Yesterday Disney dropped a new poster for the forthcoming Captain Marvel, and a short time ago the studio finally released its second trailer. We know the heroine has a huge role in Avengers 4, but who IS Captain Marvel? Who are the film’s shapeshifting villains? What do you need to know?
The Complicated History of ‘Captain Marvel’
The character name of ‘Captain Marvel’ has a curious history due to rights issues between Marvel and DC. What you may not know is that both comics imprints have characters named ‘Captain Marvel’… and both have forthcoming movies. (DC’s Shazam film, based on its Captain Marvel/Shazam, will debut in theaters in April of 2019).
Here’s the brief rundown…
Fawcett published the original Captain Marvel/Shazam comics and stopped in the 1950s, when Marvel trademarked the name Captain Marvel for their own intergalactic hero. When DC licensed the Fawcett characters in 1972, they thus licensed the Fawcett character Captain Marvel but couldn’t name the title ‘Captain Marvel’, naming it ‘Shazam’ for the transformative cry Billy Batson utters to turn into DC’s own Captain Marvel. Ergo, Marvel’s ‘Captain Marvel’ can be marketed as Captain Marvel, and DC’s character of the same name is marketed as ‘Shazam’, as it was for the last 40 or so years.
So who is Marvel’s ‘Captain Marvel’?
In the comics, Marvel’s original Captain Marvel is an extraterrestrial hero named Mar-Vell from the Kree intergalactic…
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