Captain Marvel is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck and produced by Kevin Feige. It is the twenty-first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series. The screenplay was written by Anna Boden, Lili Qadriana, Ryan Fleck, Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Jac Schaeffer, while the story was written by Nicole Perlman, Joe Schrapnel and Anna Waterhouse based on the comic Carol Danvers by Roy Thomas and Gene Colan. The film stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg and Jude Law.
Development of the film began in May 2013. The film was officially announced in October 2014 as Marvel Studios’ first female-led superhero film. Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve were hired as the writing team the following April after submitting the characters separately. The story borrows elements from Roy Thomas’s 1971 comic book storyline “Kree – Skrull War”. Larson was announced as Danvers at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, with Boden and Fleck hired to direct in April 2017. Location shooting began in January 2018, with principal photography beginning in March in California before ending in Louisiana in July 2018. Jackson and Gregg — which, among other things, reprise their roles from previous MCU films — digitally dispensed with in post-production to mirror the film’s 1990s setting.
Captain Marvel premiered in London on February 27, 2019, and was theatrically released in the United States on March 8. The film grossed over $1.1 billion worldwide, making it the first female-led superhero film to surpass the billion-dollar mark. It ranks as the fifth highest-grossing film of 2019, and is the ninth highest-grossing superhero film and the 22nd highest-grossing film overall. The film received praise for the performance of the cast, especially Larson. A sequel is in development.
In 1995, on the capital planet of the Kree Empire, Hala, members of Starforce Vers suffer from amnesia and recurring nightmares involving an older woman. Yon-Rogg, his mentor and commander, trains him to control his abilities while Supreme Intelligence, the artificial intelligence that governs the Kree, urges him to control his emotions.
During a mission to rescue a secret agent who infiltrated a group of Skrulls, the fickle aliens with whom the Kree fought, Vers was captured by the Skrull commander, Talos. An investigation of Vers’ memories leads them to Earth. Vers escapes and crashes-land in Los Angeles. His presence appealed to S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Nick Fury and Phil Coulson, whose investigations are interrupted by a Skrull attack. In the ensuing chase, Vers recovers a crystal containing extracted memories while Fury kills a Skrull disguised as Coulson. Talos, disguised as Fury Keller’s boss, orders Fury to work with Vers and keep an eye on him.
Using his extracted memories, Vers and Fury head to the Project Pegasus installation at a US Air Force base. They discovered Vers was a pilot who was thought to have died in 1989 while testing an experimental jet engine designed by Dr. Wendy Lawson, whom Vers recognizes as the woman from his nightmares. After Fury informs S.H.I.E.L.D. from their location, a team led by Talos disguised as Keller arrives. Fury discovers Talos’s ruse and helps Vers escape on a cargo jet with Goose, Lawson’s black cat. They fly to Louisiana to meet former pilot Maria Rambeau, the last person to see Vers and Lawson alive.
Rambeau and his daughter Monica reveal that Vers is Carol Danvers, who used to be like family to them. Talos, who arrives unarmed, explains that the Skrulls are refugees looking for a new home and Lawson is Mar-Vell, a rebellious Kree scientist who helps them. Talos plays recovered footage from Lawson’s jet, prompting Danvers to remember the crash: Lawson was killed by Yon-Rogg to prevent him from destroying the engine before the Kree could recover him. Destroying the machine himself, Danvers absorbs the energy from the ensuing explosion, gaining power but losing his memory.
Danvers, Talos, Fury, and Rambeau discover Lawson’s cloak laboratory orbiting Earth, where Lawson hides several Skrulls, including the Talos family, and the Tesseract, Lawson’s machine resource. There, Danvers is captured by Starforce and interacts with Supreme Intelligence. During their conversation, Danvers removed the Kree implant that suppressed his powers, allowing him to reach his full potential. In the ensuing battle, Fury takes on Goose, who is revealed to be an alien Flerken. Goose swallowed the Tesseract and scratched his fur, blinding him with one eye. Danvers destroys the Kree bombers, forcing Kree officer Ronan the Accuser and his squadron to retreat, before defeating Yon-Rogg on Earth and sending him back to Hala with a warning to Supreme Intelligence.
anvers goes to help the Skrulls find a new home world, leaving the modified Fury pager to contact him in an emergency. Meanwhile, Fury devises an initiative to find heroes like Danvers, naming him after the Air Force’s call sign, “Avengers”. In a mid-credits scene, set in 2018, the activated pager is being monitored by the Avengers when Danvers appears. In a post-credits scene, Goose climbs onto Fury’s desk and regurgitates the Tesseract.
- Brie Larson as Carol Danvers / Vers / Captain Marvel :
A former U.S. An Air Force fighter pilot and member of an elite Kree military unit called Starforce whose DNA was altered during an accident, giving him superhuman strength, energy projection, and flight. Larson described Danvers as “a believer in truth and justice” and “a bridge between Earth and space”, who had to balance his “unemotional” Kree side of “an incredible warrior” with his “disabled” half-human being ” The thing he ended up leading.
- Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury:
The future director of S.H.I.E.L.D., who is currently a low-level bureaucrat. Fury appears without his trademark blindfold during the filming before he loses his eye. Feige explains that Danvers was the first superhero Fury met, which puts him on a path to where the character is in a modern MCU film/
- Ben Mendelsohn as Talos / Keller :
The shapeshifting leader of the Earth Skrull invasion, working undercover in S.H.I.E.L.D. as Fury’s boss, Keller. Mendelsohn described Talos’ human personality as “buttoned” compared to the “more relaxed” Skrull personality. Mendelsohn distinguished between the two by using an American accent inspired by former United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for human disguises, and his native Australian accent for Talos; the latter was chosen, after “long discussion”, because of what Mendelsohn called the “truth of the earth.” The makeup and prosthetics needed to depict Talos took “a few hours” to apply.
- Jude Law as Yon-Rogg :
Commander of Starforce and Danvers, who trained him to use his new powers. Law says his character “is driven by belief in the divine leadership of the Kree people. So he’s almost a devout warrior — no doubt, conservative, but inspirational.” Law also stated that his character has a special relationship with Danvers, whom he views as a protégé, which is a source of tension in the film with the other Starforce members.
- Annette Bening as Supreme Intelligence / Dr. Wendy Lawson / Mar-Vell :
Artificial intelligence that is the collective embodiment of the greatest minds of the Kree people, and the rulers of the Kree Empire. Great Intelligence comes in different forms for everyone, especially as Dr. Wendy Lawson to Vers. Jude Law states that each member of the Starforce has a “special relationship” with the Supreme Intelligence, and that his character has a “feeling of divine purpose because of his connection to this greater being”.
- Djimon Hounsou as Korath :
Kree swordsman and number two commander of Starforce. Hounsou explains that Korath is “in his infancy” in the film compared to his performance in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), but “is still a humorless machine.
- Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser :
A high ranking Kree official. Compared to his appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy, Ronan is not yet a “radical fanatic”, with his role in the Kree military intersecting with Starforce “in an interesting way”.
- Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau:
One of Danvers’ oldest friends and fellow Air Force pilots who uses the “Photon” call sign. She is a single mother to daughter Monica. Lynch described Rambeau as “tough” and someone “who you don’t feel you need to help out with”. Larson called Rambeau a “representation of love” in the film and “an incredible bastard”. He described the friendship between Danvers and Rambeau as equal, with “playful competitiveness [and] mutual respect”.
- Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva :
Kree sniper and Starforce member. Chan explained that Minn-Erva was the “star of Starforce” before Danvers joined the team and was “a bit threatened by the others who have come and are also very talented.
- Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson:
Startup agent from S.H.I.E.L.D. who worked with Fury. Gregg stated that Coulson would be younger in the film and “a bit of a new guy in SHIELD… It’s the earliest we’re going to see him [in the MCU], so when he said, ‘Mr. Stark, this isn’t On my first rodeo in Iron Man (2008), this is probably the rodeo he’s talking about.” He felt “there was something very special about going back to the early days when [Coulson] was just about to emerge from the lineup” and had to work on describing Coulson as “a little less crusty and jaded” because he was present in the MCU.
Additionally, Algenis Pérez Soto and Rune Temte play Att-Lass and Bron-Char, respectively, both members of Starforce; Att-Lass is the team’s sniper, while Bron-Char is “a bigger, stronger man who fights with his fists”. Monica Rambeau appears as Princess Maria, , played by Akira Akbar at the age of eleven, while Azari Akbar portrays her as a five-year-old child. Sharon Blynn portrays Soren, Talos’ wife. Robert Kazinsky appears as a biker nicknamed “The Don”. Vik Sahay plays Torfan. Chuku Modu depicts Soh-Larr. Colin Ford appears as Danvers’ brother Steve, while Kenneth Mitchell plays their father. Comic book Danvers, the cat Chewie (named for the Star Wars character Chewbacca) appears in the film, renamed Goose for the Top Gun (1986) character Nick “Goose” Bradshaw, and depicted by four different cats, Reggie, Archie, Rizzo. and Gonzo. Each cat is selected based on their actions and personalities.
As of May 2013, the Marvel Studios writing room had produced a script for a film featuring Ms. Marvel, the alias used by Carol Danvers’ character before she took on the mantle of Captain Marvel. Later that year, executive producer Louis D’Esposito said the studio was interested in female-driven superhero films and had plenty of “strong female characters” from which to choose, suggesting Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Pepper Potts, or Peggy Carter as good candidates. allow. Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, said that if Marvel wanted to make a female-led film, he would prefer it to be a new character than a Marvel Cinematic Universe like Captain Marvel, to whom the original story could be told. In August 2014, Feige stated that development had begun on the Captain Marvel film, and said that the public was asking about the project more often than Iron Man 4 or Avengers: Infinity War.
