Over the past decade or so of filmmaking, the superhero genre has quickly become the most dominating force in filmmaking. With three shared universes currently battling for box office supremacy, it seems like just about everyone is getting in on a comic book adaptation. This includes even the great Anette Bening, who will make her genre debut with Marvel’s upcoming blockbuster Captain Marvel. The penultimate movie in the shared universe’s Phase Three, the highly anticipated movie will bring Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers into the narrative, as well as a cast of new supporting characters. Unfortunately, Bening’s role is a complete mystery. In fact, she’s not even sure what she’s allowed to talk about.
Well, this is certainly intriguing. While Anette Bening is unable to break new news about her role in Captain Marvel, she seems to have had the full comic book movie experience– which will only increase speculation and theorizing.
Anette Bening’s Marvel-ous comments, which come from her recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, are sure to excite the rabid Marvel fanbase– as well as cinephiles who have followed the actress’ long career. Not everyone involved in Marvel movies gets to do the fun stuff, as there are plenty of supporting characters who don’t get involved in the big action sequences. Bening seems to hint that she’s involved in major conflicts, but who could she be playing?
The most common theory about Anette Bening’s Captain Marvel role is that she may be Carol Danver’s mother. This seems logical, as the film’s first trailer revealed how much of the blockbuster will be focused on Carol’s life and psyche. As she attempts to remember her life on Earth before gaining massive powers and joining Starforce, there will be scenes harkening all the way back to the character’s childhood. Parents have always played a major role in the MCU, and getting Anette Benning to play Brie Larson’s mother sounds like a major win.
Then again, it would be awesome if directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck surprises audiences, and give Anette Bening an action-heavy role. She’s among just a few actors with undisclosed roles, so perhaps Marvel has big plans for her secret appearance. The MCU loves plot twists and secrets, so there’s really no telling how it’ll all go down.
Everything will be revealed when Captain Marvel arrives in theaters on March 8, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.