Could Marvel Be Playing With The Introduction Of Captain Marvel Into The Marvel Cinematic Universe?
|Photo: Marvel Animation|
When I read the story in Newsarama and saw this image of the Avengers, I got really excited that they could possibly be slowly introducing Captain Marvel into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now, granted, this is an image from an animated film, but, as you can see, Marvel is slowly melding all its universes together. Or, at least make us feel a level of familiarity throughout their various forms of media.
I am dying to see more women in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And, aside from the Wasp (which I've talked about before) there are two women heroes that I'd love to see take their place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And, please remember I'm talking about the Marvel Cinematic Universe where characters from the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Spider-Man universes are, unfortunately, not eligible.
Anyway, Carol Danvers (aka Captain Marvel) is definitely one of these women. She's been involved in the Marvel Universe since the 1960s...although, she wasn't really introduced with superpowers until the 1970s where she was known as Ms. Marvel. Carol Danvers got her superpowers when a device melded her with the Kree hero Captain Marvel which made her a human/Kree hybrid. As such, she has superhuman strength and a level of invulnerability, she can fly and she can absorb energy and emit photonic energy. And, through the years, she also became known as Binary, Warbird and, most recently, she took on the name of Captain Marvel, in honor of the original Captain Marvel.
In September, there were lots of rumors circulating that Katie Sackhoff was in discussions about the role (which were dismissed) in light of Kevin Feige's talking about Marvel Studios eventually going to do a solo filmed centered around a woman hero. But, could this appearance in Marvel's Avengers Confidential: Black Widow and Punisher be a sign of things to come?
But, as much as I'd like to see Captain Marvel get a solo film, there is another woman character that might even make more sense, especially with the infrastructure in place. This would be Jessica Drew (aka Spider-Woman) who has an interesting back story, I think that could make interesting fodder in film form. She gained her spider powers at birth when her mother was hit by a laser beam containing DNA from different kinds of spiders. It turns out that her parents were scientists trying to combine spider and human DNA and their research was being funded by HYDRA, an villainous organization already having been introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: The First Avenger and even recently mentioned in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Through various circumstances, Jessica Drew is tricked into becoming an agent of HYDRA. But, later, she realizes the true intent of the organization and become an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. serving as a double agent.
Marvel could easily start introducing her into the Marvel Cinematic Universe first through Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and then injecting her in some way into the films. The double agent idea would be fascinating to watch on the television show and could definitely inject the kind of excitement fans want from the show.
We'll all have to see what woman hero Kevin Feige might be referencing, but the possibilities are exciting and I look forward to seeing how it all plays out.