How Avengers: Infinity War Connects to Captain Marvel

Here's how Captain Marvel will finally be introduced to the MCU after Avengers: Infinity War.

With all the excitement and anticipation surrounding Avengers: Infinity War this week and its sequel a year from now, it’s interesting to note that Marvel has two more films coming out before Avengers 4.

The first is Ant-Man and the Wasp, out this July, and it’s not too much of a stretch to forecast that the movie will be similar to 2015’s Ant-Man in tone and style. But more mysterious at this point is Captain Marvel, next March’s introduction of Air Force pilot turned half-alien superbeing Carol Danvers (played by Brie Larson).

With each Marvel film often playing off a different genre or tonal voice, we asked Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige earlier this week what tone directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are setting for Captain Marvel. “I would say, like all of our movies, the tone will vary,” answered Feige. “There are some very funny things in the movie. There are some very scary things in the movie. There’s some very emotional things in the movie.”

“We are tapping into, in a way we haven’t before, the Kree-Skrull War from the comics,” he continued. “It is very much a cosmic film that also has earthbound elements because of the setting. And as you know we’ve revealed that it’s set in the ’90s. Anna and Ryan are tapping into their shared love of sort of ’90s action films to a certain extent that just allows us to play in a fun new arena. But that film is entirely about introducing audiences to Carol Danvers and to a hero who is more powerful than any hero we’ve ever introduced.”

With Danvers more or less also confirmed to appear in the fourth, yet-to-be-titled Avengers film next May as well — along with Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) — we asked Feige if those two films will contain elements that will act to bridge the two Avengers behemoths that bookend them.

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“Yes. I mean, I think it’s a great combination,” said Feige. “There are elements in Infinity War which will play into both Ant Man & the Wasp and Captain Marvel. There are elements in those two films that will play directly into Untitled Avengers. But both of them are essentially 90% or more standalone movies.”

Look for more from our interview with Kevin Feige shortly, along with our talks with Avengers: Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely…

Captain Marvel opens on March 8, 2019. The full schedule of upcoming Marvel movies can be found here.