[This story comprises spoilers for Captain Marvel]
Captain Marvel is photon-blasting her approach by means of the field workplace this weekend, and as if there was ever any doubt, Marvel Studios has plenty of plans for the character within the Marvel Cinematic Universe going ahead.
Brie Larson's Carol Danvers is alleged to have a giant half in Avengers: Endgame, and with Chris Evans anticipated to exit and Robert Downey Jr.'s destiny unclear after Endgame, Captain Marvel stands to grow to be one of many MCU’s most vital gamers, alongside Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and Spider-Man. Team-ups between Carol and a brand new iteration of the Avengers appears inevitable, however there’s additionally loads of house (actually and figuratively) for Carol to maneuver about in relating to her personal solo adventures.
Keeping in thoughts the private stakes and scale of Captain Marvel, and holding off on a couple of huge concepts that will make for epic Avengers tales, there are fairly a couple of corners of the Marvel Universe that might be explored within the sequels to Captain Marvel after that ending.
At the top of Captain Marvel, Carol units off to relocate a household of Skrulls, and she or he doesn’t present up on Earth once more, at the least as far we all know, till 24 years later. One of the largest questions a Captain Marvel sequel should reply, a query Avengers: Endgame will certainly be too packed to commit a lot time to, is what Carol has been as much as for the previous two and a half a long time.
At the top of the movie, she provides Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) a modified pager to contact her in case of emergency, however it’s vary is restricted to solely function inside a pair galaxies. Was the occasion of Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) decimation the primary time Fury felt Earth was underneath sufficient of a risk to present her a name, or did he attempt to attain her through the Chitauri assault too throughout The Avengers (2012)? And how did Carol cruise by means of the universe with out catching wind of what Thanos was as much as, or Ronan’s (Lee Pace) flip to zealotry as seen in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)? Whatever the case, Carol was positively as much as one thing over all these years and her unfinished enterprise with the Supreme Intelligence and Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) looks as if one thing that wouldn’t merely occur out of body. Assuming these threads will probably be adopted up on in a modern-day set sequel moderately than one other prequel, hopefully Carol’s lacking time will get crammed in with purposeful adventures that can have already cemented her place within the universe and open up doorways to new galaxies, alien races, and conflicts.
One of the strongest parts of Captain Marvel is the buddy chemistry between Larson and Jackson. Larson, who labored with Jackson in Kong: Skull Island (2017) and her directorial debut Unicorn Store, was instrumental in pushing for Jackson to play a major position in Captain Marvel. Even although Jackson has been a key a part of the MCU for the reason that starting with Iron Man (2008), Captain Marvel illuminates much more concerning the mysterious super-spy than ever earlier than (together with the story behind that signature lacking eye).
Although Fury is presently mud within the wind because of Thanos’ snap, he’s already set to return on this summer time’s Spider-Man: Far From Home. Given Captain Marvel’s mid-credit scene, Carol Danvers undoubtedly performs an instrumental position in his return to the land of the dwelling. There’s actually much more that might be explored with Fury sooner or later, particularly if he’s pulled out of the background and roped into one among Carol’s galactic missions. Nick Fury in house is one thing the MCU hasn’t delivered on but that will be a blast to see. But from a bigger story standpoint, Nick Fury and Carol Danvers’ friendship might result in the creation of S.W.O.R.D.
S.W.O.R.D. and Abagail Brand
In the comics, S.W.O.R.D. (Sentient World Observation and Response Department), is an intelligence company not not like SHIELD, however with the choose objective of dealing extraterrestrial threats and letting Earth’s heroes know what the galactic scenario is earlier than it lands on their doorstep. The director of S.W.O.R.D., the green-haired, half-alien mutant, Abagail Brand, not too long ago served with Captain Marvel as a member of Alpha Flight, Earth’s first line of protection towards alien hostiles. Carol and Brand’s relationship started as antagonistic within the comics, although they share extra qualities than not. Brand not solely offers a method to start out opening the door to mutants within the MCU, however she’s additionally one other good friend Carol can lean on, one whose alien heritage provides her perception to struggles Maria Rambeau and Nick Fury won’t pay attention to.
