What do we want to see from Captain Marvel in Avengers: Endgame?


What are we hoping to see from Carol Danvers when she joins the battle against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame? Some Captain Marvel spoilers ahead.

Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) dialed a pager just before evaporating after Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) Snap in Avengers: Infinity War. The person he was calling was Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), who audiences have just met in Captain Marvel, who will help defeat the Mad Titan in Avengers: Endgame. 

But how could that work, exactly? Where might she fit in? Thanks to a recent Disney shareholders’ meeting we have a brief description of one of Danvers’ scenes in the film, However, this still leaves plenty of room to speculate.

Carol’s powers came because of the explosion when Mar-Vell’s (Annette Bening) plane crashed in 1989. As the engines were powered by energy derived from the Tesseract, that essentially makes Carol a living version of the Space Stone.

The most dramatic use of the Stone (that we’ve seen in the MCU) came in 1943 in Captain America: The First Avenger, when it zapped Johann Schmidt/Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) into a very remote location and ultimately cursed him with becoming the gatekeeper of the Soul Stone (Infinity War). 

Thanos is seen in a hazy, blank orange nothingness just after acquiring the Soul Stone, and again after delivering the Snap. Could this be some alternate dimension (the Negative Zone?) where those snapped souls were transported to?

If so, Carol might be able to access this prison-reality and work with those there to lead a jailbreak. A punch loaded with photon blasts seems like it could jar the Infinity Gauntlet loose as well, leaving someone else to catch it.

A more likely way that she’ll affect the current Avengers left on Earth is by rescuing Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr). He’s trapped in a failing spacecraft and sending Pepper a goodbye message in the trailer.

Carol can fly through space without aid, something no other MCU character can do, since the Guardians’ ship The Milano is toast, and Thor can’t survive the vacuum (demonstrated most notably in Infinity War).

Although, at the very least, they’ll probably get on each other’s nerves (given their Civil War II roles in the comics), their shared flippancy could make Carol and Tony a good team.

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She will get along well with Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), given their mutual military backgrounds. Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson) will find Carol a strong ally in their selective enforcement of the rules, and they could become friends, given different circumstances.

An argument between Carol and Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) would be hilarious as a moment of comic relief, as would a scene of her trading music opinions with Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), who is fairly close to her in age.

In her travels around the galaxy helping the Skrulls find a safe place to relocate, it’s possible that Carol could have encountered a Groot, and thus be able to deliver some important background and/or history of his species. She has been a Guardian in the comics, so if she doesn’t get a straight-up sequel as part of Phase Four, then maybe she could join the crew in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. 

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In the comics, Carol has worked at various points for the Air Force and NASA, leading an incarnation of Alpha Flight patrolling the spaceways. Given the extreme threat level of the Snap, maybe a similar group will be formed in the MCU which she will be placed in charge of.

Avengers: Endgame comes to theaters on April 26, 2019, where it closes Phase Three of the MCU.