Marvel Studios is gearing up for its triumphant return to theaters this July with the ever-delayed Black Widow movie. To welcome fans back to the MCU, Marvel released a video celebrating the best moments from Marvel movie history and revealed some of what is to come in Marvel’s Phase 4 – including exciting new details for the upcoming Captain Marvel sequel.
It’s officially coming to theaters on November 11, 2022 – a fact that had been previously leaked. And we now know that Captain Marvel 2’s official title will be The Marvels. This is a perfect title for a film that has been previously described as a miniature Avengers film. And its title card hints at the larger team that will be coming together by integrating symbols from Monica Rambeau and Kamala Khan’s superhero costumes, the “A” for Spectrum, and the “S” from Ms. Marvel.
The upcoming sequel to the first female superhero-led film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be written by WandaVision writer Megan McDonnell and directed by Little Woods’ (2018) Nia DaCosta. DaCosta is the first black woman to direct an MCU movie. And it will move past the origin story fans say in the first Captain Marvel film starring Oscar winner Brie Larson and give us even more powerful female characters.
Who Will Be In The Marvels
Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) is set to be joined by a whole team of characters and will take place in the present day. Most exciting is the list of characters who will join Captain Marvel. This includes Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) from WandaVision, who was just as pumped as the rest of the Marvel fans when the title was revealed, saying “let’s go” in her Instagram stories.
For those who do not remember where we last left Monica – she helped Wanda Maximoff/ Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) through her grief at losing the love of her life Vision (Paul Bettany). To this end, Monica entered Wanda’s Hex multiple times, which gave her superpowers.
While WandaVision did not delve much into Monica’s powers, in the comics her powers range from intangibility to energy manipulation. Monica Rambeau goes by many names in Marvel Comics including Spectrum, Photon, and she was Captain Marvel before Carol Danvers ever was.
Also joining the film will be Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan/ Ms. Marvel. Her new Disney+ original series will be airing sometime later this year. Kamala Khan is an Inhuman with the ability to manipulate the size, shape, and appearance of her body. She was inspired to become a hero after watching Captain Marvel save the world.
Not much is known about Ms. Marvel or where it will leave its title character. Though her Ms. Marvel costume was recently leaked, and it looks like the series will keep her close to her comic book origins. She is probably just as excited as MCU fans are to join forces with Carol Danvers in The Marvels.
Jude Law is also returning as Yon-Rogg alongside a rumored Clive Owen-type, who will be playing his brother. The speculation is that while Yon-Rogg will start out the film as a villain he may join forces with Captain Marvel against a new main villain played by Zawe Ashton (Netflix’s Velvet Buzzsaw).
Though who Ashton is playing remains unconfirmed. Theories include Karla Sogen AKA Moonstone or the Shi’ar queen, Cal’syee Neramani, AKA Deathbird. The villain most likely will be someone of an Avenger-level threat like Thanos (Josh Brolin) who Captain Marvel nearly defeated in Avengers: Endgame (2019). If Carol Danvers is going to need all the help that she can get.
Who Else is Rumored to Appear
Ever since the Nova Corps showed up in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), is that Nova will show up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at some point. It has been speculated that the human rocket (either Richard Rider, Sam Alexander, or both) may play a part in The Marvels.
Since the Nova Corps are essentially the Marvel universe’s space police, and we know that Captain Marvel has been spending time out in space solving problems on worlds that do not have their own team of Avengers. It seems logical that she might have a run-in with the Nova Corps at some point.
Another unconfirmed rumor is The Marvels will introduce Blue Marvel AKA Adam Brashear. Blue Marvel can absorb and manipulate anti-matter, which he can use to create energy blasts. There was a casting call for a character that fit his description back in March and one unsubstantiated leak has Star Wars’s John Boyega in this role.
Blue Marvel is an engineer who once saved Spectrum’s life. So many speculated he could have been Monica Rambeau’s engineer friend back in WandaVision. It would be a shame to have The Marvels without him. He even has a history of working with SWORD, which is sure to play a role in the upcoming Captain Marvel sequel.
It has not been confirmed if Samuel L. Jackson will return as SHIELD Director Nick Fury or if Ben Mendelsohn’s Skrull Talos will appear. They will busy in the upcoming Secret Invasion series coming to Disney + either late 2022 or early 2023. The timing suggests that neither character will join Captain Marvel’s new team of super-powered marvels.
The Marvels should not be confused with the Marvel Comics series of the same name. The Marvels comic centers on a wide range of comic book characters including Avengers, the Punisher, and X-Men. Written by Kurt Busiek it is described as “the most sprawling series to ever hit the Marvel Universe and is a sequel to a series from 1995. Notably, neither feature any of the characters set to show up in the movie.
If you want an actual comic book that might inspire some events of The Marvels take a look at The Ultimates. The 2015 run of The Ultimates brought together Blue Marvel, Captain Marvel, Spectrum, and Miss America. Xochitl Gomez, who will debut as America Chavez in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is rumored to make a cameo – perhaps to team up with Ms. Marvel and set up the Young Avengers.
Other rumors for The Marvels include that it will set up a future A-Force film, involving a team of all-female Avengers organized by SWORD. But not much is known about the plot of The Marvels yet so check back when more news is released.
Let us known in the comments below if you are existed for The Marvels to hit theaters next November!