2019’s “Captain Marvel” arguably gave us the best version of Nick Fury in the MCU — one who gushes over flerkins disguised as ordinary household cats and impromptu sings The Marvelettes’ “Please Mr. Postman” while washing dishes with the titular hero, Carol Danvers (Brie Larson). Thankfully, it sounds as though “The Marvels” will see that playful side of Fury re-emerge as he reunites with Carol, which should make for an invigorating change of pace after Fury spent the entirety of “Secret Invasion” being constantly told how old and tired he seems.
“When we get to spend time with Nick Fury as he interacts with Carol Danvers, we see a different side of Nick that’s truly delightful and sweet,” said executive producer Mary Livanos. “Carol and Nick have a deeper relationship than most of the other characters in the MCU. So we get to see more of a laid-back, fun Fury than we’ve seen before.”
“The Marvels” itself promises to mark a similar tonal shift from the dour (and, quite frankly, boring) affair that was “Secret Invasion,” pairing Carol with her fellow superheroes Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) and Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) for an adventure that sees them switching places every time they use their powers. “I think superhero fatigue absolutely exists,” said DaCosta. “The biggest difference from the other MCU movies to date is that it’s really wacky, and silly.”
Could “The Marvels” even go so far as to redeem “Secret Invasion” and its many mistakes? Probably not, but between it and “Loki” season 2, the combined powers of Carol Danvers and friends might just be enough to end what’s been an exceptionally rough year for the MCU on a stronger note. The film will fly into theaters on November 10, 2023.