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With its release date not scheduled until 2019, Captain Marvel is still in the earliest stages of development -- and it's why we haven't really heard much about it. We know that Brie Larson will be playing the hero in the upcoming film, and have confirmed it's an origin story, but the movie remains without a director or any officially released materials beyond a logo. That's still the case today, but what is different is that last night I got a special look at Captain Marvel's costume in concept art form -- and I can say with certainty that fans are going to be very pleased.
Prior to the press screening of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 last night, I was invited to a special open house at Marvel Studios headquarters on the Walt Disney Pictures lot in Burbank, California, and it was there that I got a sneak peek at the look of the first live-action Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel. While discussing the process of visual development at the company, a group of reporters including myself got to tour the inside of concept artist Andy Park's office, and it was there that we got our first look at the costume. The great news that all admires of the character will appreciate is that the design looks like it is ripped straight from the recent run of comics (an illustration by Jamie McKelvie is below for reference).
The artwork didn't include Captain Marvel's sash -- instead replacing it with a dark red belt matching her boots, her gloves, and the top of her uniform -- but other than that the look is exactly the one that fans are familiar with. As far as texture goes, the design made the costume look like light armor, featuring a weave similar to what Chris Evans' Captain America wears (it definitely looked like it could stop a bullet). The artwork featured also suggested that the protection will very much come in handy, as one piece showed Brie Larson's Carol Danvers going toe-to-toe with a couple of giant green robots.
It should be noted that the concept art we saw was just that -- concept art (meaning that decisions are open to radical change between now and when a costuming department comes together on the movie). That being said, it's hard not to hope that they move forward with the look, as Andy Park's design is really perfect. Hopefully it won't be too long until the public gets the chance to see what Captain Marvel will look like -- and with both D23 and San Diego Comic-Con coming up in July, that opportunity may be just a few shorts months away.
Marvel Studios currently has Captain Marvel on the release schedule for March 8, 2019 -- which means that filming probably won't start up until the first quarter of next year (late 2017 at the earliest). However, it's one of our most anticipated blockbusters here at CinemaBlend, so be sure to stay tuned for all of the latest news and updates about the film.