Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, will be making her big screen debut in March 2019. That may still be eight months away, but Avengers: Infinity War has already brought Captain Marvel into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In a post-credits scene, we see the impact of Thanos’s new power as the wave of disappearing humans reaches New York. Nick Fury and Maria Hill get out of their car to behold the chaos—but neither is immune to the effects of the Infinity Gauntlet. Just before he evaporates, Fury sends out one final message. The device he’s using clatters to the ground as he fades away, and the camera turns to the device which now shows Captain Marvel’s insignia and colors.
Captain Marvel, the first solo feature film in the MCU helmed by a female hero, is already promising to be unique. It will take place in the ‘90s and will supposedly take a novel approach to the superhero origin story, rather than repeating the same formula we’ve seen so far. The movie has already made history by hiring Krypton composer Pinar Toprak to score. She will be the first female composer to do so for a superhero film.
Captain Marvel is one of the heavy hitters of the Marvel Universe, and according to Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, she will be the strongest superhero yet to enter the MCU. So far, what we know about the plot is that Captain Marvel will be caught in an intergalactic battle between the Kree and the Skrulls.
Carol Danvers became Captain Marvel over several decades and many twists and turns. Danvers originally got her powers during an explosion of the Psyche-Magnitron, a Kree wishing machine that can access all the schematics for every Kree weapon ever made and replicate them at will. Mar-Vell, a Kree spy turned human protector, and Danvers are present when it explodes. Mar-Vell’s Kree D.N.A. merges with Danvers’s D.N.A., resulting in Danvers taking on Kree attributes. There are some versions of the origin story that imply that Danvers wished for the ability to protect others at the time of the explosion, which may also have contributed to her considerable strength. Regardless, this is how our hero comes to be. Well, that is, after spending some time in a coma, dealing with a period of having split personalities, and trying to find a way to honor the life and death of Mar-Vell.
At the time of Fury calling Captain Marvel, almost 30 years have passed since the events of the Captain Marvel film. There have been no other mentions of Danvers in the MCU up to this point, and for all intents and purposes, Iron Man is the first “out” hero. So, why would Fury call Captain Marvel? Here are eight possible reasons.
Captain Marvel is an excellent leader
Carol Danvers was trained by the Air Force, worked for NASA as a security captain, and even led the Avengers for a while. She is not new to combat and she keeps a cool head when under attack. Even Captain America knows it’s time to listen when Captain Marvel, who just so happens to outrank him, barks out orders. With the Avengers in such disarray and many of the heroes now erased from existence, they will be in desperate need of a good leader. Captain Marvel will be able to rally the troops.
She’s mad durable and super strong
Captain Marvel is made of tough stuff. She has superhuman strength and can take a serious beating, even withstanding actual disintegration. When a villain manufactures an overload of the then-Ms. Marvel’s powers, she explodes and seems to die. Over a number of issues, she literally reintegrates the disparate parts of herself who appear as glowing multi-colored reflections of Danvers’s body. Can you imagine the sheer force of will?
She doesn’t fear her emotions, but rather lets them guide her
Unlike some heroes (I’m looking at you, Star-Lord), Captain Marvel knows how to keep her wits about her. That’s not to say she doesn’t get angry or even sometimes lose control, but overall, she doesn’t let her emotions control her — and she doesn't let fear control her emotions. Instead, she sees her feelings as a source of direction and strength. When her father decided to send her brother to college instead of her, despite her pleadings, Danvers quickly learned that she had to rely on herself. She took her anger at her father and channeled it into righteous determination when she joined the Air Force, persevering despite her father’s clear favoritism.
The Infinity Stones
If you’ve seen the Collector explain the origin of the Infinity Stones in Guardians of the Galaxy, they each contain a force, or energy, that has existed since before the dawn of time. Well, energy absorption and manipulation is kind of Captain Marvel’s thing. While there are limits to her abilities, such as the aftereffects she experiences when she absorbs magical energy, there is no hero better suited to solving energy-related problems. Even if Captain Marvel can’t directly absorb or manipulate the energy of the Stones, there is certainly precedent for her being able to wield the Reality Stone.
She can take the fight to Thanos
Not only is she powerful, durable, and a great leader, but Captain Marvel also has both the ability to fly and to survive in space. She can fly at about six times the speed of sound, so it is completely feasible that she would not only be able fight Thanos on her own turf, but could easily take the battle to him on another planet or in space. Furthermore, Captain Marvel is no novice when it comes to matters cosmic. She’s been the head of the S.W.O.R.D. and has helped the Guardians of the Galaxy on their intergalactic adventures.
Thanos’s strengths play into Captain Marvel’s hands
Once the stones are stripped away from Thanos, a feat almost achieved in Infinity War, he’ll still be a lot to handle. Remember, he trounced Thor and the Hulk without a complete set of Stones. In addition to super strength, one of Thanos’s abilities is to absorb and project huge amounts of cosmic energy. If, and when, he shoots that at Captain Marvel, he will just be powering her up. The more energy she absorbs, the stronger she gets, even building up to the strength of a nuclear bomb—and that’s without going Binary. Danvers has the ability to convert that energy into concussive energy blasts that she shoots out of her hands. She can absorb various types of energy, including lightning. Hmmm, I wonder who she could partner up with?
She could go Binary
When Captain Marvel draws on a white hole, which is the inverse of a black hole, she transforms into her alter ego Binary, a version of herself who is capable of generating power on the scale of a star.
She’s not afraid of sacrifice
Above all, Captain Marvel is a team player and a hero. She is willing to make any sacrifice necessary to protect her team and our planet. In the comics, when she discovers that she is intimately connected to an evil Kree warrior hellbent on rebuilding a new Hala on top of New York City, Danvers flies into outer space fully well-aware that doing so will completely erase her memories and personality. It’s the only way to defeat him, and she’s willing to pay the price.