“Oh Wow”: Rejoice – CAROL DANVERS Is Coming to a Cinema Near You! CAPTAIN MARVEL Movie Announced!

Posted: October 29, 2014 in COMICS, FILM
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So amid the flurry of “Phase Three” Marvel Studios films in the making, one of my all-time favorite characters, Captain Marvel, is getting her own feature-film rite-of-passage into the Cinematic Universe.
This fan’s reaction on hearing the  Captain Marvel announcement echoed that of the series’ writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, who tweeted “Oh Wow. Did not see that coming.”
Marvel’s movie guru Kevin Feige announced the key dates for the new films that will constitute Phase Three on Tuesday; along with the thoroughly unexpected Captain Marvel film, Doctor Strange, Black Panther and the Inhumans are all on the way in film-form, while classic Marvel crossover epics The Infinity War and Civil War are receiving big-screen makeovers.

It did stun me when I heard it. Whereas there’s been Black Panther and Doctor Strange movie talk on-line for ages now, I’d never heard it hinted at anywhere that a CM movie was in the works or even being considered. One wonders how much that decision was influenced by the enormous success both critically and financially of the Guardians of the Galaxy film this year.

I have to say I have mixed feelings about this Captain Marvel announcement in general. On the one hand, the fan-boy in me is kind of excited at the prospect of a Carol Danvers movie. On the other hand I’m a little nervous when I think about what it might feel like if it’s done badly or if it’s poorly cast especially; the idea of someone annoying, unlikeable or unfitting portraying Carol Danvers makes me squirm a little just thinking about it. Speaking selfishly, I would rather no movie at all than a badly cast one (as I’m sure most Green Lantern fans would agree).

And as much as these Marvel films have hit the mark with casting in several instances, they’ve also been a little off the mark in some too. Having said that, I had similar feelings of uncertainty about the Guardians of the Galaxy film; and that turned out to be terrific, so maybe I’m just a jittery type when it comes to this stuff. And I don’t want to be a kill-joy.

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The current Captain Marvel series is a total joy; probably my favorite ongoing title of the moment (with Guardians of the Galaxy maybe second). Issue to issue, it’s just pure, old-fashioned, unpretentious and entertaining, with its engaging Star Wars esque settings, exotic vibe and its endearing, kick-ass central heroine.
If the tone and style of DeConnick’s series could be translated into cinema, it could in theory be something very special.

At a time where some of the other comics I would expect to be more engaged in are suffering somewhat from being overly complicated and  spin-offy, Kelly Sue DeConnick’s series has been a breath of fresh air. And long may it continue. And movie talk aside, I’ve been thinking how much I would love to see an old-style cartoon series of Carol’s cosmic adventures. That would make my year.

As for the Captain Marvel movie, I want to be excited, even if I’m still a little nervous at this stage. But no worries, I’ve got 4 years to get used to the idea. Unless they criminally miscast it, of course.

This first female-centric Marvel Studios film project is set for release in July 2018. One suspects Danvers may get introduced into the Cinematic Universe in either 2016’s Captain America: Civil War or next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, however. Some of the other announcements are intriguing too; I’ve been enthusiastic in general about the prospect of a Black Panther movie, while Civil War and Infinity War are both rich pickings for feature-film adaptation, though with the former it’s hard to envision how it could be done in a single movie.

The release dates are as follows;

May 6, 2016 — “Captain America: Civil War”
Nov. 4, 2016 — “Doctor Strange”
May 5, 2017 — “Guardians of the Galaxy 2″
July 28, 2017 — “Thor: Ragnarok”
Nov. 3, 2017 — “Black Panther”
May 4, 2018 — “Avengers: Infinity War Part I”
July 6, 2018 — “Captain Marvel”
Nov. 2, 2018 — “Inhumans”
May 3, 2019 — “Avengers: Infinity War Part II”

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