Marvel Needs to Fix: Problem(s) From Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel may be a movie that Disney is very proud of. It may be a Billion Dollar success. But people would surely agree to the fact that it isn’t the best that MCU has to offer. In fact, it probably isn’t even in the top 10 list. That’s because the film had a few fundamental flaws that the sequel definitely needs to overcome. If things went as they are being reported, then we’d surely end up in the theatres watching Captain Marvel 2 within 2 years. Captain Marvel will not be directed by the same pair of directors – Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Marvel is looking for a new female director to helm the project and we hope that the incoming movie maker will fix the following flaws that were a part of Captain Marvel.
In the first film, the biggest flaw of the film was that Captain Marvel was the all-powerful hero who never really struggled against any problem or the villains. Yon Rogg & the Supreme Intelligence were the true villains of the film. They weren’t bad villains at all. But they were nothing against Captain Marvel. Because Captain Marvel is insanely over powered, not a lot of villains can make her feel vulnerable. The final confrontation between Captain Marvel & Yon Rogg was actually quite unique and inflicted a funny moment. But it wasn’t the one that we’d remember.
Through the film, we only saw little teases of how Carol had to struggle growing up. The film kept showing how Carol faced an issue and overcame it almost immediately. We’ve really seen the likes of Captain America, Iron Man and Thor struggle throughout their story arcs. That’s why whatever they have done to overcome their problems have left us inspired. But we cannot say the same for Captain Marvel.
Carol’s portrayal in Endgame was actually much better than it was in her solo film. The movie made good use of her powers and left her out to make the stakes feel much higher. Because she was used in small doses, her grand entrance was very impactful. And even when she came in to fight Thanos, he punched her away using his brains and the brawns of the Power Stone. Carol was a total brat in her own film. In Endgame, she was a team player.
Now since Captain Marvel 2 will be a film about Carol, so she cannot be used in small doses. This time the story will have to find a way to make the stakes higher. That can be done in 2 alternate ways. Either the new villain that comes in has to be even more powerful than Captain Marvel, or one of Carol’s weaknesses have to be exploited so she becomes vulnerable, and thus, feel more relatable. Seeing Carol really struggle and overcome her weakness is what would truly inspire the audience. That is why, Rogue would be the perfect villain for Captain Marvel 2. She & Carol share a rich comic book history and Rogue can really power down the next potential leader of the Avengers.
But in the recent reports, we’ve been hearing that Carol will assemble the A-Force and take the fight to the Alien Race called The Brood. Even if this turns out to be true, writer Megan McDonnell has to make sure that she will exploit some sort of vulnerability that Carol may have. Seeing her lead the female Avengers through her vulnerability would be something that would really establish her as an awesome leader and an inspiring hero. So let’s see how things will turn out with Captain Marvel 2.
Black Widow is going to kick off the future slate. Here’s how the rest of the MCU Phase 4 slate looks like – The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in August 2020, The Eternals on November 6, 2020, WandaVision in December 2020, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12, 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 7, 2021, Loki in Spring 2021, Spider-Man 3 on July 16, 2021, Ms. Marvel in 2021, What If? In Summer 2021, Hawkeye in Fall 2021, and Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021. Following these are Moon Knight and She-Hulk. Black Panther 2 has been scheduled for May 6, 2022. And 7 other unannounced films have release dates for 2022 & 2023.