A Primer On Captain Marvel

Hype for Captain Marvel is mounting, and for good reason: this is not only the first film from Marvel Studios to feature a female lead (Brie Larson); the good Captain will also play a role in Avengers: Endgame.

But who is Captain Marvel?

The Origin

Carol Danvers is an ace Air Force pilot, as well as the security chief of an Air Force base. She gains her powers when an alien device known as the Psyche-Magnitron explodes, bathing her in energy and altering her biology. In the film, it seems that after the Psyche-Magnitron explosion, Carol is taken to the Kree homeworld Hala, where she is subjected to several experiments (which may or may not be the source of her powers).

Earth’s Mightiest

As a result of the Psyche-Magnitron explosion and genetic alteration by the Kree, Carol is one of the most powerful beings in the universe. She gains superhuman strength and durability, and she can fly at six times the speed of sound. However, her major power, as showcased in both trailers, is the ability to absorb and redirect virtually any form of energy. This makes her a formidable opponent—and after the events of Infinity War, the Avengers could use a heavy hitter in their corner.

The Kree/Skrull War

In the film, Carol joins the Kree peacekeepers known as the Starforce. (Eagle-eyed fans will notice that Guardians of the Galaxy villains Ronan the Accuser and Korath the Pursuer are on the roster.)  Their goal, as “noble warrior heroes,” is to protect the Kree Empire from any threats—more specifically, the shapeshifting Skrulls. The enmity between the Kree and the Skrulls has stretched on for decades, resulting in the famous Kree/Skrull War storyline in the comics, which inspires the film.

Nick Fury, Agent of…

Everyone who saw Avengers: Infinity War can probably recall the ending: as Nick Fury falls victim to the Snapture, he manages to send a “Code Red” message on a tricked-out pager. Said pager lights up with a red, blue, and gold version of the Hala star—the symbol of the Kree homeworld that Carol wears as part of her uniform. In both trailers, we see a younger, two-eyed Fury, and his relationship with Carol is presumably the heart of the film. We may also learn what drives Fury to become the director of SHIELD and start up the Avengers Initiative (and potentially how he loses an eye.)

Captain Marvel rockets into theaters on March 8th, 2019, and Carol will return in Avengers: Endgame April 26th, 2019.

Collier, or CJ as he’s known to his friends, is a screenwriter and blogger residing in Seattle. When he isn’t at his laptop or at work, he loves to read comics, watch movies, play card games, and hit the local arcade. Spider-Man is his favorite fictional character of all time.

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