While directors Joe and Anthony Russo are currently enjoying glowing reviews and sure-to-be-spectacular box office for Captain America: Civil War, the brothers are also preparing what’s poised to be Marvel Studios’ biggest undertaking yet: Avengers: Infinity War. The Russos are set to helm the two-part Infinity War epic, which is essentially two new Avengers movies that will be shot at the same time (production will take an entire year). The film is set to mark a significant conclusion to the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far, while also opening the door to new story avenues. And as the title implies, the arc will find various Marvel heroes finally squaring off against the Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin), assuming the purple dude can get his hands on some of those sweet, sweet Infinity Stones.
So yeah, we’re expecting big things from Infinity War, and while every MCU character thus far is on the table in terms of inclusion in either or both films, the Russo Brothers may have just confirmed a brand new hero who will be making her debut in the film. Per ComicBook.com, it sounds like we’ll finally meet Captain Marvel:
During an event at the Smithsonian Institute, the Russos were speaking about the upcoming Infinity War, when they mentioned Captain Marvel by name. A fan quickly pounced, asking “did you just confirm Captain Marvel”. Russo replied “Um….Captain Barvel. Totally different character.”
While Infinity War screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely recently told us that they only just completed a draft of the script for the first Infinity War film, it certainly sounds like the Captain Marvel character is planned to make her MCU debut in Infinity War before her solo Captain Marvel film in March 2019. But this was really kind of a no-brainer—we’re expecting every Marvel character to pop up in some way, shape, or form in the Infinity War saga, including new ones.
Joss Whedon initially lobbied to introduce Captain Marvel at the very end of Avengers: Age of Ultron as part of the new Avengers team, and indeed when Scarlet Witch flies in as part of the new lineup, those VFX plates were shot with the intention to have the Captain Marvel character appear. But Marvel decided they didn’t want to introduce the character fully formed, so either they’ve changed their mind here or we’ll see a fresh-faced Captain Marvel in Infinity War.
Either way, it’s about damn time. Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 is slated for release on May 4, 2018 and Part 2 arrives on May 3, 2019.