Spoiler warning now: if you haven’t gotten a chance to see “Captain Marvel“ or hell, even “Avengers: Infinity War” just yet, do not read on.
With over a month to go until the “Avengers: Endgame” (April 26, get here faster), we’re left contemplating just how Carol Danvers might save the universe. “Captain Marvel,” the last MCU film to debut before the sobfest that is sure to be “Avengers: Endgame,” has fans buzzing with theories about just how the flying superhero will factor into the biggest Marvel film to date. Could she be the final ally strong enough to turn the tides against Thanos, or have the Avengers, Guardians, and Asgardians met their match? Here’s everything we know about Carol, “Captain Marvel,” and just how “Avengers: Endgame” might play out.
What We Learned From “Captain Marvel”
For brevity’s sake, it’s easier to just list off what we know:
- Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) is a badass Kree/human hybrid superhero with the abilities of flight, strength, power blasts, and much, much more. These powers, which Carol is still figuring out at the end of the film, are obviously going to become very important during “Avengers: Endgame.”
- After being manipulated by Kree soldier Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), to kill Skrulls, an innocent race of aliens, she becomes an ally to the Skrulls and vows to find them a permanent home and to protect them from the Kree. This vow is also the reason why she’s not on Earth to meet the other superheroes or fight Thanos the first time around.
- An accident with Yon-Rogg, a plane with space capabilities, and the death of her real, true mentor Mar-Vell (Annette Bening) gives her a range of powers and a bad case of amnesia. Trying to fill in the blanks, Carol, best friend Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and cat/tentacle space monster Goose go to Mar-Vell’s secret space lab, where we discover the Tesseract. Yep, that’s where the Tesseract ended up: not at the bottom of the ocean, but in a space lab with alien refugees.
- Goose the cat/tentacle space monster swallows the Tesseract and keeps it safe during the latter half of “Captain Marvel,” coughing it up on Fury’s desk in an end-credits scene. Goose is responsible for bringing that damn Tesseract back into play, and also took one of Fury’s eyes. Goose is terrifying, but also adorable.
What We Know About “Avengers: Endgame”
So, “Avengers: Infinity War” ended with half of life in the universe dead, and a whole lot of superheroes dusted. Iron Man, the only survivor stuck out in space, has spent five years wasting away and his air is running out, though according to the most recent trailer, he might have one more trick up his sleeve. The remaining Avengers have been dealing with the Earth’s fallout from the Snap, while Hawkeye has turned into the moody Ronin, running around slaughtering bad guys with some sick blades. Everyone’s living their darkest timeline, pretty much…except for Ant-Man, who survived the Snap by dint of being in the quantum realm at the time.
This leads me to my first prediction for the plot of “Avengers: Endgame.” I mean…we’re all in agreement that the dusted superheroes are probably all in one place, trying to get back, right? Maybe they’ve been sent to some sort of other realms by the Infinity Gauntlet, rather than dying as Thanos intended? Realistically, there’s no way half of the cast will be absent until the end of the film; there aren’t enough flashback sequences in the world to fill that hole, especially since a few of those heroes already have follow-up projects in the works (“Black Panther 2,” “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” some of those Disney+ shows…). I have a feeling Wanda or Dr. Strange will be leading the effort to fix things from their end, while Captain Marvel, the remaining Avengers, and Guardians, and possibly Valkyrie work from theirs (I better see Tessa Thompson in this film, so help me God).
Where Carol Danvers Potentially Fits in “Avengers: Endgame”
Enter Carol Danvers. Captain Marvel has, supposedly, been away up until Fury sent out a distress call from the souped-up pager, which Cap, Black Widow and Bruce Banner found and continued to send out in that “Captain Marvel” end scene. Though Carol seems to spook the Avengers, I have a feeling Natasha Romanov will be happy she’s on their side, once she stretches her spider skills and finds out about Carol’s military past. Cap, Rhodey and Bruce will probably recognize that Carol is mighty and powerful and stay out of her way, while Thor (who tried to intimidate her in the recent trailer) will become her closest ally of the Avengers.
But I don’t think Carol’s coming in without some backup of her own, be it information, some more secret superpowers, or even reinforcements. Carol can travel at six times the speed of sound, and The Snap killed half of life in the universe, not just Earth. She had to have noticed the massacre and heard rumors about Thanos before The Snap. Was she really that far away and just missed the battle at Wakanda, or did she have some other folks to round up before returning? Since she’ll be rushing past Tony Stark, stuck floating in the vastness of space, I’m sure at least Iron Man will be hitching a ride back with her. Maybe she’ll find some stray Asgardians as well? Loki’s death in “Avengers: Infinity War” was fairly suspicious, and the obvious slips away at one point, only to return and die protecting the others. He must have helped some of the others off the ship, and they’re sure to be floating around, lost and angry, in space as well. I think that “Captain Marvel” end credits scene is only showing part of the story, and it’s likely she didn’t come to Earth alone.
Could Carol Be The Key To A Time Or Space Traveling Fix For The Snap?
And now, the pièce de résistance of “Captain Marvel”: Carol Danvers’ numerous, awe-inspiring powers, which weren’t fully realized in her solo film. She’s closer to Thanos’ weight-class than any of the other superheroes and can absorb enormous amounts of energy, along with the ability to fly and travel through space without difficulty. In the comics, Carol Danvers also once went by Binary, with the power to tap into the energy of a “white hole” and control stellar energy. She can literally control star power, y’all.
All of this means that, if the remaining superhero figure out how to rescue their dusted allies (by time travel or by going to whatever realm the Infinity Gauntlet might have sent them to), Captain Marvel will be their best bet to get there. Her powers put her on, it seems to me, as close to equal footing as she could get with Thanos, and Thor’s hinted at camaraderie with her could mean a team up to take the gauntlet and kill Thanos. Carol’s power blasts might also be able to finally destroy the damn gauntlet itself, which could theoretically undo all of the gauntlet’s previous actions? Returning all the dusted superheroes back to Earth??? In any case, Captain Marvel is the one ally the other Marvel superheroes didn’t have on their side the first time around. And she might be their only chance for reversing the Snap and beating Thanos, once and for all.
“Captain Marvel” is in theaters now, and “Avengers: Endgame” premieres April 26. Watch the latest trailer for “Avengers: Endgame” below.