To fans who followed the milestones reached by the first Captain Marvel movie it will likely come as no surprise that a sequel, Captain Marvel 2, has been confirmed. After all, the first female-led movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe earned $1 billion worldwide.
Though it’s far off, a lot has already been said by producers, Brie Larson, and of course, there’s been plenty of fan speculation. Let’s take a closer look at what we know about Captain Marvel 2, what those involved are hoping to see happen, and when we might see her next Marvel adventure hit theaters.
The Team In Charge Of Captain Marvel 2
Work officially began on Captain Marvel 2 on January 22, 2020 when Disney announced they’d hired Megan McDonnell to write the sequel script. McDonnell previously worked on writing the Disney+ series WandaVision, and clearly Disney was happy with her work.
Megan McDonnell did not, however, work on the first Captain Marvel. The first Captain Marvel movie was written by the movie’s directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck along with Geneve Robertson-Dworet. None of that original creative team will be involved in Captain Marvel 2.
Candyman reboot director Nia DaCosta has been tapped to fill the directing duties for the upcoming Captain Marvel 2. The first film, Captain Marvel, was directed by the pair of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck and saw the movie pull in a worldwide box office of $1.13 billion. Those are some pretty big shoes for DaCosta to fill, but from all accounts, she can fill them.
DaCosta wrote and directed the highly regarded indie Little Woods, which caught producer/director/writer Jordan Peele’s (Get Out, Us) eye. She was then chosen to co-write, along with Peele, the Candyman reboot, and then was put high on the list to helm Captain Marvel 2, where she eventually got the gig.
DaCosta becomes the fourth woman, and first Black woman, to direct a Marvel Studios production as she follows Boden as well as Chloé Zhao (Eternals) and Cate Shortland (Black Widow) in Marvel Studios’ continued drive towards broader inclusion at the top of their ranks. DaCosta’s announcement as the director didn’t come without competition as Jamie Babbit (But I’m A Cheerleader) and Olivia Wilde (Booksmart) were also in the running.
Bringing Back Brie Larson
Rumors have been swirling for awhile now that Brie Larson was taking a hard line with Marvel and refusing to return as Captain Marvel unless the studio met a series of extreme demands. Now word is that Marvel is caving and those demands are being met. Here’s a list of what Brie Larson reportedly wanted…
- Equal pay to Marvel’s male stars, even the ones who might be in bigger franchises with a longer history.
- Top billing in Avengers 5 (making her the de facto new Robert Downey Jr.) and any crossover projects.
- More creative control over her character and the Captain Marvel solo franchise.
It’s not quite the same level of deal that Robert Downey Jr. had with Marvel, but it’s close. Expect Captain Marvel to become Iron Man’s replacement as Marvel’s marquee character now.
Captain Marvel’s Sexuality
None of Captain Marvel’s movies have really addressed her sexuality. Activists had hoped that the lingering looks she gave her best friend Maria meant they were an item, but so far Marvel really hasn’t addressed it one way or another.
Word is that will soon change in Captain Marvel 2. Rumor has it that she’ll be involved in a love triangle in the sequel, competing for the affection of Jessica Jones with superhero Luke Cage as Carol Danvers’ rival for the super-powered woman’s romantic interest.
For now it’s just a rumor but Marvel has been pretty eager to start representing the LGBTQ community in more of their movies. The Eternals, which gets released before Captain Marvel 2, is confirmed to feature a number of different LGBTQ characters. By the time Captain Marvel 2 gets released, that glass ceiling will already have been broken, making it easy for Marvel to confirm that Carol Danvers is a lesbian.
Disney Didn’t Want Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel was a bit of a gamble for Disney. In the past, female-led superhero movies like Elektra or Catwoman, hadn’t done well at the box office. So it makes sense that they might have been nervous. And according to Avengers star Mark Ruffalo, they were so nervous that Kevin Feige nearly got fired over it.
Ruffalo explains to The Independent, “When we did the first Avengers, Kevin Feige told me, ‘Listen, I might not be here tomorrow.’ [He was going to talk to Disney about the issue of why there were no female superhero movies.] And he’s like, ‘Ike [Isaac Perlmutter, Disney’s largest shareholder at the time] does not believe that anyone will go to a female-starring superhero movie. So if I am still here tomorrow, you will know that I won that battle.’“
Ruffalo goes on to give credit to Feige for even more than that one achievement. He says, “Because Kevin wanted black superheroes, women superheroes, LGBT superheroes. He changed the whole Marvel universe. We now have a gay superhero on the way, we have black superheroes, we have female superheroes – Scarlett Johansson has her movie coming out, we have Captain Marvel, they are doing She-Hulk next. No other studio is being that inclusive on that level. [Smiles] They have to, though. This is the fucking world.“
The problem with Ruffalo’s second statement is that he’s conveniently ignoring the three Blade movies which did huge numbers at the box office long before Kevin Feige got on the scene. He’s also ignoring the popularity of the Avengers, as a huge factor in making it so we have a Black Widow movie. If what he’s saying is true, though, we definitely do have to give Kevin Feige a lot of credit for Captain Marvel.
