Marvel Studios has officially announced the start of production on Captain Marvel. Production actually began in Los Angeles last week (plus a couple days of shooting back in January), but the studio is making it official with a new behind-the-scenes photo.

Star Brie Larson is pictured with Brigadier General Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing Commander, at Nellis Air Force Base. Larson was there last month doing research for her character, Carol Danvers, who is a member of the United States Air Force before she gets her super powers.

Marvel Studios also announced the full cast for the film, including the return of some major Marvel Cinematic Universe characters.

As previously announced, Samuel L. Jackson is reprising his iconic MCU role as Nick Fury. He will not be the only member of S.H.I.E.L.D. returning, however, as Clark Gregg is also back as Agent Phil Coulson!

Lee Pace and Djimon Honsou from Guardians of the Galaxy return as Ronan the Accuser and Korath the pursuer, respectively. Their characters died in GotG (and Coulson “died” in The Avengers), but Captain Marvel is set in the 1990s, before Ronan and Korath met their end (GotG was set in Earth year 2014).

The full cast list also confirms which actors will make their MCU debut alongside Larson. Ben Mendelsohn, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, McKenna Grace, and Jude Law are all on board. None of their roles were officially announced, but Law is playing Mar-Vell while Mendelsohn is believed to be the film’s chief antagonist and Chan will play Minn-Erva.

McKenna Grace acted alongside Captain America himself, Chris Evans, in last year’s Gifted. She could be playing a young version of Larson’s Carol Danvers, or Captain Marvel’s biggest fan from the comics, a little girl named Kit Renner.

Marvel Studios also released a very brief synopsis that teases previously revealed information about the film.

The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The intergalactic conflict in there is the Kree-Skrull War. The Kree are the alien race from which Danvers gets her powers. Ronan, if you’ll recall from GotG, is also Kree, as are Law’s Mar-Vell and Chan’s Minn-Erva.

I have been holding out hope that Mendelsohn’s unidentified villain will be the Kree Supreme Intelligence, but this cast list builds on the rumor that the actor is a leader of the Skrulls. The Kree are well represented with Ronan and Minn-Erva, so the Skrulls will need a credible leader. Mendelsohn can be just that.

Still, I’m crossing my fingers that we’ll get to see the Kree Supreme Intelligence anyway.

Get all the details on Captain Marvel‘s production via the full press release below!

PRODUCTION UNDERWAY ON MARVEL STUDIOS’ “CAPTAIN MARVEL” 

PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY HAS BEGUN IN LOS ANGELES FOR MARCH 8, 2019 RELEASE

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (March 26, 2018) – Marvel Studios has begun principal photography in Los Angeles, California, on its newest film, “Captain Marvel.” The production is shooting in and around the greater Los Angeles area, which will also serve as the production base for the film. The production will also shoot on location in Fresno, California, as well as locations in Louisiana, including Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Set for release in the United States on March 8, 2019, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is directed by the writing/directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, whose credits include “Mississippi Grind” and “Half Nelson.” An all-star collective of accomplished writers penned the screenplay, including Meg LeFauve (“Inside Out,” “The Good Dinosaur”),  Nicole Perlman (upcoming “First Man,” Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Geneva Robertson-Dworet (“Tomb Raider,” upcoming “Sherlock Holmes 3”), Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch (“Glow”), and Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck.

The film stars Academy Award® winner Brie Larson (“Room,” “Kong: Skull Island”), Samuel L. Jackson (Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “The Hateful Eight”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Ready Player One”), Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Lee Pace (“The Book of Henry,” Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Lashana Lynch (“Brotherhood,” “Fast Girls”), Gemma Chan (“Humans,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”), Algenis Perez Soto (“Sambá,” “Sugar”), Rune Temte (“Eddie The Eagle,” “The Last Kingdom”), McKenna Grace (“I, Tonya,” “Gifted”), with Clark Gregg (“Live by Night,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”), and Jude Law (“Spy,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”).

The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.  Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Kevin Feige is the producer of Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel.” Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patty Whitcher and Stan Lee are executive producers, with Lars Winther serving as co-producer/first assistant director and David Grant serving as co-producer.

Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s creative team includes director of photography Ben Davis (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri,” Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange,”), Oscar®- nominated production designer Andy Nicholson (“Gravity,” “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”), costume designer Sanja Hays (“The Fate of the Furious,” “Star Trek: Beyond”), editors Elliot Graham (“Steve Jobs,” “Molly’s Game,”) and Debbie Berman (Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming”), two-time Oscar nominee, visual effects supervisor Christopher Townsend (Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”), stunt coordinator Jim Churchman (Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange” and “Ant-Man” ) and six-time Oscar nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Black Panther”).

Based on the Marvel comic character first appearing in 1968, “Captain Marvel”  continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man,”  “Captain America: Civil War,” “Doctor Strange,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Thor: Ragnarok” and, most recently, “Black Panther.”

With the release of “Black Panther” in February, Marvel Studios continued its unprecedented success. At the time of release, the film recorded the second biggest opening weekend of all time with $202 million and is on track to the become the highest grossing superhero film at the domestic box office. The film has grossed over $1.1 billion worldwide to date. “Black Panther” propelled the Marvel brand’s #1 domestic box-office opening streak to a record-breaking 18 consecutive films.