There has been precious little information available regarding the upcoming Captain Marvel movie in the works, and it's an important film for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It will be the first female-led comic book movie for Marvel, and after Wonder Woman was one of 2017's biggest blockbuster hits at the box office, it puts some added pressure for them to get things right.
To introduce her into the timeline for the extended universe, the folks at Marvel may have found an easier way to flesh out her character. According to reports from Comic-Con, the hero's movie will take place before the events of the rest of the MCU—including the movie that sparked its run, Iron Man—taking place during the 1990s.
Those words come directly from Kevin Feige, the Marvel president who was on-hand at San Diego Comic-Con to help promote the upcoming work within the MCU. Marvel even teased a bit of concept art for Captain Marvel, who will be played by actress Brie Larson in the film.
The news came accompanied with a couple more big developments: Captain Marvel will fight the Skrulls in the movie, and Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role as Nick Fury, only this time he'll have full use of both his eyes.
While a lot of fans will be excited to see Jackson without an eye patch, the former is more important for what it could mean regarding future Marvel ventures. Prior to striking out on their own and succeeding in the movie world, Marvel struck deals with big movie studios for the rights to some of their characters. This has left them powerless while other studios sometimes failed to garner promising returns with some of their properties, most infamously with Fantastic Four on multiple occasions.
The Skrulls are reportedly co-owned by Fox and Marvel—though they are more broadly a part of the Fantastic Four universe—and have engaged in battle with the Kree, otherwise known as the villains in Guardians of the Galaxy. Though their inclusion in the film probably doesn't mean we're going to get a Fantastic Four movie led by Disney/Marvel any time soon, it does hint at some broader crossover for the alien shape-shifters in the MCU.
Captain Marvel is currently scheduled for release in March 2019, so it'll probably be a while before we get any more teases about the contents of the film. Still, this is a lot of good news bundled into one small package, and Marvel fans can begin firing up their conspiracy theories on what's left to come.