The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest film “The Marvels” is about to cram elements of multiple Disney Plus television shows, Marvel movies and an understanding of the wider Marvel multiverse canon into one film — giving moviegoers something of a homework assignment.
“The Marvels,” a sequel to 2019’s billion-dollar earner “Captain Marvel,” brings fans back into the journey of Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), who finds herself swapping powers with Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) and Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani). They form a mini-Avengers trio that tackles the villainous Dar-Benn (Zawe Ashton) and engage with Prince Yan (Park Seo-joon). Oh yeah, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is along for the ride, too.
Marvel has been weaving its interconnected stories between television and film for several years now. By our calculations, a completionist would need to watch more than five films, four Disney Plus shows, potentially pre-Disney Marvel movies and possibly read an interview or two to understand every corner of this movie, making it one of the most Marvel of Marvel films.
So, instead of watching two days’ worth of MCU content, here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know.