If the MCU goes to take a extra cosmic focus going ahead then is smart that S.W.O.R.D. and Brand would grow to be recognizable and far relied upon figures inside this universe. And who is aware of, possibly there’s room for a Guardian of the Galaxy or two aboard S.W.O.R.D.’s roster.
An evil alien race that Carol Danvers has come throughout within the comics many times, the Brood, are a pointy departure from the humanoid aliens we’ve primarily seen within the MCU to this point. Insect-like, and comprised of a hive that follows a queen, the Brood are vicious parasites that impregnate their hosts with an egg that rewrites the host physique and turns it right into a brood. The Brood have gone after superpowered people as a result of their capability to take management of the host permits the newly reworked Brood to emerge with these powers.
While they’ve usually set their sights on the X-Men, each Mar-Vell and Carol Danvers have had quite a few run-ins with the Brood. Danvers, within the aftermath of dropping her powers to Rogue, was famously experimented on by the Brood who tapped into the total potential of her Kree powers and she or he reworked into the orange-skinned cosmic hero Binary who might draw the ability of a star by means of a “white gap.” While Captain Marvel put a few of Carol’s Binary powers on show (within the comics Carol didn’t have photon blasts or power powers till her encounter with the Brood), that doesn’t imply the Brood wouldn’t make an attractive risk. And given the Broods’ frequent comparisons to the Xenomorphs, it could be entertaining to see Carol Danvers have her personal, self-aware stab at dwelling as much as Ellen Ripley and taking up alien bugs. Oh, and I actually wouldn’t be against Carol taking her Flerken, Goose, alongside for the trip to munch on some alien baddies as properly. While the Brood are unlikely to be the central risk, they might actually add a way of menace and permit for some splattery motion sequences.
Deathbird and the Shi’Ar
Carol Danvers has by no means had a surplus of adversaries. Yon-Rogg was a leftover from Mar-vell’s time as Captain Marvel, and the Supreme Intelligence was an Avengers-sized risk. Most of Carol’s solo adventures noticed her dealing with off towards D-list villains just like the cyborg Doomsday Man, Grotesque, a Cro-Magnon subterranean prince, and the Greek sorcerer Hecate. Two of her most continuously showing villains have been M.O.D.O.Ok. and A.I.M. While M.O.D.O.Ok. is actually a poster little one for poisonous masculinity (and is ready to obtain his personal animated Hulu collection with Patton Oswalt) and A.I.M. was already launched in Iron Man III (2013), we have now a extra becoming adversary in thoughts.
One of the one notable villains to really debut within the pages of Ms. Marvel is Deathbird, the exiled Shi’Ar warrior and sister to the empress Liliandra (frequent affiliate of the X-Men and romantic curiosity of Charles Xavier). The metal-winged and taloned Deathbird, Cal'syee Neramani, was initially employed by M.O.D.O.Ok. to take down Ms. Marvel, although through the years her connection to Carol turned extra pronounced because the Kree and Shi’Ar empires discovered themselves in a battle that ultimately started a struggle. While a full Shi’Ar-Kree War is maybe an excessive amount of for a solo movie, Deathbird’s emergence might pave the best way for a bigger MCU battle, not not like the Skrulls’ seek for a brand new homeworld in Captain Marvel. The exiled Shi’Ar warrior additionally allied herself with the Brood as a way to take the Shi’Ar throne from her sister, and that’s a situation we might simply see becoming right into a Captain Marvel sequel. Deathbird not solely offers a chance to present the MCU one other feminine villain, a division by which its missing, but in addition discover Carol embroiled in a battle with a warrior who has nothing to lose and no honor, not like her Kree adversaries. We usually hear that heroes are solely pretty much as good as their villains, and whereas that reality is debatable, Deathbird has the chance to rise to the problem and make Carol a good stronger Captain Marvel.
Although we’re absolutely a couple of years off from a Captain Marvel sequel, the longer term for the character actually appears to be like vibrant. Even if she doesn’t have the recognizable record of supporting characters and adversaries like Captain America, Spider-Man, or Iron Man, there’s plenty of Marvel Universe ready on the market for Carol Danvers to make her mark on.