Despite multiple quotes from directors Anthony and Joe Russo - among others - about working with Brie Larson's Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel in Avengers: Infinity War, she's not in the movie. These reports and interviews date back to June 2017 when we visited the set of Avengers: Infinity War, shortly after directors were chosen to helm the Captain Marvel movie. So, things changed as Captain Marvel began actual development with its new creative team and the character will debut alongside Earth's Mightiest Heroes in the untitled Avengers 4, a few short months after the Captain Marvel solo movie opens in theaters.
What hasn't changed over the last year however, is just how powerful the live-action adaptation of Carol Danvers will be when Brie Larson suits up as the superhero. From what Avengers 3-4 writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely tell us, there's no character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe even on the same scale as Captain Marvel.
We explained the confusing situation about Captain Marvel's non-role in Avengers: Infinity War - something we confirmed multiple times with Disney directly - but we can still share what the Russos told us (about how they love the Captain Marvel costume, for example) and what Markus and McFeely told us after we asked about working the character.
CHRISTOPHER MARKUS: Well, super excited to have her—for one thing. You know, that movie does not exist yet so we’re following up on something that is good intentions at the moment. But that’s a power scale that right now doesn’t exist in the MCU.
Markus continues, comparing Danvers to Steve Rogers - a character who seems to be finished in the MCU after Avengers 4, at least according to star Chris Evans.
She’s I should say, in some ways the closest to Captain America which is a weird, now rare kind of character which is sort of a person who’s right and knows they’re right and doesn’t really want to hear it when you tell them they’re wrong. So, with all these flawed, fucked up people and Quill who’s a mess and Tony who’s a massive ego all contorted. It’s fun to get another person with a clear vision in there and going, “Shut up.”
This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone reading modern Marvel Comics or following the development of the Captain Marvel movie specifically as it's something hinted at by Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige as far back as 2016 when Brie Larson was officially announced as being cast.. Danvers is leader of the Ultimates, a team of some of the most powerful heroes from Earth who have tasked themselves from protecting the planet from extraterrestrial threats. And she's one of the most prominent heroes in the books, leading her own series and co-headlining Civil War II event against Tony Stark/Iron Man.
“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." - Kevin Feige
As to the power set in question, in the comics Danvers was knocked into an alien machine (a Kree Psyche-Magnitron) during a battle and ended up with abilities similar to that of the original Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell) but she also has the ability to go into a "Binary" form which essentially mean she goes nuclear in a maximum overdrive sort of way. Perhaps it's Captain Marvel's insanely powerful abilities that help turn the tide in Avengers 4.
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018