When Captain Marvel was released in 2019, female-led superhero movies were still relatively rare. Carol Danvers broke ground as the first solo female protagonist in the MCU, with the film surpassing $1 billion at the global box office. However, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige wanted to introduce other heroines from the comics to the big screen, leading to The Marvels becoming a sequel to not just Captain Marvel, but five MCU projects.
Along with Captain Marvel, the upcoming The Marvels is a sequel to Avengers: Endgame, WandaVision, Ms. Marvel, and Secret Invasion.
Among Feige’s top priorities were Monica Rambeau and Kamala Khan, the latter being a teenager from Jersey City who modeled her superhero career after Carol. So instead of sticking to a regular sequel to Larson’s debut in the narrative, the studio decided to expand the roster to include these characters after they previously appeared in the MCU.
“This was something Kevin and I had talked about from the beginning, that this was the way [Carol Danvers] story made sense to go,” Brie Larson told Entertainment Weekly, referencing Kamala’s debut in 2022’s Ms. Marvel and Monica appearing as a child in Captain Marvel before making her present-day debut in 2020’s WandaVision.
The Marvels essentially serves as a sequel to Captain Marvel, WandaVision, and Ms. Marvel, along with Avengers: Endgame and the Disney+ series Secret Invasion. The latter features Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, who recruited Danvers in her MCU debut and called for her help to defeat Thanos in Endgame.
However, a significant amount of time has passed since the supervillain was destroyed. In The Marvels, Carol Danvers (Larson), Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) continue their respective storylines.
Having successfully reclaimed her identity from the Kree and taking defeating the Supreme Intelligence, Carol Danvers finds herself facing unforeseen consequences which force her to bear the weight of a destabilized universe. Monica Rambeau hasn’t seen Carol in a very long time, Nick Fury essentially lost touch with his Avenger, and Kamala is still figuring out her powers.
Despite the apparent disconnect, The Marvels sees Carol, Monica, and Kamala unite for the first time when Carol’s responsibilities lead her to an extraordinary wormhole linked to a Kree revolutionary. Her abilities become entangled with those of Kamala Khan, a devoted super-fan from Jersey City, and Carol’s estranged acquaintance Monica, now a S.A.B.E.R. astronaut.
“This was something Kevin and I had talked about from the beginning, that this was the way [Carol Danvers] story [in The Marvels] made sense to go.”-Brie Larson
To find a solution, the unlikely trio team up to save the universe as The Marvels.
When Does The Marvels Release?
The movie is set for release on November 10. However, since the ongoing strikes by the Writers Guild of America and The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists show no signs of resolution, several studios have made the decision to postpone some of their upcoming film releases.
According to insiders familiar with Disney’s release schedule, there have been discussions about delaying The Marvels until after the strike. This move aims to enable actors to actively promote the film, which is currently restricted due to the union’s requests. As of now, there is no official word on the reports regarding the potential delay as the movie has already been marketed.