With the film Captain Marvel less than two weeks from hitting the cinemas, a new poster has been rolled out showing the comic book star in a striking, upright pose. Captain Marvel aka Carol Danvers, played by Brie Larson, is depicted charging up her photonic powers, lifted from the trailer for the film, in an image created by renowned pop culture artist Sam Gilbey. It’s also embellished by the cryptic but memorable ‘Higher. Further. Faster.’
Larson was announced as having taken up the role at San Diego Comic-Con in 2016. Although DC has had female-led superheroes with films such as Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel is due to be the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first superhero film with a woman in the lead.
Writers Nicole Perlman and Meg LaFauve were brought on board to develop the script. Carol Danvers had first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1968 as an officer in the US air force, endowed with super powers after being exposed to the DNA of the Kree (a highly advanced and deeply militaristic alien race) superhero Mar-Vell during an explosion. As well as possessing the usual superhuman strength and immense powers of endurance, Danvers can also channel energy, including heat and gravity. Her ability to absorb other forms of energy, including electricity, can give her powers equal to the force of a nuclear bomb.
The upcoming film is due to focus on her history as a fighter pilot in the US Air Force. She joins the elite Kree military fighting unit Starforce, before returning to Earth, faced with major existential questions about her past and her sense of self, just as Earth is caught between the warring tendencies of two alien worlds.
Captain Marvel will be released on March 8th, harkening a new chapter to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.