Nia DaCosta’s “Captain Marvel” sequel also stars Iman Vellani of “Ms. Marvel” and Teyonah Parris of “Wandavision.”
Marvel Studios may be slowing down a bit, but this fall the studio is giving fans three wonders in one. Disney has released the first trailer for “The Marvels,” the 33rd feature film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Ostensibly a sequel to 2018’s ‘Captain Marvel,’ which featured Brie Larson as the titular superhero, ‘The Marvels’ actually follows characters from three different MCU titles. In addition to Larson as Carol Danvers, the film also stars Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan from last year’s Disney+ series “Ms. Marvel” and Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau from 2021’s “Wandavision”. All three characters have been used at various points by either “Captain Marvel” or “Ms. Marvel” aliases in the original comics.
The “Ms. In Marvel’s latest episode, Kamala, a New Jersey teenager and fresh-faced superhero, unexpectedly switches places with Carol, a former Air Force pilot with alien powers and Kamala’s favorite superhero. Viewers only saw Carol crash in Kamala’s bedroom, but “The Marvels” investigates where Kamala was taken.
Complicating matters, Monica, the daughter of Carol’s old friend (Lashana Lynch) and a secret agent with the ability to absorb energy, also switches places with Carol and Kamala. The three women discover that the exchanges are happening while using their powers and team up to find the source behind this sudden mystery.
Nia DaCosta is directing ‘The Marvels’ in her third feature film. the “Little Woods” filmmaker previously worked with Parris on 2021’s “Candyman” and directed “Ms. It’s a miracle.” DaCosta is one of four writers on the script, along with Megan McDonnell, Elissa Karasik and Zeb Wells.
Aside from the three main roles, Samuel L. Jackson reprises his long-running role as Nick Fury in his second Marvel project of the year following this summer’s “Secret Invasion” limited series. The cast also includes Zawe Ashton and Park Seo-joon in undisclosed roles, as well as Saagar Shaikh, Zenobia Shroff and Mohan Kapur in “Ms. Marvel’ role as Kamala’s family.
“The Marvels” is the third film in the MCU’s “Phase Five,” after the phase began with the critically panned and commercially disappointing “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” in February. This Peyton Reed-helmed project put the venerable franchise on shakier ground than ever, especially after the VFX process, the departures of one of its stars, Jonathan Majors, and executive Victoria Alonso. The studio is supposedly they are slowing down the schedule of published content to offset potential franchise fatigue.
Despite this, “The Marvels” is still one of the MCU projects coming this year. Next month sees the release of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” James Gunn’s final film for the franchise before his rise to DC. “Secret Invasion” is coming to Disney+ in July, and “Loki” season 2 starring Tom Hiddleston is expected sometime this year. There’s reason to hope that “The Marvels” will succeed despite potential Marvel fatigue; the original “Captain Marvel,” directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, is one of the studio’s highest-grossing films, grossing $1.1 billion worldwide.
“The Marvels” location will hit theaters on Nov. 10, after originally being slated for a July release. Watch the full trailer for the film below.
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