Seven Spoiler-Free Facts to Know Before You See Captain Marvel

  1. Captain Marvel is an origin story for Air Force pilot Carol Danvers (Oscar winner Brie Larson) as she becomes the most powerful superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  2. This film is unique from the other twenty installments in the MCU because it takes place primarily in 1995, years before Iron Man rose to heroism and the Avengers assembled for the first time.
  3. Brie Larson plays a character with many names in this movie.  While part of the Kree, she is called Vers; on Earth, she is called Carol Danvers; and her superhero name is Captain Marvel.
  4. The beginning of the story may be a little bit confusing.  The reason for this is that Carol experiences amnesia; therefore, she sees flashes of memories from her past but struggles to remember who she is.  Don’t worry though, because everything eventually comes together for the audience to understand.
  5. Captain Marvel features two warring alien races, the Kree and the Skrulls.  The Kree are a regime of “noble warrior heroes” and the Skrulls are a population of shapeshifters who can take the form of any person, making it difficult for the characters in the movie to trust each other.
  6. In addition to developing Carol Danvers’s origin, Captain Marvel delves into the backstory of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), who have made other appearances in MCU films.  The movie also stars Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser and Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, who return to their roles from 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
  7. In Captain Marvel, a recurring artifact from the Marvel Cinematic Universe called the Tesseract, also known as the Space Stone, makes an appearance.  The glowing blue cube is one of the six Infinity Stones that provides the wielder with immense power. In addition to being seen in Captain Marvel, the Tesseract has been in other MCU movies such as Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: Ragnarok, and Avengers: Infinity War, as well.