When Marvel first announced their lineup of films for Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, many were left wondering about the absence of Captain Marvel. As it turns out, a sequel to Marvel’s very first female-led superhero movie will indeed be happening.
First reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel is looking to release Captain Marvel 2 sometime in 2022, and they are also looking to hire writer Megan McDonnell to pen the script for the movie. McDonnell is a staff writer for the upcoming Disney+ Marvel series WandaVision and reports say that she is in final negotiations to seal the deal with Marvel Studios.
THR also reports that Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the directors and co-writers of Captain Marvel, will not be returning to direct the sequel. Instead, it is likely that they will be directing a possible Disney+ series in the future. For a new director, Marvel is hoping to land a female filmmaker.
Furthermore, the story of Captain Marvel 2 will also move the timeline of the series from the 1990s to the present day, and most likely take place post-Avengers: Endgame. However, since neither McDonnell nor Disney has said anything, the sequel could also take place right before or during the time skip in Endgame, so we could get an insight as to what Carol Danvers was up to between the events of the first movie until then.
Though not a favourite amongst critics, Marvel’s very first female-led film starring Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson still proved to a big success in the global box office, earning over US$1.1 billion.
A relatively new writer, McDonnell first major writing credit was with WandaVision, which stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as well… Wanda and Vision. Since she’s started writing for the TV series, she has been promoted to story editor.