Marvel hired Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck to direct Captain Marvel in April 2017, after the two impressed the studio during many encounters with their vision for the character and because of their experience working in television and film. Feige said he and Marvel were very impressed with Boden and Fleck’s ability to create a variety of character-driven stories in all of their work. Feige felt the film should focus on the complexity and interconnectedness of Carol Danvers’ character without being hampered by villains and special effects, and thought that Boden and Fleck could provide this character focus. Filming was scheduled to begin in January 2018, at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia, but Feige said he didn’t expect to start until February.
The set took place in late January 2018. Photos taken at that time show Larson in a green and black uniform instead of the character’s familiar red and blue suit. Feige responded by saying that Marvel accepted the risk of set photos leaking as a result of location shooting, and felt that “most people are savvy enough to know they’re looking at photos behind the scenes, completely out of context.” He added that a large number of scenes in the film will be picked up on site.
Additional photography was confirmed to have begun via set photos in late November 2018. With the release of the theatrical poster in early December, Marvel revealed that writing teams Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse had been working on the film’s story, while Jac Schaeffer contributed to the film’s screenplay. Schaeffer was previously hired by Marvel to write Black Widow (2020). Bening and Law’s roles were officially confirmed in February 2019 as Supreme Intelligence and Yon-Rogg.
Visual effects for this film were created with Animal Logic, Cantina Creative, Digital Domain, Framestore, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Lola VFX, Luma Pictures, Rise, Rising Sun Pictures, Scanline VFX, Trixter, and Elastic, with Lola VFX working on de-aging from Jackson and Gregg.
Captain Marvel premieres in London on February 27, 2019, and in Hollywood on March 4. The Hollywood premiere includes a flyover by the United States Air Force Thunderbirds in honor of Thunderbirds pilot Major Stephen Del Bagno, who consulted with Larson on the film before dying in a training accident in April 2018. The film was released in IMAX and 3D, in the United States on March 8, to coincide with International Women’s Day. It was originally scheduled for release on July 6 2018, but in February 2015 it was moved to November 2, 2018 to make room for Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), and in October 2015 pushed to a late March 2019 date for Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018). . the film was delayed in Pakistan for four weeks . At the time, Disney’s South Asia division, headquartered in India, had not granted Pakistan the rights to distribute it. Online commentators have speculated that this is due to ongoing Indo-Pakistani tensions, but Disney South Asia chief Nadeem Mandviwalla called these claims “baseless”.
Captain Marvel will be the first film that Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has distributed not to stream on Netflix, after Disney decided to let their licensing agreement with Netflix expire, and is intended to be the first theatrical Disney release to stream exclusively on Disney+. It was released on digital download by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on May 28, 2019, and on Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD on June 11. The digital and Blu-ray releases include behind-the-scenes features, deleted scenes, and joke reels.
Captain Marvel earned $426.8 million in the United States and Canada, and $701.4 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $1.128 billion. It had a worldwide opening of $456.7 million, the sixth-largest of all time. Deadline Hollywood estimates the film has a total production and advertising cost of $300 million, and estimates that it will break even by hitting $750 million in its first week. It is the fifth-highest-grossing film of 2019. On April 2, 2019, it surpassed the $1 billion mark worldwide, becoming the first female-led superhero film to do so, as well as the seventh Marvel title, the 19th Disney film, and the film. 38th overall.
The first 24 hours of advance ticket sales, which began on January 7, 2019, the film ranked third on Fandango for the MCU film, behind Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther, and second on Atom Tickets, behind Infinity War. According to Fandango, Captain Marvel had the third-largest forward ticket sales of any MCU film, behind Infinity War and Black Panther, and surpassing Wonder Woman and Aquaman (2018) during the same time period. The film earned $61.4 million on its first day, including $20.7 million from Thursday night previews, which is the fifth-highest total for a Marvel film and the second-highest for a March release behind Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). It earned $153.4 million during its opening weekend, the MCU’s third-best March opening and seventh-highest.
The film remained the first over its second weekend with $69.3 million, the second-highest second weekend in March behind Beauty and the Beast (2017). The film grossed $35.2 million in its third weekend, dropping to second behind Us. In the following weeks he dropped to third, fifth, sixth, and fourth, before climbing to second again in the eighth weekend with the release of Avengers: Endgame.
Review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes reports a 78% approval rating with an average score of 6.8/10, based on 498 reviews. The website’s critical consensus reads, “Packed with action, humor, and visual excitement, Captain Marvel introduces the newest MCU heroes with origin stories that make effective use of the franchise’s signature formula.” Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 64 out of 100 based on 55 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”. According to The New York Times, the film’s overall reception was “quite positive”, but it was not as well received as other films in the MCU. The Hindustan Times noted the praise it received for Brie Larson’s performance but also criticism for the film’s “convoluted plot and lack of originality.
In February 2019, Larson expressed interest in including the character Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel in the sequel; Feige previously said he had plans to introduce Khan to the MCU after the release of Captain Marvel. The following month, Feige said he had a “pretty awesome” idea for a Captain Marvel sequel. Feige added that a possible sequel could explore the time gap between the end of this film and Danvers’ next appearance in Avengers: Endgame. Lashana Lynch expressed interest in reprising her role as Maria Rambeau in such an ocean