It's a very exciting time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Just two movies are left in Phase Three, so the stakes couldn't get much higher. On top of the exciting standoff between the MCU's heroes and Josh Brolin's Thanos, Phase Three saw the shared universe becoming a much more diverse and inclusive place. Black Panther, Ant-Man and The Wasp and Captain Marvel put people of color and women in the spotlight, while the latter will be Marvel's first female-led superhero movie. But DC got ahead of Marvel on that one, as Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman arrived in theaters back in 2017.
Patty Jenkins is hard at work with Wonder Woman 1984, the highly anticipated sequel to her first DC outing. But she is also excited for Captain Marvel to arrive in theaters, and add another complex female hero to the genre. In fact, she took the time to congratulate the cast and crew ahead of the film's release, sharing some awesome crossover art in the process.
Nothing to see here. Just two massively powerful superheroes flying together, and blurring the lines between DC and Marvel's never ending rivalry. Now that's the crossover we all need to see.
Patty Jenkins didn't receive an early screener of Captain Marvel, and according to her Tweet, she's going to have to go to the theaters like the rest of us to see Carol Danver's highly anticipated origin story. In fact, she's apparently seeing Marvel's latest blockbuster with the cast and crew of Wonder Woman 1984. So while the box office performance between the first Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel will likely be compared by the trades, Jenkins doesn't seem to be feeling competitive with Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's Marvel debut.
The pressure associated with Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman are quite different, but expectations for both blockbusters was sky high ahead of their release. Wonder Woman was DC's first critical success, as well as being the first time the title character was adapted for the silver screen. The movie ultimately delivered, and proved that Warner Bros. could craft a well-executed comic book blockbuster.
Meanwhile, Captain Marvel is pressured with breaking new ground for the MCU, and expanding the backstories of beloved characters like Nick Fury and Phil Coulson. It's also the final installment before the last decade and change of filmmaking collides with Avengers: Endgame. As such, Captain Marvel is expected to go higher, faster, and further.