Captain Marvel's Powers Come From An Infinity Stone
Though Carol Danvers spends much of Captain Marvel believing the Kree gave her the powers she possesses, it's revealed later on that her abilities actually come from the Tesseract, which was powering Dr. Lawson/Mar-Vell's (Annette Bening) light-speed engine. From Avengers: Infinity War, we know the Tesseract is actually the Space Stone, one of six Infinity Stones that Thanos collected and used to decimate half the universe.
Like Scarlet Witch, whose powers derive from being experimented on with the Mind Stone, this means that Captain Marvel's abilities are connected to Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet and she poses a major threat to him. In Infinity War, Scarlet Witch was one of the few member of the Avengers who was able to truly stand up to Thanos, even she was ultimately defeated by the Mad Titan. Although it's not specifically stated, Captain Marvel seems to be more powerful than Scarlet Witch. And if she's more powerful than Scarlet Witch, she's a much bigger threat to Thanos. Whether this means Captain Marvel will defeat Thanos remains to be seen, but fans have theorized Carol is one of the missing pieces needed to save the world in Avengers: Endgame.
Further, Carol's powers coming from the Space Stone disproves theories that Captain Marvel's superpower is connected to the Quantum Realm. Since we know the Quantum Realm will be important to Avengers: Endgame, that means Ant-Man is actually the main connection to this part of the MCU, NOT Carol. While it's still unclear how the Quantum Realm will factor into Endgame - theories range from it being used to travel through time to the realm housing the decimated heroes - it doesn't seem to be as connected to Carol as previously believed. That makes Ant-Man all the more important to the Avengers: Endgame Quantum Realm plot.
Captain Marvel Was The Inspiration For The Avengers
Since it was known that Captain Marvel and Nick Fury team up in the movie for some time, fans have speculated she's the inspiration for the Avengers Initiative that was the basis for the MCU's very first post-credits scene tag in Iron Man. Now, Captain Marvel reveals she didn't only give Fury the idea for his initiative that became key to the entire MCU, but had a little more influence than previously known. At the end of the movie, Fury can be seen typing up something called The Protector Initiative. But, after seeing the name on one of Carol's planes reads "Captain Carol 'Avenger' Danvers," he changes his initiative's name.
As a result, not only does Carol inspire the the Avengers Initiative itself, she gives it its name, which means the Avengers owe more to her than fans even speculated. And, once Avengers: Endgame hits theaters, fans will get to see Captain Marvel join the team she inspired.
Captain Marvel Sets Up Spectrum In The MCU
Captain Marvel also sets up another Marvel Comics hero to one day join the MCU: Spectrum aka. Monica Rambeau, played in the movie by Akira Akbar. Monica is the daughter of Carol's best friend Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch) and is only portrayed as a child in the movie. However, Marvel Comics fans know Monica Rambeau grows up to become Spectrum - previously known as Photon and Pulsar - a superhero with powers that let her control electromagnetic energies.
In the comics, Spectrum fights alongside the Avengers, but it remains to be seen if the hero will appear in Avengers: Endgame. Still, with the character having been introduced to the cinematic world in Captain Marvel, the movie paves the way for Spectrum to eventually fight alongside Carol Danvers in a potential sequel.
So, Captain Marvel sets up Avengers: Endgame in many ways, some more subtle than others. But, fans wanting to know all the ways in which Captain Marvel connects to Avengers Endgame will have to wait for the latter film to hit theaters this spring.
- 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