Captain Marvel 2 should be a true prequel to 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy. By now, it's surely only a matter of time before Marvel gets to work on the Captain Marvel sequel. The film is on track to gross over $1 billion in the global box office, making it the best-performing origin story in the entire MCU (Black Panther having been introduced in Captain America: Civil War).
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has already hinted that the sequel may actually be another period piece, set in the MCU's past. Marvel could potentially explore the history of Mar-Vell and the Kree/Skrull war, but he noted that there's "also this gap of history between when Carol Danvers flew off with Talos at the end, spoiler, and when she arrives with the Avengers." No doubt Avengers: Endgame will include at least a throwaway line of dialogue to tell viewers where Captain Marvel has been since 1995 - but there's room for a lot of untold stories.
The first Captain Marvel film was essentially a prequel to the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. It featured a never-before-told adventure of the young Nick Fury, explaining where he got the idea for the Avengers Initiative from; it revealed more about the history of the Tesseract and Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S., which appeared in The Avengers; and it featured a cameo from Ronan the Accuser, the main villain of Guardians of the Galaxy. But could the sequel go further, and be a prequel in the truest sense, explicitly setting up Guardians of the Galaxy?
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The Untold Story of the Kree Empire in Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel introduces the Kree as a brutal and warlike race of fascists. They have an innate belief in the superiority of their own race, a doctrine that's strengthened by a leadership cult centered on the Supreme Intelligence. The Kree travel the stars, absorbing lesser cultures and civilizations into their own empire, warring with anyone who refuses to be subjugated, and attempting to commit genocide on races like the Skrulls. Steve Behling's tie-in novel Starforce on the Rise suggests that the Kree are in danger of overextending themselves, committing to too many wars at once, and as a result, by 1995, were considering a peace treaty with Xandar. Doing so would be a massive cultural shock to them, but in truth they're only wanting this so they can focus their military power on other opponents.
Crucially, though, towards the end of Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers sends Yon-Rogg back to Hala with a message for the Supreme Intelligence. Now she knows the truth about the Kree, Carol has declared a one-woman war upon their empire. Her first priority will be to get the Skrulls to safety; once that's done, she'll return to Kree space and work to end their many conflicts. It's reasonable to assume this is why Captain Marvel hasn't returned to Earth before she's summoned by Nick Fury at the end of Avengers: Infinity War; she's been busy.
Guardians of the Galaxy hints at just how busy Captain Marvel has been. By 2014, it seems the Kree Empire had begun to abandon their warlike ways. They'd actually negotiated a peace treaty with Xandar, one that was unpopular enough for at least one of their Accusers to go rogue. There's clearly an untold story here, and it's reasonable to assume Carol Danvers is at the heart of it. After all, the Kree have been fighting their wars for thousands of years, and it's all they know. Some new variable must be responsible for the change - and Captain Marvel is the most obvious one.
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
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