While the Wonder Woman film from Warner Bros. has endured a setback with the loss of director Michelle MacLaren, the other major superhero film featuring a female character at its center is getting ready to take a solid step toward its production.
According to Variety, Marvel Studios is circling writers Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LaFauve (Inside Out) to take a pass at the film’s screenplay. While a director or lead actress has yet to be found, the film has already been slotted as part of “Phase Three” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and has a release date of July 6th, 2018. While release dates can change, as evidenced most recently by the change to Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Marvel has generally stuck pretty close to the dates that they’ve announced years ahead of time, and there hasn’t been any reason for analysts to believe that this film won’t hit its intended release date.
Captain Marvel is expected to tell the story of Carol Danvers, a character that — in the comics — has been known by multiple monikers. Starting in 2012, she became the current Captain Marvel, the bearer of a mantle that is filled with a great deal of legacy in Marvel Comics history. Containing powers of flight, superhuman strength, speed, agility, and energy projection, Captain Marvel is the product of an accident fusing her human DNA with the alien species the Kree, causing her to gain superhuman abilities. The Kree have already made their presence felt in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For instance, in the first season of “Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” it was revealed that the bodily fluids culled from a Kree corpse were influential in bringing back the mortally wounded Agent Phil Coulson, who was stabbed through the heart by Loki during the events of The Avengers.
The Kree are also expected to play a major role in the upcoming Inhumans film, which will also be released by Marvel Studios in July of 2019. This is expected to be an interesting development as time goes on, and although the release date is over four years away, this is likely a project that will generate a lot of interest. For more on Captain Marvel as it takes place, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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