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It's true that DC Comics has beat Marvel Studios to the box office with their first female-led superhero blockbuster in the form of 2017's Wonder Woman, but the folks at the House of Ideas truthfully aren't trailing too far behind. As was officially announced in October 2014, the comic book studio is officially moving forward with a Captain Marvel movie.
But while the release date is a long way away, it's easily one of our most anticipated projects of the next few years, and we'll be keeping a very close eye on it. It's for this reason that we've organized this guide, used to keep track of all the latest developments of the Captain Marvel movie. So, where do things currently stand, and what do we know so far? Read on and find out!
What Is Captain Marvel's Release Date?
As far as Marvel Studio's Phase Three slate goes, Captain Marvel sits in an interesting position. While the film was originally announced for release on July 6, 2018, project additions (and the introduction of Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe) led to schedule changes that wound up with the blockbuster having its current March 8, 2019 date. This is a bit odd for the comic book movie studio, as they've never put a feature in March before. What makes the placement more interesting is where it lands within the slate - specifically between the Avengers: Infinity War movies on May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019, respectively.
Why is this significant for Captain Marvel? The Joe and Anthony Russo-directed blockbusters are expected to bring together basically every known character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and there has been some question regarding how Captain Carol Danvers might get caught up in that. Could the hero's introduction to live-action come in Avengers: Infinity War, leaving the Captain Marvel movie to flesh her out? (a la both Black Panther and Spider-Man with Captain America: Civil War and their respective solo titles)? We'll have to wait and find out.
What Is Captain Marvel's Rating?
The MPAA doesn't give ratings to movies until they are just about finished and getting ready for theatrical release, but even with Captain Marvel many months away from release we can already guarantee the film's rating: PG-13. How do we know this? Because every Marvel feature to this point has been rated PG-13, and it's been confirmed by the CEO of Disney that there are no plans to make an R-rated superhero title any time soon.
It make sense for Marvel Studios to stick with PG-13 ratings in general, given that most of the characters from the comics lend themselves to a younger-skewing audience anyway, and Captain Marvel doesn't buck that trend. The blockbuster will surely have moments of intense and thrilling action, and possibly a cuss word or two tossed in for humor, but this movie is going to be made so that it's accessible to audiences of all ages.
Who Is Captain Marvel?
Created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gene Colan, Ms. Marvel (the original name of Captain Marvel) first debuted in Marvel Comics in 1977, but it was nine years before that when readers were introduced to her alter ago, Carol Danvers. While serving as a member of the United States Air Force, she wound up being present during the explosion of a device created by the Kree (an alien race you may remember from Guardians of the Galaxy). As a result of this accident, Danvers' human genes are fused with those of a Kree, and the result is that she gains super powers.
Captain Marvel is super strong, can fly, both absorbs and projects energy, and even has limited precognitive abilities. In addition to her own run of comics, she's also been a part of many different teams and organizations over the years in the Marvel world, including The Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Guardians of the Galaxy.
It's worth noting that the moniker Ms. Marvel has been used by multiple women in Marvel comics -- including Sharon Ventura, Karla Sofen, and, most recently, Kamala Khan, but Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has confirmed that the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first Ms. Marvel will definitely be Carol Danvers.
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