It sounds like this Avenger will be getting another Marvel sequel after all

Rumors of this franchise's demise might be exaggerated, as a new report claims that a major Avenger could return for another solo movie.
Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey Jr. in The Avengers (2012) ©Marvel 2012
Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey Jr. in The Avengers (2012) ©Marvel 2012 /

Once upon a time, the Marvel Cinematic Universe had something of a predictable behavior pattern that worked wonders for it. The Marvel Studios franchise would release a few solo superhero movies, build towards an Avengers movie that brought them all together, and end one chapter in that crossover film that would also start another chapter in the saga.

It still has something of a similar approach these days, but with multiverses, Disney Plus shows, and a larger roster of heroes than before, it's not quite as predictable or as reliable, with the MCU unfortunately having its two first box office blips in 2023.

Both of those films revolved around major Avengers, but it was The Marvels that received the most coverage because of how significantly it underperformed, particularly when compared to predecessor Captain Marvel, which grossed over $1 billion just a few years earlier. It seemed like that nipped the Brie Larson-led film series in the bud a lot earlier than it was supposed to. But that thankfully might not be the case after all.

A third Captain Marvel movie is reportedly still on the table

A new report from Marvel scooper Rejected Scooper suggests that Marvel Studios still has plans to make a third Captain Marvel movie. This scoop came as part of a larger post on social media platform X, formerly Twitter, and it also claims that it could come out after Avengers: Secret Wars.

The interesting thing about this is that, last year the idea of Marvel Studios wanting to make a Captain Marvel trilogy would have made total sense; the first one made over $1 billion at the box office and generated a lot of buzz. But after the significant underperformance of sequel The Marvels, a third movie became less likely.

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Brie Larson as Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers in Marvel Studios' THE MARVELS. Photo by Laura Radford. © 2023 MARVEL. /

In fact, this new report directly contradicts an earlier scoop from Marvel insider Daniel Richtman, who claimed that both Captain Marvel 3 and Ant-Man 4 had been cancelled by Marvel Studios due to the underperformances from each respective heroes' 2023 films. And from a business standpoint, that made sense; even if it was incredibly disappointing.

The news of a potential third Captain Marvel movie still being on the table is exciting indeed, because the character is a beloved part of the franchise and it would be a shame if Carol Danvers never got the chance to complete her story in another solo adventure. And honestly, there would be ways to ensure it was more profitable, starting with ensuring that the budget isn't unnecessarily large.

If the rumor about it coming out after Secret Wars is true, Marvel has time to get it right, building towards another story for Carol and producing a story that could get fans to return to the franchise. Here's hoping that it comes to frution.

Captain Marvel will be back in the MCU one way or another

Whether Captain Marvel 3 happens or not remains to be seen, but one thing is clear: We haven't seen the last of Carol Danvers. Yes, even after The Marvels. The character was set up to be a major player right before Avengers: Endgame and she has shown just how powerful she truly is time and time again - in more ways than one.

While the Avengers aren't operating as an active team right now, they are still collaborating to ensure that the galaxy remains safe. And as we saw in Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings, Carol is a part of that team. She's also a close friend of Nick Fury, who will undoubtedly call upon her when she's needed to help stop another major threat. And if you've been keeping up with all of the titles in the Multiverse Saga, you'll know that another threat is on the horizon for the MCU heroes.

The Avengers will unite again in Avengers 5 and Avengers: Secret Wars and it's safe to say that Captain Marvel will be involved in at least (but quite possibly both) of those movies. She's probably the strongest hero in terms of raw power and energy, and with a foe like Kang The Conqueror looking to bend the multiverse to his will, the Avengers will need all of the power they can get in order to stop him.

One way or another, Captain Marvel will return; let's just hope that it's in a third solo movie, too!

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