Captain Marvel introduced us to Carol Danvers this year, and then we saw her fight along with the Avengers on the grandest stages of all. She took on Thanos, and completely stunned him. Without the Infinity Stones, Thanos was certainly a goner, and since the big bald purple head was enough to take on Thor, Captain America & Iron Man at their very best altogether, it is confirmed that Captain Marvel certainly is the strongest being in the team.
Marvel has been setting up her way to become the leader of the team. She hasn’t yet been given the title of Captain so that would probably be a thing of the future. Perhaps Captain Marvel 2 or the next Avengers movie would do that, but we will certainly have to wait. What’s confirmed is that our very own Carol D will surely go on to be the next leader of the team.
Together, Captain Marvel and Black Panther will be the next Captain America and Iron Man. Even with the OGs, Cap was said to be the one calling the shots, but more often than not, it was both Tony and Steve who took the decisions together. We can expect a similar dynamic between Black Panther and Captain Marvel, while Captain Marvel will take the leadership on a regular basis.
In a recent BTS featurette, Kevin Feige himself said that “Now Captain Marvel is about to take the lead, and be at the forefront of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Well, we can imagine the new team to include Black Panther, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Winter Soldier, Iron Patriot, Falcon (Captain America), Wanda, Vision Ant-Man and the Wasp. Hulk & Hawkeye would be retired while there’d be room for new characters like Captain Britain, Black Knight and Valkyrie to join. But all of these heroes would surely follow the leadership of Carol Danvers.
There are rumors that the Avengers brand might just be shelved for a few years, and we’d probably get new smaller teams of heroes instead. According to HN Entertainment, Captain Marvel would actually run a team of The Ultimates in a future movie. The Avengers might not turn out to be a thing again, so it may actually be better for Marvel to have smaller teams instead of one big unit. Or perhaps there is a big unit, and smaller teams are formed to look over different areas.
Let’s see what happens. The future of the MCU will become clear after Spider-Man: Far From Home hits the theatres as Kevin Feige has already talked about it, and the characters which will get to be a part of it. He said:
“The slate that we’re building over the next five years [is] not apples to apples. It is two very distinct things and I hope they’ll feel very distinct. But there is a similar mentality going into it, which is ‘How can we continue to tell stories with some of the characters that audiences already know and love in a unique way, in a different way, in surprising way, of which we have a lot of plans and ideas and work already going into it?’ [Then] ‘How can we introduce new characters that even hardcore fans, comic fans, have barely known or barely heard of.’ That’s really exciting too.
Some of these films will feature characters that you already know. Some supporting characters will assume leading roles, while some new characters will be introduced. The reward for all of these films working is that we get to try to do it again and do it differently and learn from our mistakes and try something we haven’t tried before.”
Although we are yet to know the “What,” we do know the “When” of the upcoming movies. Disney confirmed the release dates of the upcoming films and here are the probable names that could be attached to those dates:
May 1, 2020 (Black Widow)
November 6, 2020 (The Eternals)
February 12, 2021 (Black Panther 2 / Doctor Strange 2 / Shang Chi)
May 2, 2021 (Black Panther 2 / Doctor Strange 2)
November 5, 2021 (Doctor Strange 2 / Shang Chi)
February 18, 2022 (Captain Marvel 2)
May 6, 2022 (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3)
July 29, 2022 (Ant-Man and the Wasp 3 / Spider-Man 3).