At present, the Captain Marvel movie is roughly set to launch July 6, 2018. Sure, that day happens to be my birthday but it seems like a million light-years ahead of right now.
What rubs salt in the wound that little bit more is the fact that we so nearly had Captain Marvel appear in Netflix's Jessica Jones. Writer / showrunner / all-round TV Goddess Melissa Rosenberg explained to IGN her choice to remove Carol Danvers (aka Captain Marvel [aka Binary / Warbird, too, I guess]) from Jessica Jones:
"Back when it was at ABC Network, I did use Carol Danvers, but between then and when it ended up on Netflix, you know, the MCU shifted, and it also shifted away from the universe in the [comic] book.
So in the book, the powers are very out in the open and the themes of that are about ‘the other,’ and in the cinematic universe that’s not the mythology. So there was a lot that I had to move away from, just in terms of sheer plot, and Carol Danvers got her own movie."
Much as I would love to see Captain Marvel on screen ASAP - preferably in the form of fan favorite Ronda Rousey - I have to agree with Rosenberg. The Netflix Jessica Jones was very much a gritty NO CAPES zone, and Captain Marvel will have a better chance to shine in the jollier, costumed Marvel Cinematic Universe of The Avengers et al.
Besides, what we lost in Carol Danvers we gained in abundance with Trish 'Patsy' Walker, played to perfection by the lovely Rachael Taylor. Her sunny determination provided a great contrast to Jessica's alcoholic ass-kicking. Rosenberg elaborates on this point:
"But as it turned out, Patsy Walker ended up being an incredibly—a much more appropriate fit with Jessica. It was better that her best friend was not someone with powers. It actually ends up being a really great mirror for her."
You can check out the full interview with Roseberg below if you so wish.
There's a lot of great stuff still waiting for us in the Marvel Cinematic (and Televisual) Universe, so let's enjoy these projects as they come to us. There's no need to go... ALL IN.
Personally, I really enjoyed seeing the Trish in Netflix's Jessica Jones, but what did you guys think?