With the release of Avengers Infinity War fans finally got a taste of what the MCU is truly capable of. We were given everything that was promised, well almost everything. The movie had death, destruction, carnage, love, sacrifice and even talk of a baby Iron Man. It lifts us higher and then broke our expectations when we wanted it to work the most. The feature film works, in classic Marvel fashion.
Leading up to the 27th April release there was a lot of chatter surrounding Infinity War. The amount of rumors floating around were exceptionally cheesy and most of them seemed to concern only one woman in particular. I’m talking about no one other than Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel herself. Well, we didn’t see her in the Infinity War but in the post-credits, she was teased when Nick Fury sent her a distress signal before turning into ash.
The figure of Captain Marvel is perhaps one of the more obscure ones from the Marvel comics. But anyone who’s ever picked up a comic knows exactly what Danvers is capable of. Maybe that is the reason that it came as no surprise to anyone that the after credits scene to Avengers: Infinity War was just a big build-up to next year’s Captain Marvel. Setting up that nick fury already knows the mighty heroine who will (probably?) act as the savior of all of the universes against the might of Thanos and the infinity gems.
Being the leader of a resistance of superheroes is one thing but does the “Strongest Avenger” have what it takes to lift the mighty hammer Mjollnir. I guess the question is.
Is Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel Worthy?
Mixed up in a bundle of conspiracy theories and somewhat of a controversy the intellectual property right of the “Captain Marvel” title has always been a source of controversy. Originally used by DC, ‘Captain Marvel’ was the name that the Shazam character was introduced in the DC comic verse. Albeit a string of controversy, the name and the Intellectual property right was finally claimed by Marvel comics with a condition that the studio must publish a comic every year, and the year they don’t the name returns to DC for use.
The character Shazam is a very powerful magician who wields the power of six Gods condensed into one. But let’s not underestimate Carol Danvers. Imagine Superman had a baby girl with Wonder Woman who was taught how to fight in the air and manoeuver in mid-air by the legendary fighter pilot Hal Jordan. If that sounds awesome to you then you’ve already fallen in like be with Captain Marvel.
That is her power. The strength of Superman, the might of wonder woman, and the tactics of green lantern all condensed into this awesome superheroine that will save the universe come Avengers 4.
Be that as it may, it still does not mean that this girl is worthy of the powers of a thunder God (not like she needs them). Carol Danvers has some incredible feats in her arsenal. If you take a look at the Reddit thread aptly titled “Respect Carol Danvers” you’ll know that the superhero is no ordinary avenger and she’s definitely not a damsel in distress. Captain Marvel is a force to be reckoned with, she has the capability to reach supersonic speeds, even reaching Mach 249 in some instances.
She has feats of power that astound hulk himself. She can speed blitz warriors like Gamora and can take down beasts like Thanos (if it is a battle of resilience and strength). But none of this makes her a worthy candidate for the position of Thunder God. Danvers has undertaken many a heroics in her career as Captain Marvel and thwarted many villains in her escapades, however, lifting the hammer of Thor is a different ball game altogether.
We all remember the famous scene from Age of Ultron where all the Avengers try to lift the hammer and try to determine if they’re worthy. We see these heroes struggle and fail one after another, only Captain America is able to even move Mjolnir, barely at that.
Natasha Romanoff’s remark “I don’t want the answer to that question” is also one of the highlights of the scene that solidifies the lore behind the hammer in the Marvel cinematic and comic universes.
Many fans argued that if Cap can’t lift the hammer then it’s impossible for any enhanced individual to do it. He is the most principled, patriotic and revered superhero who has always put the mission first and his own life later. He has always put the interests of the country and team above his selfish personal interests. Moreover, this was not the first time he was lifting the hammer.
In comics, he has lifted the mighty hammer multiple times and even used it against the bad guys. Also, the so-called “unworthy” Iron Man has lifted Mjolnir in comics. In DC/Marvel Crossover in the 1990’s, Superman and Wonder Woman managed to lift it as well.
The only possible explanation offered was that Cap may be patriotic, honest and sincere with noble intent but at the end of the day, he is a “Blood Knight” which is a problem from the point of view of lifting Mjolnir. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Cap’s worst nightmare was that the war is over. Moreover, his objection to Tony’s Stark’s creation of Ultron was that war can’t be stopped like this, instead of a broader moralistic argument.
When Thor was fighting just for the sake of it, he was banished too. Well, the judgment of Gods works on premises we humans are not capable of comprehending or maybe Mjolnir is Thor’s plot armor.
Hmmmm…. this is too deep right…
For now, even though Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel is probably the heaviest hitter avengers have in their arsenal against Thanos but she is still not worthy to wield the power of Thor. According to Marvel President Kevin Feige, she is the most powerful of them all. Here’s what he has said till now:
“With Captain Marvel, there’s so much potential in the comics and there have been so many incarnations of her powers and the characters who’ve had that mantle that we’ve been focusing in on exactly how do we tell her origin. How does it fit into the cosmic side of our universe? Really, the focus now is on delivering Captain Marvel, and then bringing Captain Marvel’s story into the finale of everything we’ve started thus far.”
“All of the Marvel characters have flaws to them, all of them have a deep humanity to them. With Captain Marvel, she is as powerful a character as we’ve ever put in a movie. Her powers are off the charts, and when she’s introduced, she will be by far the strongest character we’ve ever had. It’s important, then, to counterbalance that with someone who feels real. She needs to have a humanity to tap into, and Brie can do that.”
Captain Marvel solo movie is in the pipeline set to be released on March 6, 2019. Directed by Anne Boden and Ryan Fleck. The cast includes Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/ Captain Marvel, Jude Law as Dr. Walter Lawson/ Mar-Vell, Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Lee Pace as Ronan The Accuser, Gemma Chan as Doctor Miner, Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson and Ben Mendelsohn in an Untitled role.
The official movie synopsis reads:
“The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”