels.
Larson posted the photo yesterday on her official Instagram account. The image is of a medal in Brie Larson’s hand with a new, dynamic logo for the trio we’ll be meeting in The Marvels. While it bears a resemblance to her own Captain Marvel logo, the new design incorporates aspects of the logos of her future colleagues Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) and Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani). You can see the image below.
Brie Larson captions the image with “2-17-2023,” marking the release date of The Marvels. The film was originally scheduled to hit theaters November 11, 2022, but it — like almost all of Marvel Studios’ post-2021 films — was pushed back. The Marvels‘ current release date was previously held by Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania, which is now scheduled for July 28, 2023. Meanwhile, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has settled into The Marvels‘ original date.
If nothing else, the reveal of the new logo suggests that the title of the sequel to 2019’s Captain Marvel is more than just rebranding. Assuming this logo is part of the film, then Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers, Monica Rambeau, and Kamala Khan will be forming an actual new team — as opposed to the Revengers of Thor: Ragnarok fame. If so, then it will make it the first official superhero team in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to not be based on a counterpart in the source material.
Of the three heroes that make up this new team, some of the biggest question marks we have revolve around not Brie Larson’s character, but Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau. While she clearly gained powers in WandaVision while forcing her way through Wanda Maximoff’s mystic barrier, they have yet to be defined. In the comics, Rambeau is arguably one of most powerful heroes in the narrative. She has the ability to turn herself into literally any form of energy, giving her access to a wide array of powers. By shifting into the right kind of energy form she can, for example, change her size, turn invisible, walk through walls, etc. Since light is a form of energy, she can turn into light and therefore move at the speed of light, making her faster than most comic book speedsters you can think of.
Then there’s the question of Rambeau’s codename. When she was introduced in the comics — long before Brie Larson’s counterpart would assume the title — Rambeau became the second Marvel superhero to use the name Captain Marvel. She’s also gone by Photon and Pulsar. Considering her mother Maria (Lashana Lynch) is shown to use the call sign Photon in Captain Marvel, that seems like a good bet.
Whichever name Rambeau chooses, we’re likely to learn what it is on February 17, 2023 when The Marvels hits theaters. The film stars Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, Iman Vellani, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and Zawe Ashton in an undisclosed role. One theory suggests Ashton could be playing a gender-swapped version of a minor Kree comic book bad guy.