It might not be happening until 2019 but that certainly hasn’t stopped fans from getting excited for the upcoming Captain Marvel film. The character has quickly become a fan favorite in the comics, and the movie will mark the first female-led film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Things are moving along quickly, and we have some big news regarding the future of the movie.
We finally learned earlier this summer who will be playing the titular heroine. Recent Oscar winner Brie Larson will suit up as Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel. Larson won the 2016 Oscar for Best Actress with her role in the gripping drama, Room. Many might not realize it but Captain Marvel will actually be the second comic book film to feature Larson. The star also made an appearance in 2010’s Scott Pilgrim vs.the World as one of Pilgrim’s ex-girlfriends.
On top of finally finding our leading lady, we’re getting closer to knowing who’s actually helming the project. It was recently reported that Rebecca Thomas was added to the shortlist of directors being considered for the movie. She’s best known for her 2012 debut film, Electrick Children, and will also be directing the upcoming Looking For Alaska and The Little Mermaid. The list includes several other prominent directors, including Lesli Linka Glatter (who directed for both Mad Men and Homeland), Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World) and Niki Caro (Whale Rider and North Country). They’re all incredibly talented directors and it’s refreshing to see Marvel’s dedication to having a woman holding the reins for this feature. No matter what, we can rest easy knowing that Captain Marvel will be in good hands.
But even more than the movie, one of the biggest questions is whether or not we’ll finally get a female-fronted superhero game as well. It’s only in the past year or so that we’ve seen Captain Marvel make any video game appearances at all. Those have been in larger ensemble games, such as Marvel Heroes 2016 and Lego Marvel’s Avengers, but the character has yet to be featured in her own namesake title. Giving the character her own video game would be a great way to familiarize audiences with her in the time leading up to the film while also helping to build a larger fanbase.
Marvel has used video games as a way to increase the recognizability of their characters with wider audiences before. One way the company has gone about this is through the inclusion of some of its most well-known heroes in online casual games that appeal to more than just comic book fans. Marvel has created licensed online games centered on comic characters that have featured prominent superheroes including Iron Man and his Avengers crew. These games, with their bold graphics and colorful characters, remain a huge draw for audiences on bingo and casino platforms alike. It would only make sense for the House of Ideas to do everything it can to introduce Captain Marvel to the world, and this audience in particular, before they take the plunge onto the big screen.
That said, there’s still plenty of time between now and when the film comes out. With a couple years to go, that’s more than enough time to develop a video game or even introduce the character in one of the other upcoming MCU films. Either way, we can hardly wait for the Captain Marvel movie and all we can say is that it’s about time. Captain Marvel is currently set for release on March 8, 2019.