In a universe full of BAMF female heroes, it’s a bit frustrating that after a decade of building the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU,) there still isn’t a female-led movie in the franchise—until 2019, that is. Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) has been in the works for years now, mainly due to the aforementioned sentiment that more representation is needed, but the movie has been pushed back multiple times. Carol Danvers is about to have her day in 2019 with a movie set in the ’90s, yaaas.
This is a huge moment for the MCU, and it’s not surprising that Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Adam Russo withheld her big debut from the movie. In addition to the necessity for her to stand on her own, plot-wise, it would have interfered with the ballsy ending of Infinity War.
While she wasn’t physically present in the movie, she was represented in a major way during the post-credits scene, so she’ll no doubt play a large role in the fourth Avengers installment after her own movie is released. Of course, the Russo brothers are remaining tight-lipped on all matters relating to the future of the Avengers. But, Adam noted on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast, “She will be a part of the MCU at that point, and part of the promise of these movies is that they are a road forward for all the films.” Our fearless lady is credited with being the most “versatile and powerful hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet.” Suck it, Thor. When a girl is more powerful than a god: #girlpower (We love you, Thor.)
Super powerful heroes with superpowers are, of course, a challenge to write. During a previous interview with comicbook.com, Joe Russo eloquently stated that, “With super powerful characters, it’s always about the flaw in the character, how is the character human? How is the character accessible? I have a hard time with comic book characters, I did as a child, that were too powerful because I never feared for them, I never felt like I could relate to them. I think that’s why traditionally Batman is the most popular DC comic character, he’s human. So, it’s important for us when we’re working with uber-powerful characters, to understand their vulnerability on a psychological level.”
With a character of such magnitude, it will be exciting to see her unveiled at the center of her own movie and story, rather than a chess piece in someone else’s.