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Carol Danvers in the cockpit

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been on a serious roll during Phase Three, as every new release has been a critical and box office success. There are still two more blockbusters left in this phase, so the pressure on for the studio to deliver a clean sweep. While Avengers: Endgame will no doubt be a juggernaut at theaters given the high stakes and events of Infinity War, it was unclear just how much of a presence Captain Marvel would have, given the brand new protagonist.

But it looks like Captain Marvel will be another serious moneymaker for Marvel Studios, as its tracking for a strong performance when it arrives in a matter of weeks. Box office predictions have the opening weekend above $100 million, and now Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's MCU debut is already among the universe's highest pre-sales on Fandango.

At the time of writing Captain Marvel is the Marvel's third biggest pre-seller on Fandango, behind Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther. Considering both of those movies featured characters that moviegoers knew and love, this is particularly significant. Carol Danvers hasn't been seen on the silver screen yet, but that's not stopping Captain Marvel from selling tons of tickets in advance, as fans will clamor to theaters to see the penultimate installment of Phase Three.

Indeed, Captain Marvel's pre-sales are outperforming most origin stories that have hit theaters recently, from from both DC and Fox's X-Men franchise. Fandango reports that Captain Marvel is sitting just below Black Panther's pre-sale numbers. And it's beating out the likes of Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Deadpool in the process. Carol Danvers will be going higher, further, faster, and now it seems that her movie's box office performance may be following suit.

Anticipation for Captain Marvel has been steadily growing for years, as Brie Larson was announced to be playing the title character back in 2016, fresh after winning an Academy Award for her emotional performance in Room. So it's been years of waiting and hoping for information, as Marvel Studios kept its cards close to the chest, as per usual. This made the first images and trailers especially exciting, along with the myriad familiar faces that are set to appear.

While Carol Danvers is a new character for Marvel fans, there are quite a few characters making resurgences in Captain Marvel. Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg are reprising their roles as Nick Fury and Agent Coulson respectively, being digitally de-aged for the 90's set story. Additionally, Guardians of the Galaxy characters Ronan The Accuser and Korath will also be appearing in significant roles, making Captain Marvel is super connected to what we've seen from Marvel.

Then there's Brie Larson's upcoming role in Avengers: Endgame, and Nick Fury's call to her during Infinity War's post-credits scene. Captain Marvel is set up to be a big gun in the upcoming battle against Thanos, and Captain Marvel will no doubt feature its own juicy credits scene to keep us guessing.

Captain Marvel will finally hit theaters on March 8th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.