The first chapter in the MCU to be led by a female superhero has officially started filming.
Among Marvel‘s ultra exciting line-up of films on the horizon is Captain Marvel, to star Oscar winner Brie Larson in the title role. Set in the ’90s, the film will see Larson playing Carol Danvers, who, as the official synopsis states, “becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.”
A lot of the plot details are, of course, being kept under wraps, but it is known that the narrative will include the alien race Skrulls. Skrulls can shape-shift, so, being set in the 90s, there are a number of fan theories suggesting that this prequel could hold some pretty major reveals. One theory: Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury is a Skrull.
While speculation runs rampant, there have been a few more Captain Marvel announcements that we can lock in as fact. Marvel’s announcement that principal photography had begun also came some an intriguing cast list.
Joining Larson and Jackson in the film is Lee Pace and Djimon Honsou, who played Kree villain Ronan and Ronan’s subordinate Korath, respectively, in Guardians of the Galaxy. Having Ronan and Korath back could suggest that the “two alien races” battling out in Captain Marvel will be the Kree and the Skrulls.
Also on board the film is Clark Gregg, best known as Agent Phil Coulson in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the first phase of the MCU. It appeared Coulson had met his end in The Avengers, but Nick Fury brought him back to life in the ABC series.
The cast also includes Jude Law as Carol Danvers’ mentor Doctor Walter Lawson, aka Mar-Vell, Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn as a still-undisclosed villain, Gemma Chan as Kree Minn-Erva, Lashana Lynch, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte and McKenna Grace.
Directing the film is creative duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who have worked together on features such as Half Nelson, Sugar and It’s Kind of a Funny Story, and TV episodes of The Big C, The Affair and Billions.
Captain Marvel is scheduled to open in the U.S. on March 8, 2019.
Alongside the principal photography start announcement, Marvel also dropped this image of Brie Larson and Brigadier General Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing Commander, during the star’s recent trip to Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada to research her character.
And here’s a look at Larson building that muscle to bring the heroine to life: