Movies to Watch Before THE MARVELS 2023

In the final release of 2023 from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “The Marvels,” there are nine impeccable films and series worth viewing before the sequel to Captain Marvel. The narrative of “The Marvels” will grapple with certain challenges that the MCU has generated over the past few years. With Marvel’s expansion into Disney+, numerous characters were introduced through the series, posing a quandary for fans who may have missed a show or two amidst the plethora of entries in Phase 4, the first to integrate Disney+.

The cast of “The Marvels” features two protagonists who made their debut in series: Teyonah Parris portrays the elder Monica Rambeau, and Iman Vellani embodies Kamala Khan. While viewers may not encounter much difficulty in recalling Monica, given her introduction in the popular series “WandaVision,” Kamala’s MCU series, “Ms. Marvel,” experienced the lowest premiere viewership among all MCU TV shows, potentially leaving a significant portion of the fanbase unacquainted with her. These series represent merely two of the MCU installments that will influence “The Marvels.” For those seeking either a refresher on the journey thus far or those who may have missed certain projects, here are the nine MCU films and series to indulge in prior to “The Marvels.”

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy

Although no significant plot elements from “Guardians of the Galaxy” appear to be directly relevant to “The Marvels,” there exists a unique connection between the two. “The Marvels” will introduce a similar type of weaponry wielded by Ronan the Accuser in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The antagonist of the Captain Marvel sequel, Dar-Benn, can be observed brandishing the same type of “Universal Weapon” utilized by Ronan in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” as depicted in the trailers and promotional images for “The Marvels.” This inaugural film of the MCU’s cosmic ensemble also acquainted audiences with the Kree, with Ronan’s encounter with Carol Danvers later detailed in “Captain Marvel.”

  1. Avengers: Infinity War

While none of the central trio from “The Marvels” had debuted in the MCU at the time of “Avengers: Infinity War’s” release in 2018, the film laid the groundwork for Carol Danvers’ initial two appearances in the MCU. The post-credits scene of “Avengers: Infinity War” showcased Nick Fury, portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson, succumbing to Thanos’ snap, but not before transmitting a distress signal to summon Captain Marvel back to Earth. Given Nick Fury’s slated involvement in “The Marvels” and the recent exposition of how the Blip influenced Fury and his subsequent decisions upon resurrection, revisiting “Avengers: Infinity War” serves as a poignant refresher ahead of “The Marvels.”

  1. Captain Marvel

The pivotal precursor to “The Marvels” is the 2019 film, “Captain Marvel.” This movie unveiled Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, affording insight into the inner workings of the Kree Empire and chronicling Carol’s journey of memory recovery, salvation of the Skrulls, and her evolution into Captain Marvel. A young version of Monica Rambeau, portrayed by Parris, also made her debut in the film, with her mother, Maria, holding a significant role as Carol’s closest confidante. “Captain Marvel” expounded upon the reasons for the MCU hero’s absence, illuminated the burgeoning bond between Carol and Nick Fury, and documented her commitment to aiding the Skrulls in finding a new homeland. Multiple plot points from “Captain Marvel” are poised to feature prominently in “The Marvels.”

  1. Avengers: Endgame

“Avengers: Endgame” carried forth Captain Marvel’s odyssey within the MCU post her standalone film, with Carol playing a pivotal role in the rescue of Iron Man and Nebula from their interstellar straits. Carol showcased the full extent of her powers in the film, fundamentally altering the course of events for the Avengers by obliterating Thanos’ colossal spacecraft and engaging in a solo showdown with the Mad Titan, persisting until Thanos wielded the Power Stone. A revisit of “Avengers: Endgame” in anticipation of “The Marvels” not only commemorates the second-most significant milestone in Captain Marvel’s narrative thus far, but also provides an opportunity to witness the MCU at the zenith of its prowess once more.

  1. Spider-Man: Far From Home

For the majority of “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” it appeared that Nick Fury was aiding Peter Parker, portrayed by Tom Holland, in contending with the Elementals and Mysterio. Yet, the second post-credits scene of “Spider-Man: Far From Home” unveiled that this was a misdirection. The Skrull known as Talos had assumed the identity of Fury during the events of the film, with Jackson’s character actually positioned in space, collaborating with other Skrulls aboard the SABER space station. This revelation bears significance, as the trailer for “The Marvels” has hinted at the pivotal role that SABER and Fury’s space mission will play in the narrative.

  1. WandaVision

“WandaVision,” the inaugural MCU television series, constitutes essential viewing ahead of “The Marvels.” The series reacquainted viewers with Monica Rambeau from Captain Marvel, now an adult serving with SWORD. It unveiled the adversities Monica faced during the five years she had been absent, after falling victim to Thanos’ snap. Upon her return, Monica is confronted with the heartrending revelation of her mother’s passing. Later in the series, Parris’ character traverses the Hex wall conjured by the Scarlet Witch, bestowing her with extraordinary abilities. The series also portrays Monica’s lingering resentment towards Carol for her extended absence and her summons to space by Fury—both of which are poised to be pivotal in “The Marvels.”

  1. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” adeptly introduced a new MCU luminary through exhilarating combat sequences and featured Captain Marvel’s most recent cinematic appearance. Carol Danvers appeared alongside Bruce Banner through holographic interfaces in dialogue with Wong, Shang-Chi, and Katy regarding the Ten Rings. The protagonists discern that the Ten Rings are transmitting a signal to an undisclosed destination. Given the prevailing speculation linking the Ten Rings and Ms. Marvel’s bangle, Carol Danvers’ cameo in the film could potentially hold relevance in “The Marvels.”

  1. Ms. Marvel

Another indispensable entry in the MCU canon for an enriched comprehension of “The Marvels” is Disney+’s “Ms. Marvel.” The series introduced Kamala Khan, portrayed by Iman Vellani, detailing her acquisition of powers from a mystical bangle and her journey towards becoming a heroine. In addition to acquainting viewers with Kamala and her familial milieu, which is slated for reprisal in “The Marvels,” “Ms. Marvel” delves into the mystique surrounding the bangle, an element of significance in light of the fact that the antagonist of “The Marvels,” Dar-Benn, has been depicted as possessing the complementary bangle. The final episode of “Ms. Marvel” culminated in a post-credits sequence wherein Kamala inexplicably swaps places with Captain Marvel, a phenomenon set to recur with all three heroes in the film, serving as the impetus driving “The Marvels.”

  1. Secret Invasion

The most recent addition to the MCU panorama that intersects with “The Marvels” is “Secret Invasion.” This series is intricately connected to Captain Marvel and also serves as a prologue to the forthcoming film, rendering it indispensable viewing for preparatory insight into “The Marvels.” “Secret Invasion” employs flashbacks and contemporaneous scenes to elucidate how Nick Fury orchestrated an espionage network on Earth with the collaboration of the Skrulls, promising them a new abode in concert with Captain Marvel. When this pledge remains unfulfilled, a Skrull named Gravik radicalizes a faction of Skrulls in an attempt to seize control of Earth. The series unveils staggering revelations, including significant casualties, the revelation of Fury’s nuptials to a Skrull, and more. The denouement of “Secret Invasion” sees Fury and his spouse embarking for the SABER space station, en route to a peace summit between the Skrulls and the Kree, setting the stage for “The Marvels.”

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