In the post-credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War, Nick Fury sent out a distress call to Captain Marvel before falling victim to Thanos' finger-snap, which wiped out half of all life in the universe. The sequence not only sets up Carol Danvers' arrival in Avengers: Endgame, it also segues right into directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's Captain Marvel, an origin story set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe of the 1990s.
Like Captain America: The First Avenger before it, the movie is set to be an extensive flashback sequence. But even this first Captain America movie was book-ended by scenes set in the present of the MCU, scenes meant to build up to the character's presence in 2012's The Avengers. Therefore, while Captain Marvel is said to take place in the '90s, could it be possible for the film to receive a similar treatment?
In an interview with Fandango, the directors of Captain Marvel were asked if certain scenes of the film would indeed take place in the Avengers: Endgame timeline. "All we can say is this is a '90s film, a '90s period film," Boden answered. "Where Sam Jackson is a younger version of Nick Fury."
"And Tony Stark hasn't figured out how to become Iron Man yet, so ..." Fleck added. "That's all we can say," Boden then said, closing the subject.
The directors' answer is definitely cagey. There are a lot of questions surrounding Carol Danvers' current whereabouts in the MCU -- theories have stipulated that should could be somewhere in the Quantum Realm, or stuck in another universe entirely -- and the character's solo film is expected to deliver the answers. Whether these answers will take us to the past or present, however, remains to be seen.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a script they wrote with Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as the commander of Starforce, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau, Algenis Perez Soto, McKenna Grace as young Carol, and Annette Bening in an undisclosed role. The film arrives March 8, 2019.