- A “Captain Marvel” sequel is in the works, with Brie Larson reprising her role as the titular hero.
- “WandaVision” star Teyonah Parris will appear as Monica Rambeau in the film.
- “The Marvels” will be directed by Nia DaCosta and is currently set for release on July 28, 2023.
“Captain Marvel 2,” titled “The Marvels,” will follow the success of the Marvel character’s first standalone film in March 2019 and her appearance in “Avengers: Endgame” later that year — both of which surpassed $1 billion at the box office.
The film will be directed by “Candyman” remake director Nia DaCosta.
Here’s what we know about the highly anticipated sequel, so far.
Teyonah Parris will return as the grown-up version of Monica Rambeau
Young Monica was first introduced in the MCU in “Captain Marvel,” which was set in the ’90s. She’s the daughter of Maria Rambeau, Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers’ best friend.
Parris became a fan-favorite when she made her debut as the older version of Monica on “WandaVision.” The series, set after the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” revealed several things about Monica and her family.
Fans learned that Maria founded and became the director of S.W.O.R.D.
It was also revealed that Maria was diagnosed with cancer and Monica was one of the victims of Thanos’ “Infinity War” snap. When Monica returned five years later, her mom had already died.
Comments made by Monica on “WandaVision” have alluded to some tension between her and Carol Danvers.
During episode five, Monica, Jimmy Woo, and Darcy Lewis had a discussion about Wanda’s powers and who’s actually the strongest Avenger. Specifically, they discussed how the superheroes stacked up to villain Thanos.
Monica said that Wanda “could have taken Thanos out on her own if he hadn’t initiated the blitz. Nobody else came close.”
When Jimmy countered that Captain Marvel “came close,” Monica’s disposition changed and she didn’t want to discuss the character further.
“We are not talking about her, we are talking about Wanda,” she said.
Another small mention of Captain Marvel was made by S.W.O.R.D. director Tyler Hayward during episode six. While chiding Monica for being sympathetic toward Wanda, he told her that she’s “become an impediment to this mission, constantly advocating on behalf of superpowered individuals.”
“Yes, I know your history with Carol Danvers,” he added.
In June 2021, Parris confirmed to Variety that fans will learn about what caused the divide between them in the “Captain Marvel” sequel.
“Little Monica had a relationship with Carol Danvers, and we’ll get to see what happens with that relationship, and how or if, it brings them to the present,” Parris said.
Monica also developed powers of her own on the show. It’s unclear if repeated entrances into Wanda’s hex caused her to become superpowered, or if she already had these abilities and they were latent until the Scarlet Witch’s powers triggered them.
In the comics, Monica took on several identities: Photon, Pulsar, and Spectrum. She even became the second Captain Marvel.
The “WandaVision” finale also included a scene that set up Monica’s appearance in “The Marvels”
During the mid-credits scene, Monica met with an agent in an empty movie theater in Westview. The agents transformed into a Skrull (a shapeshifter) and told Monica, “I was sent by an old friend of your mother’s. He heard you’ve been grounded. He’d like to meet with you.”
When Monica asked where she was going to meet this person, the Skrull pointed to the sky. Monica then smiled, and the scene ended.
It’s unclear who the Skrull was referring to, but it’s likely that the person who wants to see Monica is Nick Fury. He was last seen in space at the end of 2019’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”
‘Ms. Marvel’ star Iman Vellani will be part of the cast, along with Samuel L. Jackson
Vellani, a rising star from Canada, will make her debut as 16-year-old Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel in a standalone series headed to Disney+ in summer 2o22.
The Pakistani-American character hails from Jersey City, and “Ms. Marvel” will explore her love for superheroes like Captain Marvel and how her life changes when she gets powers of her own.
A sizzle reel released in December 2020 as part of Disney Investor Day showed the first footage of “Ms. Marvel” and stated that characters from the series are “going to be part of the wider MCU.”
In August 2021, Jackson confirmed his return as Nick Fury by posting a photo on Instagram of his character’s facial hair with the caption: “Guess what time it is! Back in the box, just in The Nick of time!”
‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ actress Zawe Ashton will reportedly play a villain
Ashton already has a Marvel connection, having previously starred in a Broadway revival of “Betrayal” opposite Loki actor Tom Hiddleston and “Daredevil” star Charlie Cox.
Coincidentally, she dressed as Captain Marvel while celebrating Halloween with her “Betrayal” costars in 2019.
The cast revealed more details at Disney’s D23 Expo in September 2022
The first trailer for “The Marvel” was shown exclusively for those in attendance at Marvel Studios’ presentation on September 10.
Larson said that it was nice to have a team this time around and in a sizzle reel, DaCosta promised that the film will be “full comic book madness.”
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Larson said that fans will “get to see a new side of Carol, where she has to learn to relinquish some of the control and realize that she makes mistakes and she needs support.”
“It’s the beginning of this new phase for her,” she added.
Meanwhile, Parris told Deadline: “Between ‘WandaVision’ and ‘The Marvels,’ we really get to fully realize Monica’s origin story here in the MCU.”
‘The Marvels’ is set for release on July 28, 2023
In an interview for SiriusXM’s “The Jess Cagle Show,” Larson played coy about the premise of the movie and said that there’s “so much going on, a lot of really juicy things happening that I cannot say a word about.”
In another SiriusXM interview, the actress teased the scope of “The Marvels” by saying: “I’m in sets that are bigger than you can imagine right now. It’s really special.”
With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to affect productions, it’s possible that the release date for “The Marvels” and other Marvel projects will get pushed back.