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It’s time to go even higher, even further, and even faster. The highly-anticipated Captain Marvel sequel is coming soon to a theater near you. The film — titled The Marvels — will be the 31st film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and part of Phase Five of the MCU.
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There’s a bit of a wait for The Marvels, but the film will build off the Phase Four films, including Spider-Man: No Way Home, Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and more. The first trailer was shown at D23 Expo, where Brie Larson hinted that her future playing Carol Danvers is up in the air. From the release date to what we know about production, HollywoodLife has all the latest news on The Marvels.
‘The Marvels’ Release Date & Where To Watch
The official release date for The Marvels is July 28, 2023. The film had been previously scheduled to be released on July 8 and November 11, 2022. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the sequel was pushed to a 2023 release date.
The Marvels will be released exclusively in theaters. All Marvel movies since Black Widow have had an exclusive theatrical release. The film will be made available on Disney+ at a later date.
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Cast & Crew
Brie Larson will be back as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel. She returns to the role after her debut as the iconic character in the 2019 film Captain Marvel. Brie has appeared as the character in other MCU films since Captain Marvel, including Avengers: Endgame and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, but this will be her second stand-alone Marvel movie.
Brie will be joined by Teyonah Parris, who plays Monica Rambeau. The adult Monica was introduced in WandaVision. Monica is the daughter of Maria Rambeau, who was played by Lashana Lynch in Captain Marvel.
Iman Vellani will star in The Marvels as Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel, Marvel’s first onscreen Muslim superhero. Her casting was confirmed during Disney Investor Day 2020. She will make her first appearance as the character in the upcoming Disney+ series Ms. Marvel, which is set to be released in 2022. The Marvels will pick up after the events of Ms. Marvel.
Zawe Ashton is reportedly playing the villain in The Marvels, according to Deadline. Her casting was announced in February 2021. However, Marvel has yet to confirm the news. The outlet reported that the character Zawe’s playing is unknown, but she is expected to “be the main villain.” Zawe previously starred alongside Marvel stars Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Cox in the Broadway production of Betrayal.
What Will ‘The Marvels’ Be About?
The first trailer from D23 Expo shows Carol, Monica, and Kamala swapping places with each other through portals, which causes the trio to team up and figure out why that’s happening, according to IndieWire. The trailer was only shown to the audience and hasn’t been released online yet.
Brie chatted to the press at D23 Expo and was asked if she’ll continue playing Carol in future MCU projects. “I don’t know, I don’t know. Does anyone want me to do it again?” she told Variety with a shrug. “I don’t know, I really don’t know. I don’t have the answer to that.” Brie was speaking about the sexist criticism she’s received from fans since she joined the MCU.
Fans were surprised that the film was named The Marvels instead of Captain Marvel 2, though it makes sense since the movie features Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel. The Hollywood Reporter noted that the title change could reflect bigger plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Turns out, The Marvels is also a new comic book series and is a “blanket term to describe superpowered characters inside the Marvel Universe, with the series intended to span the past, present and future of the comic book continuity that got its start back in the late 1930s.” Whether this will be reflected in The Marvels movie remains to be seen.
The Marvels comic is a spinoff of a 1994 comic book series titled Marvels. The series is told from the point of view of photojournalist Phil Shelton and retold “major events” in the Marvel universe.
Director Nia DaCosta, who recently helmed the Candyman remake, did tease that The Marvels “deals with specific, personal, sometimes sad things.” She also noted that she’s had “more [freedom]” than anything else she’s worked on.
The movie will be a continuation of Ms. Marvel, so key elements from the Disney+ series will carry over into the film. Since Monica will play a major role in The Marvels, we’ll get to see her interactions with Carol after the death of Maria. Monica’s mother and Carol’s best friend died of cancer between the Snap and the Blip.
“Little Monica had a relationship with Carol Danvers, and we’ll get to see what happens with that relationship, and how or if, it brings them to the present,” Teyonah told Variety. She also added that The Marvels will give fans an “opportunity to further understand who this woman [Monica] is.”
Captain Marvel 2 was first confirmed by Marvel Studios in July 2019 at San Diego Comic Con. Development on the sequel started in 2020. Filming back in August 2021 after numerous delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Production took place at Pinewood Studios in England, Italy, and Los Angeles.
Prior to and during the filming of The Marvels, Brie has been hitting the gym to stay in shape. The Oscar winner announced in January 2021 that she had a home gym built to get ready for the sequel.
In September 2021, Brie posted a video of one of her workouts. “How many pieces of work out equipment does it take to become a super hero? All of them!” she captioned the post.
See you in a year, Carol. ✴️ pic.twitter.com/YkFYR6u1mj
— Brie Larson (@brielarson) February 18, 2022
A few months later in December 2021, Brie posted a photo of a pendant that combine the Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and Photon logos into one. Her caption was simply the release date for The Marvels. Then, in February 2021, Brie posted a photo of her character’s on-set chair and wrote, “See you in a year, Carol.”