Latest Captain Marvel Photo May Pinpoint What Year the Film Is Set

Brie Larson as Captain Marvel

We may now know precisely which year Captain Marvel takes place.

Brie Larson will make her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in her own solo film before joining Earth's Mightiest Heroes in Avengers 4. It's no secret that Captain Marvel is a prequel movie set in the '90s, but the date might've been narrowed down even further.

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According to MCU Cosmic, Captain Marvel looks like it is set in 1991. The detective work comes after Larson's photo of Carol Danvers surrounded by "Rock the Vote" posters. Around those is a series of club flyers, with one mentioning a gig scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 29. The only Thursdays that fell on Aug. 29 in that decade were 1991 and 1996. The "Rock the Vote" posters were used in a famous MTV election campaign for 1992, meaning 1996 is too late in the decade. Admittedly, Captain Marvel could be set in 1992 and the posters have been on the wall for a while.

While dates are relatively insignificant to most movies, the MCU has a long and complicated history that involves each entry having a specific place in the franchise's timeline. Notably, 1991 is the year that Howard and Maria Stark are killed by Bucky Barnes, while 1992 is when T'Chaka kills N'Jobu.

Tying together a massive event like the deaths of the Starks seems like a more likely place to set Captain Marvel when considering younger versions of Nick Fury and Phil Coulson are part of the movie. That said, 1992 is also the year that Coulson's mother dies, and could play a part in his Captain Marvel storyline.

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Captain Marvel already promises to rewrite the history of Carol Danvers and will reportedly be different to other MCU origin stories like Iron ManCaptain America: The First Avenger and Doctor Strange. Given the cryptic Captain Marvel tease at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, most are expecting to see a bond form between Danvers and Fury to explain him contacting her in the movie's post-credits scene.

If Captain Marvel is heading to 1991, the script could make meta references to the likes of the Hubble Telescope, the USA making nuclear cutbacks and Operation Desert Storm. Terminator 2: Judgement Day was also released in 1991, which is interesting considering Kevin Feige said Captain Marvel's fight scenes are inspired by James Cameron's movie.

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 Mar-Vell, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, and Ben Mendelsohn, Lashana Lynch, Algenis Perez Soto, McKenna Grace and Annette Bening. The film arrives March 8, 2019.

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