It’s official, Captain Marvel has joined the Avengers! That is to say, the superhero, played by Brie Larson, is due to appear in 2019’s ‘Avengers 4’. To be sure, this is one of those things that those of us who follow this sort of thing expected when Larson’s casting was announced as far in advance of her planned solo film as it was, but it’s nonetheless nice to have it confirmed.
This confirmation came straight from one Marvel’s most established leading lady, Scarlett Johansson. Speaking with Vanity Fair, Johansson casually mentioned Larson’s involvement with the project, saying:
“We have Brie Larson on this film. She’s here before shooting the stand-alone ‘Captain Marvel’ movie so we get to watch her get her feet wet for real.”
Captain Marvel’s introduction into the MCU, then, would seem to follow a similar model to the approach used with Spider-Man and Black Panther, both of whom first appeared in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ before starring in their own solo films. It’s also worth pointing out that Johansson mentioned Larson’s involvement in the larger context of the torch-passing element of ‘Avengers 4’, remarking on what she described as the bittersweet nature of the film and the sense of joy she feels for the next generation of Earth’s mightiest heroes.
Directed by the Russo brothers from a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, ‘Avengers 4’ is expected to pick up where next year’s ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ leaves off and in many ways represents the culmination of a decade-long effort by Marvel Studios. The film, which stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Karen Gillan, Paul Rudd, Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olson, Sebastian Stan, and too many others to count, is due to arrive in theaters on May 3, 2019.