Disney is really happy and proud of their latest MCU movie. It seems that they are so pleased with what Captain Marvel is doing that they have actually forgotten to market their next big movie, i.e. Dumbo. But nevertheless, let’s stick to Captain Marvel and talk about her origin in the MCU. This wasn’t your tradition origin story as it unraveled totally differently as compared to the other first films in the MCU. It was so non-traditional that the film actually did not dive into explaining what her powers are, to what extent is she invulnerable. But we did get the gist of it all.
With the movie now being out for more than a week, Marvel has also released a book called ‘Captain Marvel The Official Movie Special.’ In it, we have an exclusive interview from Kevin Feige as he talks about Captain Marvel being the strongest MCU hero. Here’s what he said:
“In our comics mythology, Captain Marvel is a character who’s got one foot on Earth and one foot in the cosmic arena. Now that we’ve made a number of movies that take place on Earth, and a number of cosmic adventures with the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Thor, we thought it was the right time to finally introduce Captain Marvel to the world. She’s one of the most powerful – and one of the most popular – characters in our comics, and will be the most powerful character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
Well, this immense power that she has is again because of an Infinity Stone. The Tesseract’s inclusion in the movie was predicted by many people but we actually didn’t know that Carol’s powers are actually from the cube containing an Infinity Stone. That is why she would come in really handy in Avengers: Endgame. But why did the creatives behind this film opt to bring in something that has already been established in the MCU?
In the comics, Carol gets her powers from the explosion of a Psyche Magnetron Device and Mar-Vell’s DNA getting mixed with hers. Well, something similar did happen here as only the device was powered by the Tesseract, and she even got the blood of a Kree running in her body.
But instead of Mar-Vell, it is Yon Rogg’s DNA that has been mixed with her powers. So this mixture of Human DNA, Kree DNA, and Space Stone is what makes Carol as strong as she is. But we still haven’t got the answer as to why the Tesseract was used.
Captain Marvel directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck explained why they altered her origin in a recent Empire Podcast. Here’s what Boden said:
“You knew that something needed to give Carol her powers and I think that we were at a point when we were brainstorming with the team at Marvel and just like “why create a whole new thing? Like we have all this powerful stuff that’s already in the Marvel universe. Do we really need to create a whole new energy source for her to gain her powers, we have some to choose from, and so we decided to go with the Tesseract.”
So we have the answer to our question, and it is totally understandable that having this as an energy source fits much better in the confounds of the MCU. Moreover, Carol had to be established as the strongest MCU hero, and what could be more powerful than an Infinity Stone being her source of power. Even Scarlet Witch got her powers from the Mind Stone, but we can assume that her powers are probably not stronger than the likes of Carol. But let’s see.
Captain Marvel is currently playing in the theatres. Here’s the official Synopsis:
“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.”