Captain Marvel 2: MCU’s take on Secret Invasion?
Captain Marvel 2: DISNEY INVESTOR DAY
Disney held an online virtual presentation for its Investor Day on December 10. This meant all of the company’s verticals would come forth with information about what they’re developing in order to assist the state of its stock price (and assist they did).
One of Disney’s most successful verticals, or arguably the most successful, Marvel gave fans much to get excited about. Almost too much. The pandemic has caused a draught for audiences in getting their dose of MCU content, but after seeing what Marvel has planned for the next two years or so, this year and a half long gap might just be worth it.
CAPTAIN MARVEL 2: THE ROAD SO FAR
This article specifically is going to be focused on the powerhouse of the MCU, the mighty Captain Marvel. Carol Danvers first appeared on the big screen in the character’s debut solo movie in 2019, but in the short span of a year she has become one of the most popular heroes in the Marvel universe whose fan following is comparable to that of many O.G Avengers like Captain America.
Captain Marvel shined first while flying through space, taking out alien spaceship after alien spaceship in her own movie. But what blew up the character’s appeal exponentially, were her action sequences in Avengers: Endgame. The audience gasped with surprise and roared with excitement when Captain Marvel took down one of Thanos’ ships single-handedly, or even went toe to toe fighting Mad Titan himself.
Aside from having probably the most enviable power set, what makes Captain Marvel special is the ideology that she stands for. There is something special about reading and comic, or watching a movie and being able to relate and empathize with a character. To see the hero face off against a diabolical threat, yet somehow dig deep and find the strength to fight against seemingly impossible odds.
It’s extremely empowering. For me this character is Superman, but hey this isn’t a DC article. Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel showed women (and everyone) what it means to believe in themselves. The Kree soldiers in the movie tried their best to suppress Carol’s powers, to make her doubt herself, but in the end, Carol found her footing. She connected with her identity and didn’t let anyone tell her otherwise.
These messages mean a lot to women, Captain Marvel represents that a woman can be one of the most powerful people in the galaxy. She symbolizes that gender plays no part in determining your true capability.
CAPTAIN MARVEL 2: WHAT’S IN STORE
While Captain Marvel was an origin story, Captain Marvel 2 will be a completely different ballgame. To understand this, one needs to have a brief knowledge of some iconic Marvel storylines, and pay a little attention to the announcements made at Disney Investor Day. Let’s go through them one by one.
Captain Marvel 2 is slated to be released on the 11th of November 2022. This date is a long way off, but there are a few different reasons for that. Kevin Fiege, the mega-producer and mastermind architect who built the MCU as it stands today, confirmed that two additions will be made to the cast of Captain Marvel 2.
These two being Iman Vellani and Teyonah Parris. It is also announced that Captain Marvel 2 will have a new director. While the duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck directed the first movie, Marvel studios have assigned Nia DaCosta to helm the sequel.
CAPTAIN MARVEL 2: NEW CHARACTERS
Back to the new cast, Teyonah Parris will take on the role of Monica Rambeau. This character was last seen as a child in the first Captain Marvel movie. That movie, however, was set in the past. Monica Rambeau has since grown up and will appear in other Marvel properties as well.
Most notably the upcoming Disney+ show WandaVision, where it is speculated that the character will be a S.W.O.R.D agent (more on that a little later). That’s not all of it though, so in the comics, Monica Rambeau is a hero who goes by the name Spectrum.
Spectrum’s powers are somewhat similar to Captain Marvel’s, mainly being flight, enhanced durability, and manipulating different sources of energy (which is a rather boring way of that saying she can blow stuff up quite impressively). In the comics, Monica got her powers as an accident in which she was exposed to extra-dimensional energies due to some mishap in an experiment conducted by evil scientists.
Considering that this bears a lot of resemblance to how Carol got her own powers, the MCU might change this and provide another reason as to how she has powers. Never the less her power set will involve good CGI and great action, so there’s nothing much to worry about. So with all this in mind, Captain Marvel 2 might be the movie in which Monica Rambeau gets her powers.
The movie could then focus on her and Carol working together. Or we might get the same result with an already powered up Monica Rambeau. There is possibly another Marvel property where she could upgrade to become Spectrum.
The second tidbit of information is about Iman Vellani also appearing in Captain Marvel 2. As widely reported, Vellani will play the role of Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel in the MCU and the Disney+ show titled Ms.Marvel. In the comics, Kamaka Khan is a Pakistani-American girl who idolizes Captain Marvel(hence her own alias being Ms.Marvel).
Unlike energy-based abilities like Captain Marvel and Spectrum, Kamala Khan’s abilities involve being able to manipulate her physiology to stretch or expand her arms, legs, etc. Think somewhat like Elastigirl from The Incredibles, or Rita Farr from Doom Patrol. Kamala Khan in the comics gets her powers after being introduced to terrigen mist.
If you wish to educate yourself about what that is and how that works, you could pick up some Inhuman comics or watch the second and third season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The MCU movies have not introduced the concept of Inhumans. Hence it is very likely that Kamala Khan will get her powers by some other means, or the character may be introduced as a mutant. While the Ms. Marvel show may be self-contained and have little to do with Captain Marvel 2, this next Disney+ show might lead directly into it.
CAPTAIN MARVEL 2: SECRET INVASION
The final announcement relating to Captain Marvel 2 is that of a Secret Invasion show being developed for Disney+ with Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn returning as Nick Fury and Talos respectively. Secret Invasion is said to be one of Marvel’s best and most iconic stories ever.
It is about the Skrulls disguising themselves as different Avengers, eventually infiltrating their ranks until they can dismantle the Avengers from the inside and stage an invasion on Earth with no one left to protect it. While the MCU may have its own take on this story, fans may get a fairly accurate adaption.
Captain Marvel was heavily involved in this story in the comics. She is also introduced in the MCU as someone who has long dealt with Skrulls. It is easy to speculate that this show could lay the groundwork for a Skrull invasion and that Captain Marvel 2 could be the movie in which Carol teams up with Monica and Kamala to stop them.
This show is also where Monica could get her powers(since she is a S.W.O.R.D agent), in the comics S.W.O.R.D is an organization much like S.H.I.E.L.D, but while S.H.I.E.L.D deals with matters on Earth, S.W.O.R.D mainly works to protect the planet from alien threats. In the comics, Captain Marvel has a history of working in collaboration with S.W.O.R.D.
This is why it makes sense that the Secret Invasion show could follow Nick Fury and Talos working with S.W.O.R.D to find out that evil Skrulls are secretly infiltrating Earth, and that after seeing the dire state of things they would reach out to Carol. Dealing with this invasion would be the main focus of Captain Marvel 2.
That’s all that is currently known about Captain Marvel 2. While the movie is a distant thought, there is a lot to set up before it can be presented on the big screen, and there are plenty of Marvel movies to keep us busy before we get to see Carol Danvers again.