It appears Captain Marvel will not be a traditional origin story after all.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the film will begin with Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) already in space with her powers. She’ll also be part of the Kree Starforce under the command of Jude Law’s still unnamed character. But the adventure will bring her back to Earth in the 1990s and establish her connection with “desk-jockey” Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and at least a few other characters while the Skrulls — who have finally been confirmed — make their way toward the planet. The cast also includes Clark Gregg reprising his role as Phillip J. Coulson with Djimon Hounsou and Lee Pace also returning as their Guardians of the Galaxy roles of Korath the Pursuer and Ronan the Accuser. MCU newcomer Ben Mendelshohn plays Skrull leader Talos as Gemma Chan also joins the universe as Minn-Erva. Lashana Lynch will also appear as Maria Rambeau, Carol’s best friend in the Air Force with the callsign “Photon.”
Co-director Anna Boden told the site that part of Carol’s appeal is her messiness. “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,” she explained.
Meanwhile, EW’s upcoming cover featuring Larson as the character puts to rest fears Captain Marvel would not appear in her traditional color scheme. Early paparazzi shots from the set saw Larson wearing a costume in Kree colors, leading to a small dose of outrage. With our new understanding of the film’s structure, it is clear she will return to Earth and change her color scheme at some point.
The film, directed by Boden and Ryan Fleck, is due out on March 8th, 2019.