As the year winds down, Marvel fans are eagerly awaiting the final cinematic treat from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) – The Marvels.
From the official The Marvels release date, trailers, and cast, to an overview of the plot and its potential impact on the MCU, we’re diving into it all higher, further, and faster!
Phase Five of the MCU
The Marvels is the 33rd movie of the ongoing MCU franchise. This follows the previous MCU releases that closed the franchise’s Phase Four and opened Phase Five. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever concluded the MCU’s Phase Four.
Marvel also dropped the teaser poster for The Marvels, including its new release date after several delays. Meanwhile, those who attended D23 last year got a glimpse of what’s to come for The Marvels but on April 11, 2023, Marvel released a teaser trailer for the film. Marvel released another trailer on September 12, 2023, as well as a featurette on the making of the film.
The Marvels Trailer
Filming and Production
Production for The Marvels started in February 2021. At the time, pre-production work started to record aerial footage, establishing shots, and green screen plates. Filming by the second unit began on April 9, 2021, under the title Goat Rodeo in Jersey City, New Jersey. Principal photography for The Marvels reportedly began on August 10, 2021, at Longcross Studios in Surrey and Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England.
On August 27, 2021, The Marvels reportedly also filmed in Tropea, Italy. This included the Tyrrhenian Sea Coast. The movie formally wrapped in May 2022.
Nia DeCosta directed the film, becoming Marvel’s first Black female director. Kevin Feige, Matthew Jenkins, and Mary Livanos serve as executive producers. Production design on The Marvels was done by Cara Brower with cinematography by Sean Bobbitt and edited by Catrin Hedstrom. The script was written by Megan McDonnell, with music from Laura Karpman.
The Marvels Cast
Brie Larson is returning as Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel, the half-Kree, half-human Avenger. Iman Vellani will also reprise her role as Kamala Khan also known as Ms. Marvel. Kamala Khan is a mutant who has the ability to manipulate cosmic energy and create hard light structures. Teyonah Parris will also be returning as Monica Rambeau, the SWORD agent who can absorb energy.
Also reappearing in The Marvels is Kamala Khan’s family. Played by Saagar Shaikh, Zenobia Shroff, and Mohan Kapur, they will reprise their roles from the Ms. Marvel series. Following D23, Samuel L. Jackson will be returning as former SHIELD head Nick Fury.
In the post-credits scene for Spider-Man: Far From Home, Nick Fury was revealed to be working with the Skrulls. This was further explored in Disney+’s Secret Invasion. South Korean actor Park Seo-joon was also cast as Prince Yan, Carol’s husband and ally. The casting of Park led fans to speculate that he may be playing Korean-American hero Amadeus Cho or Brawn.
Zawe Ashton is cast as Dar-Benn, a Kree who has a grudge against Carol.
What Is The Marvels About?
The Marvels is a continuation of the 2019 Captain Marvel movie and the Ms. Marvel series on Disney+. Marvel has also released the official synopsis for the movie.
“In Marvel Studios’ ‘The Marvels,’ Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel has reclaimed her identity from the tyrannical Kree and taken revenge on the Supreme Intelligence. But unintended consequences see Carol shouldering the burden of a destabilized universe. When her duties send her to an anomalous wormhole linked to a Kree revolutionary, her powers become entangled with that of Jersey City super-fan Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, and Carol’s estranged niece, now SABER astronaut Captain Monica Rambeau. Together, this unlikely trio must team up and learn how to work in concert to save the universe as ‘The Marvels.'”
The Marvels will reveal what the connection is between Carol, Kamala, and Monica as well as bring them together. The story is set off by an item that was first introduced in Ms. Marvel: the second bangle similar to the one that manifested Kamala’s powers. This was used by Dar-Benn.
What Else to Expect from the MCU Movie
When it comes to what fans can expect from The Marvels, the film will explore Monica’s character even more after her appearance in WandaVision. While in the comics, Monica also held the name of Captain Marvel and Spectrum, she will go by Photon in the film. Monica obviously has the biggest emotional connection to Carol among the three of them as Carol was almost like a parent figure to her.
Director Nia DeCosta revealed that Monica will be in a more “wounded” headspace when the movie starts.
“For a child to lose their aunt, and then to lose their mother – although she wasn’t a child when her mother passed away – she’s left to feel like she has no family. But then to see that her aunt has been popping to Earth every now and then, and off in space doing for a bunch of other people and also not being able to reconcile any of that because she’s never around – that can really create a wound. Monica definitely has a wound that she finally gets to address in this film,” said DeCosta.
DeCosta also stressed that the Dar-Benn that will be in the film is different from its comic book iteration. In The Marvels, Dar-Benn would instead be an imperialist who hates Carol.
Speaking to Total Film, DeCosta also explained her approach to The Marvels. DeCosta also weighed in on superhero fatigue, with several comic book adaptations happening on both film and TV.
“I think superhero fatigue absolutely exists. The biggest difference from the other MCU movies to date is that it’s really wacky, and silly. The worlds we go to in this movie are worlds, unlike others you’ve seen in the MCU. Bright worlds that you haven’t seen before,” said DeCosta.
The Marvels Release Date
The original release date for The Marvels was on July 8, 2022. It was then delayed to November 11, 2022, then pushed further to February 17, 2023. The date then swapped with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s premiere. Production for both movies was on track, but Ant-Man was further along on its schedule, resulting in the switch of the release dates.
The Marvels was then scheduled to premiere on July 28, 2023, until it was further pushed to November 10, 2023. This is likely because of Feige’s plan for more time between films.
This November release date will put the film up against The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (which releases the following week).