How Does Captain Marvel Get To The Future?
Since Captain Marvel's narrative will be set in 1995, it's curious how she eventually gets introduced in Avengers: Endgame, which takes place more than two decades after her origin story. There are several theories floating around regarding this matter, one of which claims that Danvers may be in the Quantum Realm. As explained by Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) in Ant-Man, the Quantum Realm is "a reality where all concepts of time and space become irrelevant." Granted that Janet aged in the alternate dimension, Kevin Feige noted that there are different layers to the Quantum Realm, and the deeper you get, the more laws of reality cease to apply. Considering that Ant-Man was trapped inside the Quantum Realm in Ant-Man & the Wasp, couple that with a separate theory linking Danvers' power to the alternate reality, she might come to his rescue prompting the both of them to get out.
Another hypothesis suggests that Captain Marvel may still be in the past, and since Avengers: Endgame will dabble in time travel, heroes might pick her up at some point in the past and bring her to the present day to help out with Thanos. This, however, will render Infinity War's post-credit scene useless as Danvers would be fetched, instead of her coming in to join the fight against Thanos after receiving Fury's message. Otherwise, she may just have been lurking in the shadows for the past two decades - perhaps she swore off conflict after getting caught in the Kree-Skrull war, and has been operating independently while keeping a low profile until she gets the call from her Fury.
Captain Marvel Is The Future of the MCU
It's no secret that Avengers: Endgame will be the final MCU movie for many characters, if not all founding Avengers. That means that Marvel Studios needs to introduce new faces of the franchise that can carry the torch moving forward, and Captain Marvel is one of them. Despite coming late to the game, she will eventually join Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) will be at the forefront of the film series after Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Captain America (Chris Evans) leave - either temporarily or permanently.
This only makes sense considering that she's the most powerful introduced in the franchise thus far. The decision to set her origin story before Iron Man implies that Marvel Studios is ensuring that she's a well-established figure in the franchise long before we find out about her. This way, it's easier for fans to buy into the idea that she'll take over from the beloved Phase 1 characters once the baton has been officially passed. After Infinity War, Earth's Mightiest Heroes' morale is at an all-time low. Perhaps with the help of a hero as powerful as Captain Marvel, they'll regain their confidence about taking down Thanos in Avengers: Endgame.
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019