(WARNING: The following contains a minor plot SPOILER or two for Marvel's recently released Doctor Strange, as well as possible details of a future Captain Marvel movie. Proceed with whatever level of caution the all-seeing Eye of Agamotto suggests to you is wise.)
Now, #MarvelStudios' upcoming #CaptainMarvel may not be set to hit theaters until March 2019, but that hasn't stopped us from becoming collectively obsessed with working out when we'll first see #BrieLarson's take on the iconic Carol Danvers in the #MCU. After all, with #AvengersInfinityWar coming in 2018, there seems every chance that we could see the Captain make her debut long before her solo movie arrives. What's more, it seems that a certain #Marvel-ous doctor may just have teased Danvers's imminent arrival all by himself.
Y'see, as it turns out...
Doctor Strange Might Just Be Hiding A Huge Captain Marvel-Themed Easter Egg
(Note: This is where those aforementioned plot SPOILERS really start to kick in.)
Y'see, during the course of Marvel's recently released #DoctorStrange, we see the (at that point not so) good doctor driving along a hillside road, while on the phone, trying to find an interesting new patient or two. One that seemed of particular interest to Strange — just before his life took an unusual turn at the next bend — was that of a 22-year-old woman who had been struck by lightning. The reason it was so intriguing? The woman had an electronic implant in her brain designed to combat her schizophrenia.
So far, so medically interesting, sure, but what does that have to do with Captain Marvel? After all, as any dedicated Marvel nerd can tell you, the comic book Captain first gained her powers via a complicated series of Kree-related mishaps, largely involving an alien device exploding while she was in the immediate vicinity. As it turns out, though...
The MCU's Captain Marvel Is Set To Have A Very Different Origin
That, at least, was what Captain Marvel screenwriter Nicole Perlman suggested back in August, noting that:
"If you were just going to do a straight adaptation of the comics, [Captain Marvel's] origin story is very similar to Green Lantern. And obviously, that’s not what we want to do. There’s a lot of reinvention that needs to happen. And also, she’s her own person and she’s a great character. We have to be aware of what’s happened in other Marvel film and makes sure that her particular storyline is unique and fun and also fits in within this world that’s going on at the same time."
Which, of course, means that it's entirely possible that the 22-year old on the end of that lightning strike could (just maybe) be Carol Danvers. After all, with the early stages of Doctor Strange taking place a few years back in the MCU's chronology, it seems entirely possible that Brie Larson (who is currently 27) could be playing a character who was only 22 during Doctor Strange's earliest scenes. Plus, of course, there's the fact that when EW recently asked Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson whether the reference was indeed to Carol Danvers, he had this to say (along with, apparently, a rather large grin):
"Remember that Brittany Murphy movie where she goes ‘I’ll never tell…'?"
Which, as well as being a rare reference to the 2001 thriller Don't Say a Word, sure does seem to be teasing something. Whether that is indeed Carol Danvers' secret origin, or simply an entirely unrelated character, though, very much remains to be seen. Not least because it's entirely possible that Derrickson could just be screwing with us all.
What do you think, though? Was that Doctor Strange reference a nod to Carol "Captain Marvel" Danvers, or to someone else entirely? Let us know below!