There've been lots of rumors flying around that Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel may be showing up at some point during this year's Avengers 2: Age of Ultron movie.
For those of you who may not know, Captain Marvel will actually be getting her own solo film on November 2, 2018. Many fans across the vast expanse of the internet have been fan-casting this character for a long time now. The actresses that have been chosen by fans have all been great candidates as far as accomplishing the visual aspect of [Captain Marvel](movie:949779).
Here's a list of some of the more popular choices of actresses:
I think, just from the looks of most of these actresses, they have great potential. Plus, having actors from such great television shows and movies, it's a little reassuring that they almost can't go wrong if they choose any of these actresses. Personally, I think the look that Natalie Dormer has in that image above would be cool to see on Captain Marvel.
Speaking of which, the rumor of Captain Marvel making an appearance in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron is accompanied by the rumor that Marvel Studios has already cast the part of Captain Marvel and they have things under tight wraps to avoid any spoilers.
Really, we'll just have to wait till we've seen the movie to know for sure if any of this is true (or just log onto the computer one day after the midnight showing). But if Captain Marvel is in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, there are a few things we should all keep in mind.
1. a.k.a. Ms. Marvel
Just so that it's not confusing for you guys who are reading this article, I feel I need to cover this portion of the article first. Initially, Captain Marvel was already a title taken by the alien known as Mar-Vell, who was once a great warrior in the Kree Empire who later reformed himself into a superhero on Earth.
In these comics with Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell), Carol Danvers was created as the title's lead female. Although, she was originally created as an over-achiever in many male-dominant positions in the military, as a means of breaking any gender stereotypes that readers may or may not have had about women at the time.
But then, she sort of fell into the role of being the standard female character for that time as she developed romantic feelings towards Mar-Vell and often became the damsel in distress who had to be rescued on more than one occasion from her handsome crush.
Then came the day when there was an attack from the Kree and Captain Marvel covered Carol with his body to block the attack. Carol had wished that she could stand with Captain Marvel and fight and in that moment, her DNA became a perfect blend of human and Kree genes, thus granting her the powers to become Ms. Marvel.
It wasn't until after the events of [The Avengers](movie:9040) vs. X-Men that Carol Danvers started to sport her newest costume and was urged by Captain America to take up the title of "Captain Marvel."
2. Power and Abilities
Captain Marvel has quite an impressive set of abilities that I'm sure are going to be amazing on-screen whenever we get to see them. Take a look at her impressive list of abilities:
- Super-strength (she can lift well over 100 tons.)
- Super-speed (she can achieve a speed of at least Mach-3.)
- Energy Absorption (can use energy from others to enhance her own abilities.)
- Energy Projection (her projections rival that of Iron Man's greatest repulsor blast.)
- Regeneration (she has a healing factor that can her regenerate from almost any injury.)
- Danger Sense (she has her own version of a spider-sense. She calls it her "seventh sense.")
- Minor Molecular Control (she has the ability to control a limited degree of molecules. Usually enough to alter appearance.)
Many have likened her to Superman in regards to her similar abilities but I'd say she falls more along the lines of a character in the Dragon Ball universe considering the mass majority of energy she uses to fight and strengthen herself.
3. She Has Ties to the Kree
As I've stated above, her origins have a lot to do with the Kree. The previous owner of the title "Captain Marvel" was a member of the Kree Empire, Carol's DNA is a mixture of human and Kree, and Carol has battled Kree many times since starting her superhero career off as Ms. Marvel.
It'll be interesting to see how much of her original origin we'll be seeing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since they are (probably) bypassing Mar-Vell as the original Captain Marvel as well as bypassing her alternate identity as Ms. Marvel.
It will be interesting though, if they don't change her Kree-inspired origin, just how things lead into Avengers: Infinity War, considering that we saw the Kree in Guardians of the Galaxy with Thanos. What else is interesting about all of this is that James Gunn, the director of [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073), has stated that he will finally be introducing one of his favorite superheroes in the 2017 sequel and he's already debunked rumors of Nova.
Could we be seeing the Kree hero, Mar-Vell? And if so, will Marvel use Gunn's story to help launch the Captain Marvel movie? If Mar-Vell did make an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and he did still play a role in the Captain Marvel movie, could that mean we'll not be seeing a super-powered version of Carol Danvers in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron? Only time will tell.
4. Civil War Involvement
As Ms. Marvel, Carol Danvers did choose a side in the Marvel Comics event known as Civil War in which the government issued an order stating that all super-humans needed to enter a registry which would contain the secret identities of many masked heroes.
This Super-Human Registration Act was not only supported by Ms. Marvel, but enforced as well. She was an active advocate of Tony Stark's (Iron Man) side of the war and defeated superheroes like Arachne and others and turned them in.
In my opinion, I side on Captain America's side, and feel that the supporters of the registration were ruthless and wrong, despite their intentions.
Could we be seeing Carol Danvers show up in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, as a means of setting some groundwork for her political position on superheroes? Maybe she will be a full-fledged superhero by then and have powers, or maybe things will turn out like I mentioned in the point before this one (which I don't honestly think will be the case).
Either way, it'll be interesting to see just how allies and enemies are made in preparation for the [Captain America: Civil War](movie:994409) movie. And who knows? Maybe Carol as Captain Marvel won't play a role in the Civil War movie at all. But I have a strong suspicion that we may be seeing more of Captain Marvel than we expect before her solo outing in 2018.
5. Has Led the Avengers
In the past, while Carol Danvers was still using the alter-ego of Ms. Marvel, she was asked of Iron Man to lead a new government-sanctioned team of Avengers. The roster included members that we've seen on screen in the MCU, one that I wonder if we'll see later this year, and others that we have yet to see.
The roster the first Mighty Avengers was:
- Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel now)
- Iron Man
- Black Widow
- Wasp (is that who Evangeline Lilly will be in Ant-Man?)
- Wonder Man
I honestly wouldn't be surprised to see this happen in 2018/2019's duo-movie Avengers: Infinity War. We are hearing a lot of how many of the MCU superheroes may not be included into the first act (first movie) of the story and that leaves me wondering if maybe Iron Man will seek help from Captain Marvel and maybe a new Avengers will be formed, led by Captain Marvel.
But that's 3-4 years away, we still need to wait and see if she even makes an appearance in Avengers: 2 Age of Ultron and/or Captain America: Civil War.
Well there you have it. All the things I feel we should all be informed about regarding Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel and her inclusion in the MCU and possibly this year's newest Avengers film.
A lot of the info above is related to Carol's years as Ms. Marvel but I feel that they are all important to cover as I'm sure Marvel Studios will cherry-pick which bits of her origin and superhero career to include in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But I'm totally stoked to see this character as it will be refreshing to see a full-fledged female superhero grace the MCU (well, I guess there's Scarlet Witch - but still).
What are your guys' feelings on Captain Marvel? Do you think she should or will make an appearance in either Avengers 2: Age of Ultron or Captain America: Civil War? Who would you cast to play the part? Let me know all your opinions in the comments section below and don't forget to vote in the poll!