Why Brie Larson Returned as Captain Marvel for New Disney Cruise Show (Exclusive)

It’s been a minute since the Avengers last met in 2019 End of Gameand as fans eagerly await news on avengers 5, a new MCU-themed experience gives fans a taste of what this epic crossover team will love. During the Avengers: Quantum Encounter mini-movie aboard Disney Cruise Line’s Worlds of Marvel restaurant, Ant-Man and the Wasp are joined by Sam Wilson’s Cap, Ms. Marvel and Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel ahead of his upcoming 2023 sequel film.


After 2019 Captain MarvelBrie Larson has only been seen in Avengers: Endgame and in a post-credits scene for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

His lack of presence is something other MCU projects and their characters have referenced throughout Phase 4. And, while fans will have to wait until Wonders to find out the reason for her MIA status, Worlds of Marvel aboard the Disney Wish managed to bring the heroine back ahead of its upcoming 2023 sequel.

Why Disney Always Wanted Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel

Brie Larson Captain Marvel Disney Cruise

Aboard Disney Cruise Line‘s newest ship, the Disney Wish, the MCU-inspired Worlds of Marvel Restaurant offers an interactive mini-movie/adventure known as Avengers: Quantum Encounter.

Hosted by Ant-Man by Paul Rudd and Wasp by Evangeline Lilly, quantum encounter is intended to be an Avengers tech showcase that goes off the rails when Ultron – an example of Avenger tech gone awry – crashes the party. To save the day, a number of new Avengers gather aboard the ship, including Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel.

Speaking with Worlds of Marvel creative director Danny Handke, The Direct learned that Disney Imagineering “always had Captain Marvel” on their must-have list:

“When it came to choosing which Avengers, as part of the final show, we always had Captain Marvel. We started working on that in 2018; it was kind of the newest movie at the time. And, her powers at night on the top deck of the ship – which makes for a really cool battle arena – her flight and binary powers just made a lot of sense and would be really fun, so she was always someone that we wanted to use.

Just as they imagined in 2018, Captain Marvel’s impressive power set is on full display during the dinner show and above Disney Wish’s upper decks.

Brie Larson Captain Marvel Powers

When asked where Disney Imagineering filmed Brie Larson for her role in Avengers: Quantum EncounterHandke explained that he and Disney had “to chase productions around the world:”

“We did this while the pandemic was going on and into 2021. So we had to pursue productions around the world and shoot everything separately and then myself and my team had to put everything together in post. So we shot Iman [Vellani] and Brie in London at the start of production for Wonders. We shot Paul [Rudd] and Evangeline [Lilly] as they prepared the production for Quantumaniathen Anthony [Mackie] we shot in Los Angeles. He was here for the opening of the Avengers Campus. He stayed an extra day to film with us.”

Quantum Encounter Teases Team Marvels

Brie Larson Captain Marvel MCU

marvel worlds quantum encounter the show aboard the Disney Wish is 100 percent made by MCU fans for MCU fans; and despite the planning and effort that went into creating the series, it’s surprisingly up to date with its Marvel content.

Between scenes for quantum encounterscreens around the restaurant highlight a variety of tech and MCU characters using footage from Marvel movies and even recent Disney+ shows like Hawk Eye, Wanda Visionand Loki.

Despite new Marvel projects and characters, such as Ms. Marvel and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier‘s Captain America, having such an influence on the restaurant show, it’s interesting that Captain Marvel has always been a constant.

While Imagineering wanted his character even before his solo movie came out, the footage they got for the show is something of a preview of their team in the sequel, especially since it was filmed on the shooting of Wonders.

Even though Disney’s Marvel experiences in their parks and on their cruise ships are not considered canon, Worlds of Marvel’s quantum encounter will still be where Captain Marvel made his first action-packed post-actionEnd of Game return and where audiences saw their first team-up with future co-star Ms. Marvel.

Avengers: Quantum Encounter and the Disney Wish officially set sail on July 14; Wonders is set to debut on July 28, 2023.

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