She's older than you think...
Don’t be fooled by 29-year-old Brie Larson’s wrinkle-free portrayal of Captain Marvel – this veteran superhero has been around the block.
Dreamt up by Marvel writer Roy Thomas and artist Gene Colan, the Captain’s alter-ego Carol Danvers first appeared in a Marvel Super-Heroes comic back in March 1968 as a sassy US Air Force officer.
The character was reimagined in 1977 as progressive heroine Ms. Marvel, then went under various aliases, including Binary and Warbird, until everyone got so confused in the post-millennium that they stuck on Captain Marvel. Remember the name.
Carol Danvers. It’s a nice, normal, human-sounding name, right? And in her early life, Danvers was indeed a nice, normal, girl-next-door fighter pilot, who laughed in the face of danger – until a nightmare crash-landing left her fighting for life.
Enter the Kree. If you've seen Guardians of the Galaxy, you’ll know these humanoid aliens as a tech- hungry, military-fixated race from the planet Hala, this new movie sees them resurrect Danvers as Captain Marvel, gifting her jaw- dropping powers that include outrageous strength and a seventh sense.
CGI alone cannot sustain a superhero movie. We have to feel the beating heart and the humanity beneath the skin-tight costume – and that’s where Brie Larson comes into her own.
If you’re an ODEON regular, you’ll remember the Californian actress as the daring photo-journalist from Kong: Skull Island, Ma in the moving Room, and as the young supervisor of a refuge for troubled teenagers in acclaimed indie-flick, Short Term 12.
Previously, many considered Brie Larson to be the number one choice for Captain Marvel and their wishes finally came true when she was announced at San Diego Comic Con 2016's Marvel Panel.
A superhero without an arch-enemy is a sorry sight. Luckily, Captain Marvel serves up some of the best villains ever to butt heads with the MCU crew.
Meet the Skrulls: a none-more-nasty reptilian space-race whose idea of a good time is to shape-shift into human, wreak havoc and seize control of Planet Earth.
Leading the invasion is Talos (Ben Mendelsohn): a nightmare mash-up of the orcs from Lord Of The Rings and Hellraiser’s Pinhead, who also happens to have infiltrated the S.H.I.E.L.D counter-terrorism agency.
To understand the roots of the MCU, you need to check out Captain Marvel: a movie that predates the arrival of more familiar heroes like Iron Man et al.
Take your seat, turn back the clock and let yourself be entertained by this zinger of an origin story, which sees Samuel L. Jackson’s hard-bitten Nick Fury digitally de-aged as a young paper-pusher, and Danvers teeing up the formation of the Avengers team.
Trust us, the ripples from this encounter are going to be felt in every Marvel movie to come – starting with Avengers: Endgame...
We're in the Endgame now
With Avengers: Endgame looming over our heads, leaving us biting our nails at the sheer intensity of whether our beloved heroes will return and the surviving Avengers will survive their final showdown with the Mad Titan.
With Nick Fury making the call in the end-credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War, Captain Marvel is expected to make her debut in the present in Avengers: Endgame, fighting side by side with Captain America and Iron Man.
Marvel have kept their cards close to their chest, not revealing the appearance of Captain Marvel in any of the trailers not yet revealing officially what role she has to play in the conclusion to Phase Three and the culmination of 22 interconnected films. Will she be the one to save Nebula and Tony Stark floating in space? Will she be the one to finally stand-to-toe with Thanos?
Captain Marvel - out 8 March.