Carol Danvers rocked our world this March with the Captain Marvel movie over-performing beyond expectations in all the theatres that had the honor of releasing it worldwide. The movie was a step forward in many aspects. Not only was it the first movie to feature a female lead but also helped introduce a superhero that actually had the power to stand up against the might of Thanos, the Mad Titan.
To keep things interesting, the Director of Captain Marvel had personally roped in a lot of scenes containing interesting Easter eggs and comic book references into the movie. While some of them the fans managed to point out in the theatres itself, the majority of them are still yet to be found. One eagle-eyed fan though managed to point out a comic book reference to one of the most iconic female superheroes of the Marvel Pantheon – Spider-Woman, and it was a reference that everyone missed for some reason!! Presenting – Captain Marvel’s massive Spider-Woman reference that everyone missed!!
SPOILER ALERT: The following paragraphs contain huge spoilers for the Captain Marvel movie currently in theatres. If you intend to watch it in the near future, look away…..
Carol Danvers ends up on Earth after escaping the Skrull Warship and finds her way back to her old life and friends using the vestiges of memories she still has intact after the Kree wiped out her past life from her mind. The friend that she reunites with is none other than Maria Rambeau, her Air Force friend that managed to become a capable test fighter pilot just like Carol did. When Carol is seen reminiscing with her old friend, a certain shirt under the leather jacket Maria is wearing screams a different name. It is a clear reference to Jessica Drew – Marvel Comics’ Spider-Woman.
Jessica Drew cannot be officially featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies because Sony bought the rights to Spider-Man and all associated characters back in the early 2000s. As a result, these passive references are the only way Marvel can keep in touch with such superheroes now. Jessica Drew wears a classic red, gold and black toned costume and is a well-known superhero in Marvel Comics. In the movie, Maria wears a shirt with similar color tones of red, white, gold and black in overlapping with each other at different shades.
In another scene, she is seen wearing a shirt that shows a triangle in a form similar to the one Jessica Drew has on her chest portion of the super suit. The triangle is almost hidden beneath the jacket and we could only see the tip of it in that scene. But it is more than enough to understand the reference.
The movie has taken a different approach to the way the name Rambeau is dealt with in the big screens. In the comics, Carol Danvers is actually friends with Monica Rambeau (the daughter of Maria Rambeau in the Captain Marvel movie) and not Maria Rambeau. In the comics, Monica is known as Spectrum, who is thought to be an even more powerful superhero than Captain Marvel. At one point of time, Monica even took over the mantle of Captain Marvel in the comic books.
Jessica Drew, on the other hand, is the one and only Spider-Woman. Though the rights to Spider-Woman are held by Sony who will be willing to let go of her, the fact that Marvel made an effort to keep the fans on the edge of their seats by putting in such a subtle reference manages to send the right message to the fans.
The Last Marvel movie to be released under the Disney banner is Captain Marvel. The movie is currently in theatres. The official film synopsis for the movie reads:
Captain Marvel is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. Living on Earth in 1995, she keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. With help from Nick Fury, Captain Marvel tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls.