* Spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War ahead!
Captain Marvel’s arrival was first mentioned in the post credits scene in Avengers: Infinity War — in the wake of Thanos’ deadly snap, just as he’s drifting to dust, Nick Fury pages (yes, pages) the elusive Captain Marvel.
Who exactly is Captain Marvel? Well, she is Carol Danvers (formerly known as Ms. Marvel), an officer in the US Air Force and commander of a secret military base. She meets Dr. Walter Lawson, who is actually a Kree alien. While on the base she is in an explosion caused by one of Dr. Lawson’s machines. She survives the explosion, but emerges with super human abilities. Though the character dates back to the 1970s, the film is set during the 1990s. (Check out the sweet, nostalgic Captain Marvel 90s website: https://www.marvel.com/captainmarvel/)
Thanks to the post credits Infinity War scene, we know that Captain Marvel will play a key role in defeating Thanos in Avengers: Endgame. It seems as if Danvers has been out of duty for a while, seeing as she wasn’t called upon for any of the other big fights. Not much is known about her.
What is known about her, though, is that she has the potential ability to time travel, which will of course be crucial to reviving those destroyed by Thanos. The thing about Captain Marvel is that her powers are kind of unlimited, she has been known as the strongest Avenger, and she works both on Earth and in space. She’s the total package.
Alongside Brie Larson in the titular role, Jude Law will play the original Captain Marvel (named Mar-Vell) and Crazy Rich Asians’ Gemma Chan as alien starforce sniper Minn-Erva. Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role as Nick Fury, as will Clark Gregg as SHEILD leader Agent Phil Coulson.
Additionally, Captain Marvel is no origin story. Carol Danvers will already have her powers at the start of the film — a perhaps refreshing change from the Marvel story we’re used to.
Captain Marvel is slated to be the savior of the universe, and she is the key to defeating Thanos.
Captain Marvel arrives March 8th, on International Women’s Day.