We have plenty of info on the three MCU films that are expected to premiere this 2018, so let’s take a peek at some new tidbits about the installments coming out next year (being in January, it does feel like a long time). Here’s a new development for Captain Marvel.
Starring Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/the titular Captain Marvel, the film is a prequel chronological-wise to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies barring Captain America: The First Avenger. Set in the 1990s, it’s being fleshed out as a cosmic adventure with Marvel comic-book alien races in prominent roles.
The movie also serves as an origin or background story of sorts for a Marvel character we haven’t seen in the MCU since Avengers: Age of Ultron. That’s right; actor Samuel L. Jackson makes a return after several years to reprise the role of Nick Fury, but younger and “different”.
How different? Let’s hear it from Jackson himself. “I meet Captain Marvel in more of an origin story,” He says. “You’ll see Nick Fury with another guy’s face, somebody that’s got two eyes, so that’s a whole big deal. You’ll see. It’s prior to the eye injury, no eye patch.”
As we learned from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Fury uses an eye-patch to cover up his scarred left eye. The blind eyeball itself is still intact however, and he muses how he lost his sight there because he made a mistake trusting somebody. That ties into Captain Marvel’s plot.
It’s been revealed that the possible antagonists for Larson’s main character are the alien Skrulls, green-skinned humanoid extra-terrestrials with the power to shape-shift. Obliquely, it could hint that Jackson’s Fury might lose his eye to a disguised Skrull in Captain Marvel, which would explain his later aloof and untrusting nature.
From an acting standpoint, Samuel L. Jackson is happy at being able to perform without the patch, saying how he had trouble reading script lines on set with it on. It’s also likely he’ll get some movie magic to age him down to how he might look in the 90s.
Captain Marvel is directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden from a script by Geneva Roberston-Dworet. It will premiere on March of 2019, only two months before Avengers 4, which might possibly conclude the storyline of Avengers: Infinity War this May, and has already wrapped principal photography early this year.