Captain Marvel is an MCU film, which means her story is far from done. We look at what’s next for the character and what all her future may hold.
After over 20 films, it should be clear by now that no Marvel character, except maybe some villains, are ever truly done after one film. If anything, Captain Marvel is proof that even dead villains can come back in other films. With Marvel pushing Carol Danvers to be one of the leaders of the Avengers and the MCU as a whole moving forward, the question becomes what’s next? Luckily we have some pretty solid ideas. MAJOR SPOILERS ahead, obviously.
As seen in the mid-credits scene of Captain Marvel and alluded to in the post-credits scene in Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame will see Carol Danvers returning to Earth thanks to Nick Fury sending an SOS via his intergalactic pager. How she plays into the fight against Thanos isn’t exactly clear. It’s likely that she will play a major role in helping the Avengers succeed, and in turn, help the transition as the original team bows out and the newer Marvel heroes take center stage.
One element that may help Carol’s integration into the Avengers team is the fact that outside of Earth she has likely become a well known hero. With Rocket joining the living Avengers to help defeat Thanos once and for all, he may know Captain Marvel and be able to vouch for her. There may be some tension given Rocket’s history of crime and violence, but when has tension between Avengers not been entertaining?
Captain Marvel 2
While Marvel has yet to announce a sequel to Captain Marvel, there’s no doubt that one is coming down the line. The question becomes what story will that sequel tell. There’s a decent chance that the film could pick up after the events of Avengers: Endgame, but overall, it’d be insane to think that the film wouldn’t follow up on the ending of Captain Marvel. By the end of the film we’re essentially set up with the idea that somehow Carol Danvers is going to stop the Kree from being a hostile Empire, take out the Supreme Intelligence, and potentially defeat the threat of Ronan the Accuser–all of which should happen within the time span of 1995 to 2014, as the Kree Empire has finished a long fought war with the Nova Corps in 2014 , is now at peace, and Ronan has essentially been cast out.
Captain Marvel did a lot to help expand the cosmic side of the MCU, and it may expand it further in the sequel. Given the events of Guardians of the Galaxy, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Carol team up with the Nova Corps to fight the Kree army and eventually come to a peace treaty. This may also help introduce a character that fans have been yearning for since the Nova Corps was introduced to the MCU in Guardians: Nova.
Nova was originally Rhomann Dey, the last survivor of the Nova Corps, but he sent his powers to the human Richard Rider, who then travelled through space fighting cosmic villains and would occasionally help the Avengers. The MCU has already introduced Rhomann Dey (John C. Riley) in Guardians. There’s always a chance that Carol could team up with Rhomann in the sequel or maybe even a young Nova Prime (Glenn Close). Either way, it could be the perfect sequel to help expand the cosmic side of the MCU even further.
For now, you can catch the first adventure for Captain Marvel in theaters. Be sure to continue following Poor Man’s Spoiler for all of our coverage of the film, and don’t forget to check out our previous articles at the links below.
Captain Marvel 101
Exploring the MCU in the 90’s
Captain Marvel: Spoiler-Free Review
Captain Marvel – A Feud That Shouldn’t Exist
Our Favorite Female Film Heroes
Goose the Cat
Supreme Intelligence: Explaining The Kree AI
Captain Marvel: Spoiler Review
Ronan the Accuser
Skrulls: Their Future in the MCU