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It's an exciting time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Every single film in Phase Three has been a critical and box office success, and the entire shared universe is coming to a head with Infinity War and the untitled Avengers 4 movie. Additionally, female heroes are finally about to get their day, as Ant-Man & The Wasp and Captain Marvel will be the first female-led films in the MCU. The latter will star Room's Brie Larson as the title character, and will also bring the long awaited return of Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury. The actor recently teased what to expect from his character, and how the 90s setting will bring a different type of Nick Fury.
But we're going back now, and I meet Captain Marvel in more of an origin story. You'll see Nick Fury with another guy's face, somebody that's got two eyes, so that's a whole big deal. You'll see. It's prior to the eye injury, no eye patch.
Samuel L. Jackon's comments to The AV Club seem to indicate we'll finally see what Nick Fury looks like without the cycloptic eyepatch he's been rocking since his debut in Iron Man. Instead, we'll meet a younger and whole SHIELD leader, and it should be interesting to see if his characterization is different this time around. Is he wide eyed (lol) and psyched to meet Carol Danvers? And will Marvel use de-aging CGI to shave years off of Jackson's face? We'll just have to wait and see.
Fans have been calling for Nick Fury's return to the MCU for years, as he was last seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron. He was noticeably missing from the conflict of Captain America: Civil War, which was a bit odd. Additionally, Samuel L. Jackson has already admitted his frustration that he wasn't included in Ryan Coogler's Black Panther. Jackson has claimed Fury should have been included in the first black superhero movie, as he entered the MCU in the very first film at all.
Overall, anticipation for Captain Marvel has remained high, despite having little to no information about the upcoming blockbuster. Brie Larson's casting absolutely stunned audiences, and they've been hoping that she might show up before her titular solo movie. Many fans are predicting she pops up in Avengers: Infinity War, as her time in the cosmos would presumably prepare her for the upcoming battle against Josh Brolin's Thanos. Unfortunately, we're just going to have to wait and see.
Captain Marvel seems like its taking a few pages from DC's Wonder Woman. Putting her solo movie a few decades in the past will allow her origin story and solo film to be capsulated, and not have to worry about its implications for the greater shared universe. And with fan favorites like Nick Fury joining her for the film, there's no reason why Marvel's first female led film won't be a wild success.
Captain Marvel will arrive in theaters March 8th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your trips to the movies this year, and check out Black Panther on February 16th, 2018.