Concerning powers, trust, and Secret Invasion.
In the process of delivering the superhero origin story for Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel raised some important questions that don’t have obvious answers and created more than a few continuity problems for the MCU. We had a feeling some of you might’ve also noticed the same issues, so to attempt to answer them we made some educated guesses based on what we know about the MCU and looked to the comics for possible solutions.
Warning: full spoilers for Captain Marvel ahead!
How Exactly Did Nick Fury Lose His Eye?
We all remember that line from Captain America: The Winter Soldier where Fury told Cap, “Last time I trusted someone, I lost an eye.” That painted a picture of Fury being tragically betrayed, but turns out the true story is Goose clawed him in the face because he just couldn’t resist cuddling a cute cat, which is totally understandable… if you hadn’t just seen it turn into a nasty tentacle monster from hell. So maybe try not holding him right up to your face?
But the weirdest part is, later at dinner, Fury gets asked about his eye and he’s like, yeah it’s fine. Cut to him later at SHIELD and he’s wearing an eye-patch! Turns out it was very much not fine. But what happened? Did it get infected with alien bacteria? And why doesn’t he seem even remotely upset that he essentially lost an eye? Frankly, we’d be pissed.
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Can Marvel Still Do a Secret Invasion Movie?
The Skrulls finally made their big-screen debut, but given that they’re not villains like in the comics, it seems doubtful Marvel would now adapt their most iconic comic, Secret Invasion, where the Skrulls secretly replaced key members in governments and superhero teams around the world and then activated those sleeper agents in an attempt to take over the world. Secret Invasion features a massive battle between the Skrulls and Earth’s superheroes, which sounded like a great premise for the fifth Avengers movie, but now it may never happen, at least not anytime soon.
Secret Invasion is why so many fans were posting theories on which member of the Avengers has been a Skrull this whole time, but Marvel didn’t even remotely hint at that sort of thing. We used to think Hawkeye was a Skrull, but now we’re pretty sure the real Skrull impostor is… Kevin Feige. He’s tricking us into thinking the Skrulls are good people so we let our guard down. We’re watching you, Feige!
Why Does Fury Trust Captain Marvel So Easily?
Nick Fury eventually becomes the most badass spy on earth — he’s the spy — so we know he’s a smart guy, even at this younger age, but after he learns about the shapeshifting Skrulls, he becomes way too trusting of Captain Marvel. They try to address this in the bar scene where he questions how he’s supposed to tell that she’s not a Skrull, but she just responds by blasting the jukebox, and Fury just accepts that as confirmation she is indeed not a Skrull. But that doesn’t settle anything!
Why Didn’t Nick Fury Call Captain Marvel During the First Avengers Movie?
We went into Captain Marvel wondering why Nick Fury didn’t call her for help during the Battle of New York, but the movie never gave us a decent answer. When Carol gives Fury that cosmic pager, she says it’s just in case of emergency, but the Chitauri invading New York City certainly sounds like an emergency to us!
Seriously, we literally see Captain Marvel repel alien attackers all by herself. Why would Fury not call her when aliens attacked again? Picking up that pager certainly sounds better than manipulating a group of heroes with clashing personalities into saving the world, but then again, if Captain Marvel had been there we wouldn’t have gotten the swing around shot of the Avengers assembling… so actually never mind we are fine with this.
How Did Mar-Vell Get the Tesseract?
We know Howard Stark recovered the cube from the bottom of the ocean and it was secured by SHIELD. That would mean Mar-Vell, disguised as Lawson and working for Project Pegasus, got a security clearance high enough to not only access but experiment with the most powerful artifact on the planet. You’d have to imagine SHIELD would be keeping an eye on that thing, so how did Mar-Vell sneak it off-planet to her ship without anyone noticing? Seems like something you’d want to keep close tabs on!
How Did Captain Marvel Get Her Powers?
We see the events that led to Carol getting her abilities, but was anyone else confused to how she was imbued with super powers instead of, you know, dying in that explosion? We could chalk it up to a freak accident caused by the mixing of Tesseract energy and Kree tech, but that’s not very satisfying.
In the comics, Carol and the original Captain Marvel were caught in the explosion of a device called the Psyche-Magnitron, infusing her with his Kree DNA and giving her his powers.
But while two Kree were present during this scene in the movie — Mar-Vell and Yon-Rogg — it didn’t look like they had anything to do with Carol’s transformation.
The best way we can explain this is by looking to Age of Ultron where we learned Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch were the only two survivors of experiments with the Mind Stone, so perhaps Carol is like them in that she’s one of few living beings able to endure and become enhanced by the energy of an Infinity Stone.
Those are the biggest WTF questions we had while watching Captain Marvel. Let us know in the comments if you have any theories that could provide an answer.
For more on Captain Marvel, check out our review, our breakdown of the end credits scenes, discover which classic Marvel character was gender-swapped for the movie, find out how the film pays tribute to Stan Lee, and learn all you need to know about Captain Marvel’s cat Goose.
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