Returning Cast Members
Brie Larson will return as Carol Danvers, also known as Captain Marvel. She has already been asked about her role in interviews and has confirmed she’s in.
Not everyone is happy Brie Larson will continue to play Captain Marvel. A petition to get her to step down has been making the rounds and to date it has received 30,000 signatures. While she has received her share of criticisms over her portrayal of Carol Danvers and also courted controversy because of some of her comments while promoting the original Captain Marvel, the petition to have Larson removed exists for an entirely different reason.
According to the petition, signers want Brie Larson to step down as Captain Marvel “to prove she is an ally of social justice and ensure a gay woman of color plays the role. Let Monica, the original female & BLACK Captain Marvel instead of white-washing characters for the benefit of the straight, white men running Disney.”
Despite the number of signatures the petition has received, it’s unlikely anyone other than Brie Larson will play Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel 2.
Captain Marvel herself is the only character we know for sure will be returning at this point. It is possible she may be the only returning cast member and that we will be seeing all new characters in Captain Marvel 2.
There are fans who have theorized that Nick Fury could be returning for the sequel and the theory does make sense given what’s been teased by Marvel.
Samuel L. Jackson has famously played the role of Nick Fury in many Marvel movies, including the first Captain Marvel film. Nick Fury was most recently seen in Spider-Man: Far From Home. As fans of the Marvel movies know, the post-credits scenes often give us hints about what else is currently happening in the universe that we may see carry forward into future films. The post-credits scene for Far From Home showed Nick Fury working on a spaceship somewhere that wasn’t Earth. During this time, Talos impersonated Nick Fury back home on Earth.
If Nick Fury was working on a defense mechanism to fight against an upcoming Kree invasion, his actions may bring him into a Captain Marvel 2 story line involving defending Earth against a Kree invasion.
The Plot Of Captain Marvel 2
In 2019, we saw Brie Larson take on the role of Carol Danvers for the first time in Captain Marvel. This film took place in the mid-90s and introduced her coming into her own as Captain Marvel. Eventually, she finds herself in the middle of two alien races fighting an intergalactic war.
Later in 2019, we saw Captain Marvel for a second time in Avengers: Endgame. That movie took place in the modern era
So the question for Captain Marvel 2 is: Will it take place after Avengers: Endgame, or before? Disney has announced the sequel movie will take place in the present day. That means it’ll take place in the world after Avengers: Endgame.
While it’s only wishful thinking, there is interest in having the character Ms. Marvel take part in the story for Captain Marvel 2. Ms. Marvel has yet to be in a film for the MCU, but will soon have her own television series on Disney+.
The Ms. Marvel comics published in 2015 were written by G. Willow Wilson. The story follows Kamala Khan, a Muslim teenager who develops superpowers and uses her idol, Captain Marvel, as a guiding light for how to handle her new responsibilities.
Kevin Feige, producer on Captain Marvel who will be taking on Captain Marvel 2, has publicly said that he liked the idea of Kamala Khan appearing in the next Captain Marvel story. Brie Larson has also made statements saying that she would love to see Ms. Marvel coming into play for the sequel.
This raises a few questions. One of them is whether the actress who takes on the role of Ms. Marvel for the Disney+ series would also play the role in Captain Marvel 2?
While it’s interesting to see Feige and Larson hinting at what they’d like to see, we don’t yet have word on what will actually happen. It’s likely that once plot decisions are more concrete we’ll see less public speculation from people so central to the production.
Because there will still be many more MCU movies before Captain Marvel 2 is released, there are too many unknowns for us to speculate too much on how the sequel may fit into the stories of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One fair bet though, is that we will likely see more of Captain Marvel taking on the Kree.
Now that Marvel owns the X-Men again, they’re keen to start integrating them into their movie universe. Word is they may start with Rogue and she’ll make her first appearance in Captain Marvel 2.
Regular scooper Mike Sutton says Rogue will show up in the movie as a villain, as part of a mutant terrorist group. Fans familiar with Rogue’s history know that at some point she was a villain and they also know that the most famous mutant terrorist group in X-Men lore is the Brotherhood of Mutants, led by Magneto. But this will NOT be the Brotherhood, it’ll be some other group, since Marvel doesn’t want to use Magneto right away.
