2019 is shaping up to be another amazing year for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with anticipation of Avengers: Endgame in April. But before we find out what happens after Thanos cut the population of the universe in half, it's time for audiences to get to know Carol Danvers, AKA Captain Marvel.
She's awesome enough to become your favorite new Avenger — maybe even your favorite Captain on the Avengers (sorry, Captain America). Here's everything we know so far.
First, there are two intriguing post-credit scenes for Captain Marvel.
Yup, fans will get a stinger in the middle of the credits, which confirms Carol is joining up with the remaining Avengers. According to ScreenGeek, the scene shows Black Widow and Cap inside a lab at their headquarters with Nick Fury's cosmic pager. If you'll recall the end of Infinity War, Nick was paging somebody when he got Thanos'd and that somebody was Carol. As Steve and Natasha read the data, Carol shows up in her Captain Marvel getup and asks where Nick is. (The answer, of course, is "disintegrated, along with 50 percent of the beings in the universe.")
The second stinger, which appears at the end of the credits, seems to be just a funny scene on its face, but it could have a big impact on Endgame. Carol's cat, Goose, apparently hacks up a hairball, only it contains the Tesseract, which is pretty weird considering Thanos crushed it to bitty bits in Infinity War after obtaining the Space Stone it held.
Since Captain Marvel takes place in the '90s, it possible this scene predates the events of Avengers: Infinity War. But there's another possibility here, which the comics shed some light on. Goose is no ordinary cat in the comics, but rather a Flerken, an alien race that looks like house cats. Or maybe all house cats are Flerkens? IDK man.
Flerkens' mouths contain pocket dimensions, so it's possible Goose retrieved (and hacked up) the Tesseract from somewhere else in time or from an alternate universe wherein the Tesseract is intact. (Anyone else have a headache thinking about all this?). Either way, this stinger could mean Carol and her kitty are the keys to reversing the havoc Thanos brought on the universe.
What are Captain Marvel's powers?
So you're probably thinking right now, "If Carol can reverse what Thanos did, she must be pretty powerful." and you would be correct. According to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, Captain Marvel is "the most powerful superhero that we've ever introduced," and that lines up with the comics. Carol was a normal human (granted a badass human and an actual Air Force captain), but her DNA gets spliced with that of an alien race called the Kree.
That genetic modification imbues her with superhuman strength, resilience, and speed. She can fly six times the speed of sound and can see the future sometimes. However, Carol has even bigger powers locked within her that transform her into Binary, and when she achieves this state, she makes Thor and Hulk seem like dumb babies by comparison. She can also shoot these balls of energy, which is pretty cool.
It seems pretty likely from stills and video of Carol with glowing eyes, that we'll get to see her unlock that potential in Captain Marvel.
So, what is Captain Marvel about?
Aside from being a way to introduce Carol to MCU fans who aren't walking comic book encyclopedias, Captain Marvel will focus on her origins, how she comes to join Starforce, and her role in stopping an intergalactic war between two alien races, the Kree and the Skrull. The latter race is led in the film by Talos the Untamed, played by Ben Mendelsohn.
Captain Marvel hits theaters March 8, 2019.