We've still got a long time to wait until Captain MarvelCaptain Marvelsoars onto our screens in her 2018 solo movie, but she may have a crucial role to play in Avengers: Infinity War. While nothing is confirmed yet, speculation is rampant, and there's plenty of hints that Infinity War is going to change the face of the franchise forever.
With Captain Marvel's movie bookended by Infinity War Parts 1 & 2, it could be that MarvelMarvelwill introduce her in Infinity War Part 1, then give her some background in her solo movie, before having her lead the Avengers in Part 2. But how would this work? And will a major Avenger's death pave the way for a new team leader?
Death In The Family
There's already a lot of speculation that Infinity War Part 1 will feature on of the core Avengers' deaths. Chris Evans, Robert Downy Jr, and Chris Hemsworth's contracts do not include Infinity War Part 2, which has given credence to these rumors. Put that together with the fact that Steve Rogers is rumored to be replaced by Bucky as Captain America, along with Thor supposedly dying or becoming imprisoned in Thor Ragnarok, and you've got yourself a bona fide theory! (Kinda)
And after Iron Man 3Iron Man 3revealed Tony Stark was getting pretty darn tired of the hero game (plus, you know, Tony accidentally creating a super villain when he just wanted to catch a break in Age of Ultron), it's a safe bet to assume that Stark will want to hang up that iron suit sometime soon.
Basically, the Avengers will probably soon be in need of a new leader, and Captain Marvel's ready to step up to the plate!
The New Captain?
So far we have no idea whether Carol Danvers will be introduced in Infinity War Part 1, but it would be a good way to get her involved with the team before having her lead the Avengers in Part 2.
However, she was already considered for an Avengers team up flick - Avengers: Age of Ultron[The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035)- but was written out before the role was even cast. Why? Kevin Feige has the answer!
"She was in an early version of the script, yes. We didn't want to introduce her as this fully-formed hero, flying in a costume, before you got to know who she was, or how she came to be."
Ok, so clearly Feige wants to give Carol Danvers a proper origin story, one which would reveal how she got her cosmic powers and went from military colonel to superhero. Despite the fact that the Kree origin of Danvers' powers links her to the Guardians of the GalaxyGuardians of the Galaxystory, it was recently revealed that she won't make her debut in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
This is a blow to many Danvers fans, but at least we know the creators are thinking seriously about when best to bring her in to the story. Captain Marvel's solo film is being very carefully thought out, if what co-writer Nicole Perlman says is anything to go by...
"Meg and I are doing a lot of brainstorming and we’ll catch ourselves and say, ‘Wait a minute, what are we saying [here] about women in power?’ Then we have to say, ‘Why are we getting so hung up on that? We should just tell the best story and build the best character.’ And then we have this constant back-and-forth about how to tell a story that is compelling, entertaining, moving, kick-ass, and fun, and also be aware of what those larger implications might be."
This is all very exciting, and we can be sure that Captain Marvel's solo film will be the mindblowing and exciting story we all want it to be! But what does this mean for Captain Marvel's role in the Avengers?
Out Of Time
If Captain Marvel is introduced in Infinity War Part 1, that doesn't mean she won't get her origin story in her solo movie, despite the fact that it comes after the first half of Avengers 3.
Kevin Feige has already hinted that some of Marvel's upcoming movies will be out of order chronologically, allowing them to introduce heroes in team-up flicks, then backtracking to tell an origin story.
"Certainly we could [set another one in the past]. There are no rules. I think the majority of them will be chronological, but not all of them necessarily."
Of course, he could be referring to Black Panther, who will be introduced in [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) a year before his solo movie is released in 2017. But this method could work for Captain Marvel too - introducing her in Infinity War, telling her story in the solo film, then giving her a bigger role in Infinity War Part 2.
Even if she isn't introduced in Infinity War Part 1, Captain Marvel's role in Part 2 could still be to lead the team. Going up against Thanos will be a huge effort, and there are already implications that the first battle will cost the team dearly. Could Carol Danvers lead the team after a disastrous event in Part 1? It's certainly possible. Right now all we have are theories, so what do you think? Let us know in the comments, or write your own post!