Captain Marvel is the hero we need right now. Why, you ask? We’re about to tell you! The newest addition to the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Captain Marvel” releases in theaters on March 8th, 2019 and will make a big impact when it hits. As of right now, “Avengers: End Game” has not teased anything about the titular hero’s involvement, but it’s very likely she could play a major part in the fight against Thanos. Though, many unfamiliar with the comics have lingering questions about this powerful superhero. Why is she such an important character in the MCU? We’re here to answer your questions and then some. Here’s why Captain Marvel is the hero we need right now!
Be warned: Spoilers Ahead.
She's been in the superhero game since the 1960's
Captain Marvel was originally the moniker of an alien Kree soldier named Mar-Vell who debuted in “Marvel Superheroes#12“ in 1967. The following issue of that comic introduced readers to Carol Danvers, a United States Air Force officer who knew about Mar-Vell’s alter ego. After a freak explosion that exposed her to massive amounts of energy, Danvers became a human-Kree hybrid and took on the mantle of Ms. Marvel. The “Ms. Marvel” series was a watershed moment for feminist comics and made Carol Danvers a staple in Marvel Comics for decades.
She's the most powerful superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Although audiences haven’t seen Captain Marvel in action onscreen yet, Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige, has already revealed that the cosmic superhero will stand above the rest of the MCU pantheon. Feige stated, “All of the Marvel characters have flaws to them, all of them have a deep humanity to them. With Captain Marvel, she is as powerful a character as we’ve ever put in a movie. Her powers are off the charts, and when she’s introduced, she will be by far the strongest character we’ve ever had.”
In the comics, Carol Danvers possessed superhuman strength, flight, and a whole host of other powers that made her a force to be reckoned with. It’ll be interesting to see how her powers stack up with characters like Hulk, Thor, and Thanos.
She's got powers that will look amazing onscreen
Speaking of powers, Captain Marvel will be the first MCU superhero to possess a diverse array of abilities. Besides her strength and flight which are pretty common traits among heroes, Danvers also has the ability to absorb energy and manipulate matter. The trailer for “Captain Marvel” hinted at these unique powers, showing Carol shoot energy blasts from her hands.
While that might not be visually groundbreaking, it’ll be interesting to see how her energy absorption ability will be used in tandem with the energy blasts. Beyond that, she can also create energy constructs similar to Green Lantern. Industrial Light and Magic is at the helm for the visual effects production on “Captain Marvel,” so fans can rest assured that the titular hero’s energy abilities will look gorgeous in an IMAX screening.
She's got a cute cat
There’s plenty that sets Captain Marvel apart from the rest of the MCU, but she’s the only hero whose cat even makes super spy, Nick Fury, giddy. Carol’s pet tabby is named Goose after the “Top Gun” character and a nod to her Air Force affiliation. He’s also based on Captain Marvel’s cat from the comic series, Chewie.
In the comics, Chewie is known to be a Flerken—an alien race that resembles domestic cats from Earth and hold pocket dimensions inside their mouths. Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have been mum about whether or not Goose is a Flerken, but if he is, it could have some implications for “Avengers: End Game.” Whatever the case may be, who doesn’t want to see a cute kitty sidekick in a superhero movie?
She's from the '90s
Blockbuster Video, Nine Inch Nails t-shirts, and pagers are just a few of the ’90s things the “Captain Marvel” trailer reveals. For those who didn’t experience the sheer awesomeness of the 1990’s, Captain Marvel will surely not disappoint in transporting Gen Z’ers back to a time without iPads or Instagram.
Besides the obvious ’90s references, Captain Marvel herself will be part of a world that is devoid of superheroes and inter-dimensional conflict. Essentially, the movie’s setting will be, as executive producer Jonathan Schwartz says, “a place in the cinematic universe that she can carve out for her own, where she wasn’t one superheroine out of many.”