The Russos just accidentally confirmed Captain Marvel for Avengers: Infinity War

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May 6, 2016, 11:45 AM EDT

Even though the movie will be chock-full of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, it looks like Captain Marvel will make her eagerly anticipated Marvel Cinematic Universe debut ahead of her solo movie in Avengers: Infinity War - Part I.

The news was accidentally confirmed by the Russo Brothers (the news was reported by and you can see some reactions here: #MarvelatSI) during an event at the Smithsonian Institute. While speaking about the highly anticipated Infinity War, the dynamic directing duo let slip Captain Marvel’s name. Oops! 

When a fan quickly asked “did you just confirm Captain Marvel” the Russos tried to backtrack by replying “Um....Captain Barvel. Totally different character.” Too late, guys! The news also seem to support rumors Marvel will announce the actress who'll play the character over the course of the summer.

While I’m sure the Avengers won’t recruit the help of Captain Barvel in their fight against the Mad Titan, it looks like Carol Danvers will suit up to help our superheroes against Thanos (Josh Brolin). Frankly, I'm not surprised the character will be introduced in Infinity War before we get to her solo entry. Marvel’s just done it -- successfully I might add -- with Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and the new Spider-Man (Tom Holland) in the excellent Captain America: Civil War. Out today. Go see it!!!

Created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gene Nolan, Major Carol Danvers first appeared in the pages of Marvel Comics in 1968’s Marvel Super-Heroes #13 as a member of the United States Air Force. She then debuted as the first incarnation of Ms. Marvel in her own title, Ms. Marvel #1 in 1977, after a merging of alien Kree and human genes gave her awesome superhuman powers (1969’s Captain Marvel #18). She officially assumed the mantle of Captain Marvel in July 2012, in a new ongoing series written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, illustrated by Dexter Soy.

In a separate interview with Collider, the Civil War directors hinted that Infinity War will be going off-world for the movie (which totally makes sense). Here's what Joe Russo said:

We still have rules where we want everything to be based in physics in some way, or departing from our universe, or going to somewhere fantastical that the rules are very clear to the audience about how physics operates in that space. So we’re using a lot of real world influences for our cosmic approach and while you can’t bring a level of “realism” because a lot of things that you’re dealing with in that space are theoretical, what you can do is bring a psychological realism to it and the characters can have a psychology that is relatable in a human storytelling level.

Are you excited to see Carol Danvers make her cinematic debut in Avengers: Infinity War - Part I on May 4, 2018 before headlining her Captain Marvel solo movie on March 8, 2019?

(via Comic Book, Collider)