By now, you probably have seen CAPTAIN MARVEL and the final AVENGERS: ENDGAME trailer that was recently released online — which means that you saw Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) standing alongside the surviving members of the Avengers. So, how does Carol fit into the bigger MCU picture? Let’s dig into what we know.
Needless to say, this blog will contain spoilers for Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s CAPTAIN MARVEL, so click away now if you haven’t yet seen it (and get to your local AMC).
In the closing moments of CAPTAIN MARVEL, our hero, Carol Danvers, has accepted the Skrulls as colleagues, realizing that she had been manipulated by the Kree. She was preventing the Skrulls from finding a light-speed transport being worked on by Dr. Lawson (Annette Bening), but when they find the Tesseract, the Skrulls are free to locate a safe planet on which to live.
Captain Marvel agrees to help them establish that home world. But before she leaves our planet, she upgrades Nick Fury’s pager and tells him to only use it in the case of emergencies.
Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) does use it at the end of AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. But we didn’t have to wait until AVENGERS: ENDGAME to see Carol arrive back on Earth.
In the mid-credits scene of CAPTAIN MARVEL, we see the surviving Avengers — led by Captain America (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) — powering the device they retrieved from where Fury dropped it. They want to know who the device is trying to contact, and before too long, Carol Danvers is standing behind them, asking, “Where’s Fury?”
The continuation of that scene was included in the final trailer for AVENGERS: ENDGAME, where Carol interacts with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and passes one of his bravery tests.
From what we could tell in CAPTAIN MARVEL, Carol Danvers is easily the most powerful hero in the MCU. When fully unleashed, she can take down Kree armies and is capable of immense feats of strength. She’s a formidable asset for the Avengers to have in the battle against Thanos (Josh Brolin), but in the full trailer, we do not see her suiting up alongside the team. Thor is seemingly missing from the lineup, too.
It’s possible she could embark on her own mission — or one with Thor — into the galaxies to find Thanos or to figure out how to reverse whatever it is “the snap” completed. Carol doesn’t have an emotional connection to anyone who “dusted” in INFINITY WAR, but she likely will help the Avengers because it’s the right thing to do.
Will she wonder why the team is named after her old call sign?
We don’t have to wait long to find out. AVENGERS: ENDGAME will be in theatres on April 26, and tickets will be on sale very soon.