What to Watch Before Ms. Marvel
Catch up on Captain Marvel in the MCU before Ms. Marvel arrives June 8 on Disney+.
On Wednesday, June 8, Disney+ premieres its latest Marvel Cinematic Universe TV series, Ms. Marvel. It’s the story of New Jersey Muslim teen Kamala Khan (played by newcomer Iman Vellani), a superfan of Captain Marvel, who gains powers and becomes a superhero herself.
The Marvel Comics lineages of the Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel characters is a looong one dating back to the ’60s, but in the 2000s MCU? It’s pretty short and simple. Here are the three movies featuring Captain Marvel you’ll want to check out or revisit before diving into Ms. Marvel.
Captain Marvel (2019)
The 1990s-set origin story of how Air Force pilot Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) became the superpowered Captain Marvel after an alien Kree blood transfusion. Captain Marvel is a fun and action-packed movie loaded with ’90s references and music—and don’t skip the mid- and post-credits scenes. Plus, the origin of Nick Fury’s eyepatch is revealed.
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Captain Marvel, with a new haircut and costume, returns to Earth after traveling the universe to help out other planets in need. Captain Marvel rescues Tony Stark and Nebula from space, and then later re-returns to aid the Avengers in defeating Thanos. The heavy, three-hour Endgame isn’t all “fun,” but it is pivotal in the MCU.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
In a mid-credits scene at the end of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Captain Marvel and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) are introduced to Shang-Chi (Simi Liu) via hologram Zoom. They discover that, while not alien in origin, the Ten Rings are sending unknown signals into the universe. Captain Marvel then receives a call and takes off—Carol’s always hustling.
Bonus: Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
While Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers doesn’t actually appear in Spider-Man: Far From Home, Spidey/Peter Parker (Tom Holland) does mention her. Why’s this important? Because it’s the first time Captain Marvel is actually referred to by name as “Captain Marvel” in the MCU. Kind of a big deal—she earned those bars, mister.