Captain Marvel is a 2019 American superhero film based on Marvel Comics with the character Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the 21st film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
The film was written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, and Geneva Robertson-Dworet also contributed to the script. Brie Larson plays Carol Danvers, alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law. Set in 1995, the story follows Danvers as she becomes Captain Marvel after Earth is caught at the center of a galactic conflict between two alien civilizations.
Development on the film began in May 2013. It was officially announced in October 2014 as Marvel Studios’ first female-led superhero film.
Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve were hired to write the film the following April after presenting separate shots of the character, and borrowed elements from Roy Thomas’ comic book “Kree-Skrull War” storyline from 1971. Larson was announced as Danvers at the San Diego Comic-Con 2016, with Boden and Fleck hired to direct in April 2017.
Robertson-Dworet was soon hired to rewrite the script, with the rest of the cast added at the beginning of filming.
Filming on location began in January 2018, with principal photography beginning in March in California and concluding in Louisiana in July 2018. Several actors reprise their roles from previous MCU films on Captain Marvel, including Jackson and Gregg, who they were digitally downgraded in post-production. to reflect the movie setting in the nineties.
Captain Marvel premiered in London on February 27, 2019 and was released in theaters in the United States on March 8, as part of Phase Three of the MCU.
The film grossed more than $ 1.1 billion worldwide, making it the first female-directed superhero film to pass the billion dollar mark.
It became the fifth highest grossing film of 2019 and was the 23rd highest grossing film of all time during its theatrical run. The film received praise for the performances of the cast, particularly that of Larson. A sequel, The Marvels, is scheduled for release on November 11, 2022.