'Captain Marvel 2' release date, plot, theories, and everything to know

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

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Brie Larson debuted in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, in her March solo film, marking 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 made 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. And especially after her pivotal role in Avengers: Endgame and some big hints in Spider-Man: Far From Home that involve Nick Fury and the Skrulls, she’ll probably be a central figure in the MCU going into Phase Five.

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:

'Captain Marvel' needs to have a sequel.Marvel Studios

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. But yes, another Carol Danvers solo movie is officially in the works.

The first official word confirming a Captain Marvel sequel came at the end of Marvel Studios’ San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel when the studio’s president Kevin Feige confirmed that Captain Marvel 2 was in development as part of Phase Five alongside other priorities like Black Panther 2, Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3, Fantastic Four, and something incorporating “mutants” into the mix.

Despite some rumors in September 2019 that Disney had lost confidence in Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, there is no concrete evidence to support that claim. The origin of these rumors was a seemingly sexist YouTuber who claimed to have an inside source. While this may be true, it doesn’t seem likely at all.

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

When is the Captain Marvel 2 release date?

Marvel Studios already laid out the full Phase Four timeline through the end of 2021, and it doesn’t include the Captain Marvel sequel. Kevin Feige’s comments make it seem like it might come rather early in Phase Five.

Here’s what we know: Disney has three specific release dates blocked off in 2022 for Marvel Studios releases. There’s February 18, May 6, and July 29. Director Ryan Coogler announced at San Diego Comic-Con that the Black Panther sequel would be released on May 6, so that leaves February and July. Those two dates will probably go to Captain Marvel 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3.

There’s no way to know which film will get which release date, but with James Gunn rehired for Guardians already and little to no news about Carol Danvers’ next adventure, we’re willing to bet July 29, 2022 is the Captain Marvel 2 release date

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, 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 was 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.

Maria Hill and Nick Fury in 'Spider-Man: Far From Home'.Marvel Studios

What does Spider-Man: Far From Home mean for Captain Marvel 2?

Carol Danvers has a close personal connection to Nick Fury after their time as friends and allies during Captain Marvel. One of the biggest surprises in Spider-Man: Far From Home is that the Maria Hill and Nick Fury we see interacting with Peter Parker are actually a pair of Skrull aliens posing as the humans. That whole time, the real Nick Fury was out in some Skrull space colony.

How long ago did this switch happen? Was Talos the Skrull impersonating Nick Fury throughout the entire known MCU? Or did this happen more recently? There’s no telling when Marvel Studios might follow up on the implications of the Far From Home ending and post-credits scene, but Captain Marvel 2 seems like a good place.

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

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.

Brie Larson in 'Captain Marvel' as Carol DanversMarvel Studios

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.

Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel.Marvel Comics

Will Captain Marvel 2 relate to Ms. Marvel in any way?

In February 2019, Brie Larson was vocal about wanting Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, in the sequel. Based on the news out of Disney’s D23 Expo in August about a Ms. Marvel Disney+ television show, it seems like Larson might get her wish.

“You will meet her in her Disney+ series, and then you will see her in our films,” Marvel President Kevin Feige said during the D23 presentation of Kamala Khan and the Ms. Marvel series. Khan will certainly be featured in whatever Avengers 5 might come to look like, but a team up between her and Carol Danvers also feels inevitable.

Captain Marvel 2 will probably be released sometime in 2022.

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