'Captain Marvel 2': Release Date, Plot, Theories, and Everything to Know

Nothing is confirmed yet, but we can make some predictions.

Brie Larson finally debuted in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, in a March release that marked the first time ever that a female superhero led a Marvel movie. Captain Marvel was met with largely positive reviews, including one from Inverse and beat its own expectations to gross $153 million in the U.S. and $455 million worldwide in its opening weekend.

Talk about “higher, further, faster.”

Captain Marvel’s success make it seem inevitable that a sequel will happen eventually. Marvel Studios wouldn’t have cast an Academy Award-winning actress like Brie Larson if they didn’t have big plans. We don’t know anything definite about a Captain Marvel sequel just yet, but we’ll update this post with any and all information, including a few different theories.

Here’s everything we know about Captain Marvel 2.

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'Captain Marvel' needs to have a sequel.

Will There Be a Captain Marvel 2?

We knew there’d be a Black Panther 2 long before it was quietly confirmed based on its commercial success, and because Captain Marvel had a gross of $153 million in U.S. ticket sales its opening weekend, a sequel seems inevitable.

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Brie Larson as Carol Danvers in an early scene from 'Captain Marvel'.

When Is the Captain Marvel 2 Release Date?

Assuming Captain Marvel 2 does happen, we can make an educated guess about its release date.

Disney has blocked out 9 dates between Avengers: Endgame and July 29, 2022 specifically for Marvel movies. Partially because they don’t want to offer any spoilers for Endgame and partially because the studio is changing the way they announce films. There won’t be a huge press conference like in fall 2014 when they announced 11 movies all at once.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed in February that they wouldn’t announce any new movies until after Endgame and probably Spider-Man: Far From Home, and even then it’ll probably only be a couple movies at a time.

Based on the dates confirmed for Marvel Studios releases, our best guess is that Captain Marvel 2 might be released on May 6, 2022 or July 29, 2022.

Extreme spoilers here.

How Does the Captain Marvel Ending Set Up a Sequel?

At the end of Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers leaves the Tesseract on Earth with Goose and Nick Fury, and she flies away with the Skrull refugees aboard Mar-Vell’s Kree vessel, upgraded with a lightspeed drive. Their goal is to find the Skrulls a new home far away from the Kree empire.

They probably flew to an uncharted galaxy in search of an inhabitable planet. Danvers doesn’t return to Earth until 23 years later local time, but for her it was probably much shorter — because of Einstein’s theory of special relativity. Having received the distress call from Nick Fury, Danvers rushed back to Earth and appears at the Avengers facility shortly after Thanos’ Decimation. That’s how she’ll be around for Endgame.

But Captain Marvel also dropped several hints about Carol’s future. Jude Law’s Yon-Rogg is still alive, having been sent back to Hala by Carol herself with a threat: that she was coming for the Great Intelligence. Not only will Captain Marvel help the Skrulls find a home, but she also has unfinished business with the Kree Empire, especially because Ronan the Accuser said he’d “be back for the weapon,” referring to Danvers.

He dies at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 1, so if Ronan and Danvers encounter each other again, it’ll have to happen between Captain Marvel and then.

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Carol Danvers communing with the Great Intelligence in 'Captain Marvel'.

What Could the Plot of Captain Marvel 2 Be?

During Carol’s adventures in outer space, Captain Marvel did seemingly receive some suit upgrades, based on her appearance in the Captain Marvel post-credits scene. We really don’t know how long she was away, and this seems to imply that a potential Captain Marvel sequel could be set during her adventures with the Skrulls rather than after Endgame.

Did she successfully find a home for the shapeshifting aliens? What other kinds of cosmic threats could she have discovered out there? Captain Marvel 2 could explore just that. For all we know, the film could take place after Danvers receives Fury’s message sent during the Infinity War post-credits scene while she’s on her way back.

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Brie Larson in 'Captain Marvel' as Carol Danvers

How Many Marvel Movies Is Brie Larson Contracted For?

Marvel Studios doesn’t publicly disclose compensation or the terms of contracts signed with actors, but the information is often leaked to the wider public. That being said, we still don’t know for sure how many films Brie Larson might appear in.

In February 2019, The Hollywood Reporter doubled down on a October 2018 report that Larson was paid $5 million for her debut in Captain Marvel and signed on to a seven-film contract. Larson herself publicly denied this claim back in October vis Twitter — but did she deny the $5 million or the seven films?

As of this writing, all we know for sure is that Carol Danvers appears in Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame.

Captain Marvel is currently in theaters and she’ll return for Avengers: Endgame on April 26, 2019.

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