Apart from some notable exceptions, Marvel movies have tended to arrive in a convenient chronological order that's pretty easy to follow.
Not so with Captain Marvel, which will be set in the 1990s – de-aging and resurrecting a few familiar faces along the way.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently gave some insight as to why the Brie Larson-starring movie is taking a leap back in time.
"The answer is, you'll see in the storytelling of the movie," he told Toronto Sun. "But it allows us to play in an area that we have never played in before and tapping into a '90s action genre was fun for us and being able to see an earlier part of the MCU before Nick Fury knew anything about aliens or anything about super-powered people, and also tapping into the Kree-Skrull War, which in the comics was a huge part of the comic mythology, seemed like a fun thing to try and a fun way to give Carol Danvers her own standalone origin story."
The 'Kree-Skrull War' is a classic Avengers storyline that sees the two titular alien races... well... go to war.
Carol Danvers – aka Captain Marvel – has links to the Kree, who were indirectly responsible for her gaining her powers.
The shapeshifting Skrulls – who have been speculated to make an appearance since as far back as Avengers – will make their MCU debut in Captain Marvel. Assuming they didn't infiltrate Earth ages ago without any of us noticing.
Samuel L Jackson (Nick Fury), Djimon Hounsou (Korath), Lee Pace (Ronan) and Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson) will return in the movie, with Ben Mendelsohn, Gemma Chan and Jude Law among the new additions to the MCU.
Captain Marvel will be released on March 8, 2019.
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