The highly anticipated Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson as the title character, will debut in China on the same day that it premieres in North America.
The March 8 release date of the Marvel Studios film will also fall on International Women's Day, an interesting coincidence considering it's the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first female-led superhero film.
The film, set in 1995, tells the story of Carol Danvers, a former United States Air Force pilot who is introduced as a member of the Kree military team called Starforce. Armed with superpowers but unclear about her true identity, Carol returns to her home planet Earth, where she allies with a young Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. to prevent the war between Kree and the shape-shifting Skrulls from overtaking the planet.
The upcoming Marvel movie is estimated to earn $140-$180 million over its opening weekend and the Chinese box office could be extremely lucrative if the film's high expectations are achieved. Avengers: Infinity War was the top-grossing foreign film in 2018, earning $2.048 billlion at the box office, with the Chinese market contributing $373.4 million to that total. Other comic book films released in 2018, such as Sony's Venom or DC's Aquaman, also found success in that particular region; Venom earned $262 million in China while Aquaman has currently grossed $293.70 million.
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 as Att-Lass, McKenna Grace as a young Carol Danvers and Annette Bening in an undisclosed role. The film arrives on March 8.