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Warning: This post contains a few spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War!
By now, as I’m sure you’re painfully aware, Avengers: Infinity War wraps up on a heartbreaking note: Thanos fulfills his mission of obtaining all six powerful Infinity Stones and vaporizes half of the universe’s population with a literal snap of his fingers. That means some of our beloved Avengers turn to dust before our eyes, including S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders). Their deaths go down in the film’s sole postcredits scene, one that sneakily sets up 2019’s Captain Marvel.
Once you recovered from the shock of seeing the new hero’s red, yellow, and blue symbol flash on Nick Fury’s beeper, you might have had a few questions. First, where does one purchase a beeper in this day and age? And second, since Captain Marvel — aka Carol Danvers — comes into her powers in the ’90s, how is she going to zip up to the late 2010s to help take on Thanos and save the universe? Can she time travel or what?
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Captain Marvel’s powers are pretty important, as far as the MCU is concerned. In fact, she’s so damn important that the Avengers have basically no chance of defeating Thanos without her. Her film, which stars Brie Larson as Danvers and just dropped its first trailer, isn’t coming out until March 2019, but it will presumably track her rise from an Air Force pilot into one of the most powerful cosmic beings the world has ever seen. The exact nature of how she’ll develop her abilities in the movie is murky, but using her comic backstory, we can assume it will involve her DNA being fused with a Kree warrior’s (an alien race) and an interaction with Mar-Vell (aka Doctor Walter Lawson, who will be played by Jude Law).
Her newfound abilities will include enhanced durability, speed, flight, inhuman strength, and the power to shoot unbelievably powerful energy bursts from her hands. The one thing she doesn’t possess is the ability to travel through time whenever she pleases, which makes her scheduled appearance in Avengers 4 a little tricky. Although she can’t time travel in the traditional sense (or in the way Doctor Strange can, with the Time Stone), there’s still a way she’ll be able to skip over a few decades to aid the Avengers post-Thanos.
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