The Marvels: What You Need to Know About this Upcoming MCU Film

While not a direct sequel, The Marvels has the same cast of Captain Marvel (2019) and can be said to be a continuation of Ms. Marvel (2022), two of the most popular and powerful female-led stories in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is set to be released on November 10, 2023, as part of Phase Five of the MCU. Here are some of the things you may like to know about The Marvels as you get ready to watch it.

The Expected Plot

The Marvels will feature three characters who share a connection to the name “Marvel”: Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), and Kamala Khan / Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani). Carol Danvers is an ex-U.S. Air Force fighter pilot who gained superhuman abilities after being exposed to an explosion of an alien device. Monica Rambeau is the daughter of Carol’s friend and fellow pilot Maria Rambeau, who also became a superhero with the power to manipulate light energy. Kamala Khan is a teenage Pakistani-American fan of Carol Danvers who discovered she had shape-shifting powers.

According to the official synopsis, the plot of The Marvels will involve Carol, Monica, and Kamala swapping places with each other every time they use their powers, forcing them to team up to find out why. This premise promises a lot of action, humor, and drama as the three heroes have to deal with each other’s lives and challenges.

The Cast and Crew

The Marvels will reunite Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, and Iman Vellani, who have already established their roles as Carol Danvers, Monica Rambeau, and Kamala Khan in previous MCU projects. They will be joined by Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the former director of S.H.I.E.L.D. who recruited Carol Danvers into his team; Zawe Ashton as the main villain of the film, whose identity and motives are still unknown; and Park Seo-joon as a new character who has not been revealed yet.

The film will be directed by Nia DaCosta, who made history as the first Black woman to direct an MCU film. DaCosta is known for her critically acclaimed films Little Woods (2018) and Candyman (2021). She also co-wrote the screenplay for The Marvels with Megan McDonnell, Elissa Karasik, and Zeb Wells, who have experience in writing for Marvel comics and TV shows.

Its share of controversies

There was a rumor that the delay of “The Marvels” from July 28, 2023 to November 10, 2023 was due to behind-the-scenes drama with star Brie Larson. The rumor suggested that Larson was not easy to work with and had clashed with co-star Teyonah Parris. However, well-placed sources have indicated that there is no truth to this rumor. Another report explains that the shift in release date was made to allow the movie more time to complete post-production.

The Youtube teaser trailer was hit with over 300k dislikes, within 3 days of its launch. Another controversy was that MCU fans were outraged about Marvel Studios not releasing a “The Marvels” trailer during the 2023 Super Bowl.

But overall, the movie the movie seems to have gotten more positive praise from test than other MCU films this year, since Ant-Man 3 recently broke a record for having one of the worst box office drops in for a superhero movie.

The Expectations

The Marvels is one of the most anticipated films in Phase Five of the MCU, which will introduce new characters and stories to expand the franchise. The film will also explore the themes of identity, legacy, and diversity that are central to the characters of Carol Danvers, Monica Rambeau, and Kamala Khan. The film will showcase their individual journeys as well as their dynamic as a team.

The Marvels will also connect to other MCU projects that feature cosmic elements and threats, such as Eternals (2021), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023), and Fantastic Four (TBA). The film will likely set up new challenges and opportunities for the heroes as they face new enemies and allies in the universe.

Why should you look forward to the movie?

The Marvels is a film that celebrates the power and potential of women in the MCU and beyond. It is a film that will inspire fans of all ages and backgrounds to embrace their own marvels. It has an intriguing premise that involves the three heroes swapping places with each other every time they use their powers, forcing them to work together to figure out why. This could lead to some hilarious and thrilling situations, as well as some emotional and character-driven moments.

It is also part of Phase Five of the MCU, which means it will connect to other films and series in the franchise, in case you don’t want to loose a single thread of the MCU narrative.

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