As reinforced by new comments from Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige, fans would do well to remember the characters in the MCU aren't as invulnerable as fans may be quick to think - a fact that's especially important to remember as we prepare for Captain Marvel to arrive in theaters next month. The MCU's newest heroine may be very powerful, but she's not immune to damage.
Among fans, one of the biggest talking points is just how much of a threat Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, will be to current MCU villain Thanos. Captain Marvel's established range of superpowers is far greater than other superheroes, and it includes the ability to travel through the vacuum of space without protection, fly faster and further than other heroes, and drawn on immense reserves of strength (to name a few). Given this, it's been theorized that Captain Marvel is the only superhero who will be able to take on Thanos without the assistance of a weapon (like Thor did with his Infinity War hammer Stormbreaker) and help restore the lives of the superheroes lost during the Snap. This feeling has seemingly been backed up by early critical reviews of Captain Marvel as seen on Twitter, when those who saw early screenings of the film focused on just how formidable a hero Captain Marvel is thanks to her array of powers.
That said, it seems that all of this early hype needs to be taken with a grain of salt if Feige is to be believed, per his latest comments obtained exclusively by Screen Rant during a Captain Marvel junket. During that conversation, one of the issues that came up was picking Feige's brain on how MCU screenwriters look to keep characters like Captain Marvel grounded considering that, canonically, she has immense powers. Feige's reply is absolutely worth keeping in mind not only as one watches Captain Marvel, but also while watching Avengers: Endgame later in the year.
Screen Rant: Captain Marvel's nearly omnipotent, which has been a challenge for writers in the comics for characters like Superman who have a lack of physical weakness. How do you keep the character grounded and vulnerable in future installments as her power grows?
Kevin Feige: I think, as with some of the other characters you've mentioned, there are no characters — certainly no Marvel characters — that are invulnerable and that are immortal. They can all be killed at some point as Loki says to Thor in Avengers 1. So we may see that at some point, introduce that at some point.
Feige may not exactly be teasing anything new here, but his comment is still essential for fans preparing for the coming Phase 4 of the MCU, which will begin with Spider-Man: Far From Home. With big changes in the works for the MCU, especially when it comes to which characters will be leaving and which will be staying, it's going to be important to remember that every superhero, even Captain Marvel, has a weakness.
It could also be interpreted from Feige's comments that Thanos and other villains are similarly prone to weaknesses of all kinds and that, where Endgame is concerned, it'll be about sniffing out just which weakness of Thanos' to exploit - something Captain Marvel may be uniquely suited to do. So, fans should take Feige's comments about the fact that no MCU character is invulnerable to heart. They may be the key to formulating any theories about what can be expected from Endgame and what will happen next in the MCU.
- 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