The Daily Heat Index: Brie Larson Will Star As Captain Marvel In Studio’s First Female-Led Superhero Movie
Plus: Comic-Con news on ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ ‘Black Panther,’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol.2″
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Say Hello to Captain Marvel
After months of speculation, Oscar-winner Brie Larson has officially taken the lead as Captain Marvel, becoming the first woman to knab a standalone Marvel movie in the studio’s history. The Room star joined the rest of her MCU brethren at Hall H this past weekend, tweeting out an official photo post-panel with the caption, “Call Me Captain Marvel.” While Captain Marvel isn’t expected to hit theaters until 2019, expect Brie to suit up and take flight well before her own film blows up at the box office.
Black Panther‘s Newest Additions
While Chadwick Boseman may have been stuck in the middle of two headbutting heroes in Captain America: Civil War, his next appearance will place him and all of his fictional home, Wakanda, front and center. “You never quite know where he stands,” Boseman told EW of his character. “There’s always a bit of concealing and mystery. So I think mysterious is more his boat. Not to say there’s not charm and he can’t be a ladies’ man and all that. It’s more like if there is humor, it’s more like James Bond.”
— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) July 24, 2016
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige also announced the rest of Black Panther‘s line-up, including Michael B. Jordan as the villainous Erik Killmonger, and Luptia Nyong’o and Danai Gurira as Nakia and Okoye, respectively. The two come to form Dora Milaje, the no-nonsense bodyguards of our titular hero. See ’em all when Black Panther hits theaters July 6th, 2018.
Spider-Man Steals the Show
Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland made his very first appearance at SDCC following the recent transition for the webslinger into Marvel territory. While the film’s teaser has yet to hit the airwaves, we do know it gave off a very ’80’s, Breakfast Club vibe, with director Jon Watts labeling it as a “straight-up high school movie.”
— Spider-Man: No Way Home (@SpiderManMovie) July 24, 2016
The footage came to a close with shots of the film’s lead villain, the Vulture, descending down from above, with no clear shot of who would be playing the infamous villain (with signs pointing from every angle at Michael Keaton). Take a look at the new battle artwork above, and check back before Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters on July 7th, 2017.
Another Go for Guardians of the Galaxy
The entire cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 took control at SDCC, with director James Gunn pouring out information on where the film will pick up (just two months after the first), and who will join the existing team of misfits. “This one is about them being a family,” Gunn told EW. “As most of us in families know, being in a family is a lot harder than becoming one. It’s the difference between falling in love and being in love and being in a relationship.”
— Guardians of the Multiverse (@Guardians) July 24, 2016
He also confirmed the arrival of Pom Klementieff’s Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki’s Ayesha, and Kurt Russell, who plays Star-Lord’s father, Ego. The biggest surprise from the not-yet-released teaser came in the form of Sylvester Stallone(!), rounding out the incredible cast. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 arrives in theaters on May 5, 2017.