Captain Marvel will turn out to be the strongest Superhero we have seen in Marvel till now, and she will be the top contender in Avengers 4 that can take down Thanos. The famous actress Brie Larson has been cast to play Carol Danvers, an air-force pilot whose DNA accidently mixed up with an alien and she turns into an enhanced person with superpowers i.e Captain Marvel. Marvel President is pretty excited about bringing her into the mix and onto the big screen, here’s what he said at Comic-Con:
“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? How does it fit into what we’re doing with the next Avengers movies? 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.”
We have talked about her powers as she is immensely powerful, having a vast array of power and abilities which no one can withstand. She seems unbeatable when it comes to one on one combat, but she is not as formidable as we think she might be. Here are the weaknesses that Captain Marvel possesses, which may lead to her defeat pretty easily:
Captain Marvel may be invulnerable to the likes of power stealing characters such as Rogue, who can touch her and absorb her powers for a while. If Rogue manages to get closer to Carol, it may be game over for her. Even in the comics, Rogue was able to completely wreck her life by taking her powers and even thoughts. Also, there are plenty of power stealers who are more powerful than Rogue, so it’s a huge weakness.
She is susceptible to mind-control and is not entirely insulated from such attacks. Characters with Telepathic abilities can easily gain an upper hand against Captain Marvel. So, people like Professor X, Mr. Sinister and even Jean Grey would not only be able to read her thoughts, but also control them and her, turning her against her own allies. She is yet to devise an effective strategy if she is confronted with a powerful telepath.
This has been one of the major concerns for Captain Marvel even in the comics as when her banter with Rogue happened, Rogue absorbed all her powers & abilities and she did not even leave her memories intact. Other than Rogue, telepaths like Charles and Mr. Sinister are also capable of doing this, and Scarlet Witch can also alter her memories and play with her brain. This could actually drive Captain Marvel to craziness.
Till now, we can be sure that Captain Marvel is not mentally as strong as her physical abilities are. She is vulnerable to Mind Control and memory loss, but with these two weaknesses also comes the risk of getting brainwashed.
While we know that Prof. X would easily be able to do this, in the comics Marcus, the son of Immortus, became obsessed with Carol and brainwashed her and manipulated her into falling in love with him. Well, as long as it may have lasted, Marcus turned out to be one lucky living being!
In the starting run of Carol Danvers in the comics, she actually developed two different split personalities when she got her abilities, as she was totally unaware of what she did as Captain Marvel while she was Carol Danvers. It is more like the Hulk and Bruce Banner. So when her powers may take control over her mind, she may or may harm someone she cares about or do something horrendous which she may later regret.
Magic and Mystical Abilities
We may think that once Captain Marvel comes into the MCU, the Superheroes may not have a defense strategy once she goes rogue. But it is not that as the Avengers possess two big guns who can easily stop Captain Marvel/ Ms. Marvel if someone does end up mind controlling her or she herself decides to go against the Avengers as she is vulnerable to magic and magical energy.
The likes of Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch can totally hold her because of this vulnerability. At the end of the day, she has incredible superpowers but not magical abilities to ward off such attacks.
Well, this comes in relation with the Mind Control and power stealing abilities talked above as in the comics, Telepaths have been able to take possession of her mind and body, using her physical powers to fight their own enemies by inhabiting her body.
Once Captain Marvel, there is no stopping her as her power levels go even beyond what you may think would be her peak, but this doesn’t last very long as the longer she exerts as Binary, the faster will her powers deplete to leave her virtually useless. This has happened in the comics as once she exerted all her power to save the sun and when she returned home, it took months for her to gain her powers back.
Being Mind controlled and having stolen her powers, it took Carol months to regain her powers and during this time, she actually had a psychological breakdown and started consuming alcohol instead of seeking help for the trauma she suffered. Tony Stark quickly understood what Carol was going through and helped her get on the right track as she made simple mistakes that nearly caused catastrophe more than once.
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Captain Marvel was teased in the post-credits of Avengers Infinity War when Mariah Hill and Nick Fury turned into ash in the aftermath of Thanos snapping his fingers wearing a gauntlet, but Fury sent a distress signal from his pager to Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel just in time. The official movie synopsis reads:
“Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment”.
Captain Marvel will be officially launched in her solo movie to be released in next year March. It is set in 1990’s featuring ancient Kree-Skrull war with Captain Marvel in the crossfire. It mainly stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/ Captain Marvel, Jude Law as Dr. Walter Lawson/ Mar-Vell, Djimon Hounsou as Korath The Pursuer, Lee Pace as Ronan The Accuser, Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury and Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson.
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.”