The Marvel Cinematic Universe is going to get a little extra dose of estrogen when Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters.
Around the same time Kevin Feige was casually mentioning Marvel’s commitment to a Black Widow franchise (FRANCHISE!!!) after Phase III, Joe and Anthony Russo were accidentally letting it slip that Carol Danvers (aka Captain Marvel) is set to make an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War.
At an event at the Smithsonian Institute, presumably to promote Captain America: Civil War, the Russo brothers began discussing the third (and fourth) Avengers film and mentioned Captain Marvel’s name in passing. An audience member – always so quick to catch any piece of information – picked up on the name drop and asked if they were confirming that Captain Marvel would be in Infinity War. The Russos tried to backtrack by claiming they meant totally different character Captain Barvel. Too late, boys. Never try to fool a group of fans.
Captain Marvel is getting her own solo film, but not until 2019, and it stands to reason that she would be introduced in an earlier film in a smaller, supporting role. For example, Black Panther and Spider-man both being a part of Civil War in order to help set up their own solo outings (in 2018 and 2017, respectively). Captain Marvel’s movie is sandwiched between the two parts of the next outing of the Avengers. So yes, it would make sense to bring her in for Infinity War.
But why wait that long to introduce her? While in the comics Carol Danvers has worked with the Guardians of the Galaxy, she probably won’t be showing up that early (considering we don’t have a Captain Marvel yet and Guardians 2 is currently filming). That eliminates probably anything else coming out in 2017 (Guardians 2, Spider-man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok are all slated to be released that year) but could still leave other films – Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp – open for an appearance before Infinity War.
Bringing Carol Danvers into the MCU gives the Marvel films a much-needed dose of estrogen. So far, Captain Marvel is the only female-led film currently in development. Natasha Romanov has been a pretty steady force since her first appearance in Iron Man 2, but she’s been relegated to supporting status – and even pushed into unnecessary and out-of-left-field romance subplots. (The previously-mentioned Black Widow movie won’t be hitting theaters until after Phase III finishes in 2019.) We have Gamora and Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy and Maria Hill and Sharon Carter in the Avengers and Captain America franchises. Scarlet Witch’s introduction in Age of Ultron was an added plus, making sure that Black Widow wasn’t the sole female on the Avengers. However, the MCU lags behind the Marvel television universe when it comes to gender equality – Daisy Johnson, Peggy Carter, and Jessica Jones are just a few of the leading ladies who grace the small screen.
While I enjoyed Civil War – like, really really really a lot (by the way, have you read Angel’s review?) – I was disappointed that Sharon Carter didn’t have a bigger role, especially considering… Well, I don’t want to spoil anyone. Let’s just say that I was under the impression she played a larger part, and while they did expand on her character a bit, she didn’t feature as prominently as I had hoped, which I feel was a loss. Introducing Carol Danvers early would go a long way towards tipping the scales a bit. (And then when they’re done with that, they can introduce Kamala Khan, Cindy Moon, Jennifer Walters…) They could also bring in some of the ladies on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as I imagine Infinity War will be all hands on deck.
What do you think of the news that Carol Danvers will probably be in Infinity War? What other, earlier films do you think she could make an appearance in? While we’re on the subject, what other female Marvel characters would you like to see in the MCU?
Author: Jamie Sugah
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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