Trouble may be in store for Captain Marvel and the gang. Box office projections ahead of The Marvels debut suggest a disappointing opening for the next Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.
The Marvels is a follow-up to 2019’s Captain Marvel. The film not only broke $1 billion dollars at the worldwide box office but also made an astounding $153.4 million during its opening weekend. However, it seems as though The Marvels won’t be able to recapture the thunder, with the MCU sequel tracking to only earn $70-$80 million domestically during its debut.
While many chalk this up to “superhero fatigue”, which may or may not be a factor depending on how it’s defined, there are two other important factors to consider: First, Captain Marvel came out between Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, supercharging the box office of the first female-led MCU film. Secondly, the SAG-AFTRA strike is still ongoing, preventing any members of The Marvels cast from doing press for the film.
The talent behind The Marvels
The Marvels is set to be a groundbreaking film in many ways. Not only does it feature three powerful female superheroes, but it also has a female director, Nia DaCosta, who previously directed the horror flick Candyman. The movie features a cast that includes Zawe Ashton, Park Seo-joon, Saagar Shaikh, Zenobia Shroff, and Mohan Kapur.
“She has a really calm vibe, too,” Iman Vellani said about DaCosta. “These movies are not easy to make at all. There’s like a million, bajillion little moving pieces. She and [executive producer] Mary [Livanos] did such a great job to keep morale high. Even if there were days where they wanted to rip people’s heads off, they would never show it and never put their stress on anyone else.”
In addition to directing The Marvels, Nia DaCosta also co-wrote the script alongside Megan McDonnell, Elissa Karasik, and Zeb Wells. During an interview, DaCosta described the movie as being “full comic book madness,” teasing what audiences can expect from the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe project.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter