With the Captain Marvel movie pushed back to a 8th March, 2019 release date, Marvel are holding out on giving audiences their first female-centered Marvel superhero movie. But is this delay for the better? Captain Marvel, also know as Carol Danvers, has been in the comics fighting villains, aliens and even the odd inter-dimensional being since January, 1977. That gives them nearly a whopping 40 years of stories to trawl through to inspire them for her solo movie. Here are five potential stories that could be the focus of Marvel's mighty avenger Captain Marvel.
1. An Origin Story
Well this one is basically a "duh" entry, but Marvel do have a habit of introducing characters through already established titles such as Ironman and Captain America. However the origin of Carol's powers is a pretty cool one. While her origins did see her become the heroine Ms Marvel due to a male Captain Marvel being already established within the comics, the team at Marvel HQ I am sure are clever enough to adapt the story slightly. When Carol made her debut in comics she was the friend and potential love interest for Mar-Vell, the original Captain Marvel from the comics.
Mar-Vell was a captain of the Kree empire and was stranded on Earth. The Kree are already established in the MCU through both Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Guardians of the Galaxy, so Marvel are spared explaining who the Kree are in the movie. Mar-Vell's nemesis, Yon-Rogg, captures and kidnaps Carol and takes her to the Psyche-Magnitron which was a power machine left by ancient Kree warriors that can conjure anything. Mar-Vell saves the day, but Carol is badly injured due to the explosion from the device. Due to the Kree energy from the explosion Carol develops the Kree-like powers of flight and super strength. This prompts her to join her friend in fighting evil and suiting up as Ms Marvel. It is eventually revealed that the reason for her powers is that she now has Kree DNA in her genetic structure, making her a Human/Kree hybrid.
Now Marvel have options for how this could play into her movie. The most likely one will be using this for the first half of the movie, but Mar-Vell fails to defeat Yon-Rogg allowing him to escape. He could then save Carol but die as a result himself in the explosion. This would free up the title of Captain Marvel for Carol, and give her the motivation to use her abilities to fight in her friends place. Then have her ultimately face Yon-Rogg at the end of the film to get justice for the fallen hero Mar-Vell. The downside is some reports claim Marvel is done with origin movies, however Ant-Man was extremely well received and was an origin movie for the second Ant-Man, Scott Lang.
2. The Brood
The Brood are a race of Xenomorph like aliens in Marvel comics. They kidnap members of a species and inject them with embryos for incubation. They have even wiped out the odd species in the Marvel comics by infecting entire planets. Carol is perhaps the hero to have dealt with the monstrous creatures the most throughout their appearances in the comics. It is even stated in a potential future in Marvel comics that Carol hunted down ever member of the species to wipe them out of existence, which left her in an energy form unable to actually fight ever again. Where marvel gain with this potential plot of Carol dealing with a sci-fi/horror Alien style species is she has a second origin story through an encounter with them. Yes as odd as that sounds Carol has two canon origin stories. During a time when she lost her powers she teamed up with the X-Men. When they were all captured by the Brood during an encounter to be used as mutant incubators, the Brood discovered Carol had Kree DNA. This resulted in them experimenting on her which unleashed the new superheroine, Binary.
While Binary gives Carol a whole new arrangement of powers and abilities, it would not be difficult to have the powers altered to align with her Captain Marvel abilities. They would also be free to bring in already established Avengers to replace the X-Men from the story line as all the X-Men are under the Fox movie deal. The other advantage they would gain by altering this story is the fact they would not have to reference the original Captain Marvel from the comics, as Carol is set to be the MCU's Captain Marvel.
3. Higher, Further, Faster, More
While Marvel introduced us to Jessica Jones, who is a female hero who is more likely to ask questions and resort to violence only when needed, Carol is quite the opposite. Carol loves a good fight, so imagine how the character reacted when the Avengers chose her as their liaison for the Galactic Alliance. This puts Carol out of her comfort zone and she is instantly thrown into the middle of a political battlefield on a different planet. What you have to consider is, what makes the Marvel Cinematic Universe so compelling? The answer is, the character crossovers.
With Guardians being the only movies exploring the space of Marvel, they are currently limited to crossing over into other Marvel titles. So by having Carol acting as the Avengers liaison to the Galactic Alliance, it would give them an easy option to feature a Guardian or 2 in her movie. Additionally, with Marvel set to explore more of their space with Guardians of the Galaxy 2, it only makes sense for them to be thinking long-term with what they can do with the characters they will be introducing. Did I also mention Carol has been a member of the Guardians. While I doubt she will star or even appear in the sequel, she could be perfect to join them in Guardians of the Galaxy 3. This would instantly surprise many, as the majority would assume she is set to join the Avengers.
4. Carol Danvers vs The Cru
While Carol started to become a celebrity heroine and a back-up member of the Avengers, she found herself wanting something more as a superhero. She discovered her need was to help others, and began to patrol the city solo looking for people to help. This led her to discover a group of Brood on one patrol, yep those lovely Xenomorph aliens mentions earlier, who are being chased by an even more power entity known as Cru. Carol manages to stop both forces from destroying everything in their path and stop them, but as her story progressed she discovered a slight problem.
Cru bonded with Carol, resulting in her powers to increase exponentially. This comes just in time as a Brood Queen arrives on Earth, seeking to turn the planet into her new seed planet to create an army of Brood. While the story itself is not her most famous, it holds all the aspects required for a highly entertaining movie. With an action packed start, a middle to see a build in character development, only to lead to a massive climactic battle gives Marvel everything they need to smash the film in the box office if done right. It would also establish the MCU has other superheros active in their world, it is just a case of the audience having not seen them yet.
5. In Pursuit Of Flight
In this story line Carol finds herself thrown back in time to the Pacific Front during World War II. During her state of shock she is rescued by a group of all-female soldiers known as the Banshee Squad of 1943. Kind of stuck for what to do and how to get back she assists the Banshees in their mission, until she meets her mentor Helen Cobbs. Carol's own past could unravel if Helen strays from her path in history as the character would change history and how Carol got her powers. If they follow this plot they can cover Carol's origin while also telling a current movie, much like how Hank Pym's past was shown during the origin of Scott Lang as Ant-Man. However, there is another option here for Marvel. What if they replace the Silver Banshees with...
If they swapped the Banshees for Peggy and Steve, Captain Marvel could also act as a story of Captain America during the war that was just not seen during Captain America: The First Avenger. This could then prompt Captain America to recruit Captain Marvel into the Avengers once she has returned to her own time period, as she has altered his time line through her movie.
With the movie pushed back I sincerely hope Marvel are aiming to give their first female solo movie full justice. They have loads to be inspired from, and these are just five wonderful options they have available. How would you like to see Captain Marvel play out? Do you think she should feature already established characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe? If so who and why? Share your thoughts on what is potentially a movie set to change the Marvel's Cinematic Universe.