Samuel L. Jackson has revealed that the MCU version of Captain Marvel is able to time travel. There's been growing speculation that time travel will prove crucial to the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with a lot of evidence that Avengers: Endgame will see Earth's surviving heroes attempt to rewrite history and either avert or undo Thanos' snap.
Those theories were possibly confirmed in the post-credits scene for Ant-Man & the Wasp, which saw Scott Lang stranded in the Quantum Realm. The Quantum Realm is a subatomic plane of reality where the normal laws of time and space break down completely, and in theory it could be used to travel through time. Significantly, before Scott entered the Quantum Realm, Janet Van Dyne warned him not to get caught up in any "time vortexes." But until now, the mystery has been just how this subtle theme of time travel would inform Captain Marvel.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Samuel L. Jackson has just revealed that the MCU's version of Captain Marvel is able to travel in time under her own power. Describing the sheer scale of Captain Marvel's powerset, Jackson explained:
"She’s pretty much the strongest character -- in terms of someone with powers are able to do things -- in the Marvel universe. So, for Carol Danvers to be that person and for Brie to become that person, it's gonna be a dynamite thing. I mean, [the Avengers] are up against some really, really tough odds right now -- we saw throughout Infinity War -- so now we know that we need something that's as powerful as Thanos. And at some point, we'll find out how powerful she is and all the things that she's capable of. She's one of the few people in the Marvel universe that can time travel, so..."
According to Jackson, then, Marvel has deliberately introduced a superhero with enough power to take on Thanos himself. Staggeringly, though, Jackson even suggests that Captain Marvel has the ability to travel through time. This is a very different powerset to the one Carol Danvers possesses in the comics, and it supports a popular theory that the MCU version of Captain Marvel is somehow tied to the Quantum Realm itself. It's long been known that the Quantum Realm would figure into Captain Marvel somehow, and attentive viewers pointed out that the energy flare that gave Carol her powers looks very similar indeed to the Quantum explosions in Ant-Man & the Wasp. If Captain Marvel really is drawing upon the power of the Quantum Realm, then there's no reason at all she couldn't travel through time.
This perhaps answers the question of just where Captain Marvel has been between her origin film, set in 1995, and her being summoned by Nick Fury in the post-credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War. The device Fury used could easily be a quantum summons of some kind, telling Carol when she's needed; she could potentially jump through time, from 1995 straight to 2018. That would potentially explain why Fury never used it before, too; because he can only use it once, and as soon as the genie's out of the bottle, she can't be put back into it.
But how will Captain Marvel discover her ability to travel through time? The trailers have shown an amnesiac Carol Danvers who's desperately attempting to regain her memories; perhaps rather than simply be told them through flashbacks, her powers could instead be triggered so she goes back and revisits her own personal history? That would certainly be a smart way of making the narrative work, with Marvel carefully choosing to show - rather than tell - how Carol became Captain Marvel. It would fit well with a recent comment that Captain Marvel is some sort of "non-chronological origin story." And it would suggest that this really is a Marvel movie like none that have been seen before.
Source: Entertainment Tonight
- 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 05, 2019