Reportedly not only will Rogue be in the movie as a villain but according to this scooper she’ll be Captain Marvel 2’s MAIN villain. Odds are she won’t be played by Anna Paquin and it’ll be Marvel’s version of Rogue which is totally different from the one we all know and love. Still, I’m not sure who I’ll be rooting for.
Starting to connect Rogue to Captain Marvel is a great idea. Captain Marvel plays heavily into how Rogue finally gets her full set of powers in the Marvel universe. That full set of powers is something we never actually saw from Rogue in the F0x X-Men movies. Finally taking her there in the Marvel universe would be a great way for Marvel Studios to differentiate their X-Men from the ones we’re already familiar with.
At this point it is all but confirmed that at least some X-Men characters will be involved in Captain Marvel 2. So while this rumor may seem pretty wild, it’s not as wild as it might have been before.
Scoopers The Quartering claim to have a source inside Marvel who tells them that Wolverine will show up in Captain Marvel 2, and what’s more he’ll be played by former Superman turned Witcher star Henry Cavill.
Would he look the part? Here’s a piece of fan art which answers that question…
You should take this whole rumor with a grain of salt and even if it’s true they don’t really offer much in the way of detail on exactly how much he’ll be in Captain Marvel 2. Wolverine is the X-Men’s flagship character, so however he’s used would be carefully considered by Marvel and probably used to set up another movie focused on Wolverine later.
As for Cavill, aside from being way too tall to play the character (that didn’t stop Hugh Jackman) he definitely has the physique and the gruff sensibilities to pull it off. It could work.
Marvel fans have long clamored for Marvel to finally introduce Nova. Nova’s real name is Richard Rider and after the destruction of the Nova Corps he becomes the one and only Nova.
The Nova Corps has been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for awhile, most notably showing up prominently in the first Guardians of the Galaxy. But we haven’t actually seen Richard Rider yet.
Now rumor has it that Captain Marvel 2 may be the place Nova finally gets introduced. Except, the rumor claims Marvel will gender swap the character. Instead of Richard Rider we’ll get his daughter, Beth Rider. This is part of a plan to set up A-Force, a team of all female superheroes which Marvel plans to push forward in the future.
This particular rumor is pretty shaky, so don’t bank on seeing Nova until we get more confirmation.
New Cast Members
Without a plot, they have yet to cast anyone officially in the film. That said, there are many possibilities for other MCU characters to take on a new role Captain Marvel 2.
Natalie Portman will be return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Thor: Love and Thunder. Could she make an appearance in Captain Marvel 2?
Could we see Tom Holland as Spider-Man appear to help fight the Kree? That connects, since Nick Fury’s last appearance was in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
We may get more hints at other Marvel heroes fighting the Kree in the coming Phase 4 films that will give us a firmer guess on potential crossovers.
Captain Marvel’s New Look
Captain Marvel showed up in Avengers: Endgame looking different than she did in the Captain Marvel movie. Her uniform was basically the same but she’d gone with a dramatically different haircut. They almost went in a totally different direction, though.
Costume designer Andy Park posted this image showing off the other hairstyles they considered for Carol Danvers…
While not everyone agrees, most fans seem happy with the short hair. Comic fans in particular were pleased, since that haircut is closer to the one worn by Captain Marvel in the current comics. Take a look…
Expect Carol Danvers to stick with her Avengers: Endgame look when Captain Marvel 2 rolls around.
When Will Captain Marvel 2 Be Released?
At this point, the Captain Marvel 2 is in the development stage. That hasn’t stopped Marvel from assigning it a release date. You can expect the Captain Marvel sequel in theaters July 8, 2022.
The Future Of Captain Marvel
Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers character is Captain Marvel for now, but that may not be the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s long term plan. Word is that the company wants more diversity in their live-action superhero movies, so they’re planning to replace her.
Reporter Daniel Richtman made this tweet…
“Love where the MCU is headed diversity wise. We had an all white 6 Avengers at first but down the line we’ll get a black Captain America (Sam), Spider-Man (Miles) and Captain Marvel (Monica). Asian with Shang-Chi and Sersi and Muslim with Ms. Marvel and Blade.”
And when he was asked for clarification he made this post, then deleted it: “Sam replaced Steve, Miles will replace Peter down the line and Monica will replace her.”
Monica was the daughter of Carol Danvers’ best friend in the first Captain Marvel movie. The character is also set to appear in WandaVision where she’ll be an adult played by Teyonah Parris. Given that WandaVision is set in the fifties it doesn’t make a lot of sense. But she’s clearly a part of Marvel’s broader plans and given that it’s Marvel that usually means they’re setting the stage for something big.
In the comics, Monica does indeed become a superhero, though not necessarily Captain Marvel. But if Marvel Studios really is looking to have someone else step in for Carol Danvers as the Captain, slotting her in could make sense.