How Captain Marvel Could Be the Key to Beating Thanos in Avengers 4

Marvel Studios via YouTube
Marvel Studios via YouTube

by Dana Samuel

After the heartbreaking ending of Avengers: Infinity War, it seemed like we would be living in a constant state of disbelief forever at the fact that so many of our favorite superheroes met such a cruel fate.

Well, this latest ​fan theory about Captain Marvel is a serious light at the end of the tunnel.

First of all, for those of you who may not know, a new superhero is about to emerge in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and her name is Captain Marvel. The ​first trailer for the film, which stars Brie Larson in the title role, was just released, and it looks absolutely epic.

Captain Marvel is set to premiere next March, which is perfect timing before Avengers 4, which is set to come out next May. So how exactly can Carol Danvers (a.k.a. Captain Marvel) help our fallen heroes?

Infinity War viewers were actually introduced to Captain Marvel during the film's post-credits scene. The scene takes place after Thanos's ​"snapping," as half of the universe is turning to dust. S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Nick Fury and Maria Hill are about to meet the same unfortunate end as the world is crumbling around them, but before Nick meets his maker, he gets out a distress signal.

The only thing seen is a red, white, and blue logo flashing on the screen, which turns out to be Captain Marvel's insignia.

A screen grab from 'Infinity War'
Marvel Studios

Here's where things get hopeful.

According to the theory, Captain Marvel may be able to use her Cosmic Awareness to defeat Thanos.

Based on the abilities of ​Captain Marvel in the comic books, in addition to her ability to teleport and cast illusions, Cosmic Awareness will allow her to "metabolize solar energy and convert it for a variety of uses, including superhuman strength, the projection of photon energy blasts, and flight ... increase intellect, granting limited precognitive powers and the ability to ascertain an opponent's weakness."

Josh Brolin in 'Avengers: Infinity War' (2018)
Marvel Studios

In simpler terms, Captain Marvel can use her Cosmic Awareness "to restore reality to a point before Thanos got control of the Infinity Gauntlet." If she does this, then all of the Avengers who died would come back to life, and can band together to defeat Thanos.

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Jawku/Actigun
Jawku/Actigun

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The Writers of Avengers: Endgame Explain Why Captain America Wasn't Able to Lift Thor's Hammer

Chris Evans as Captain America.
Chris Evans as Captain America.
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One of the best moments of Avengers: Endgame came when Captain America, played by Chris Evans, was worthy enough to lift Thor's hammer during the final fight with Thanos. Steve Rogers/Captain America's journey in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been one of the most interesting to watch, and seeing him lift Thor's hammer was a stunning conclusion to his arc. However, the moment left some fans wondering why Steve wasn't able to wield the weapon in prior battles.

ComicBook.com recently hosted a quarantine watch party of Avengers: Endgame, where the film's writers, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, were asked why Steve didn't lift the hammer during the Avengers Tower party scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron. According to Markus, it had to do with Cap's best friend Bucky, a.k.a. the Winter Soldier. Markus said Cap couldn't lift the hammer because he knew the Winter Soldier had killed Tony Stark's parents. However, this information doesn't come to light until Captain America: Civil War, so Steve might have been burdened with the secret, making him unworthy to lift the hammer.

There have been other opinions on why Steve didn't life the hammer until Endgame. As ComicBook.com reported, Marvel Studios executive Louis D'Esposito has his own view on the matter.

"If you remember from Ultron, they were all sitting around in the Avengers complex in Manhattan, and there's a party, and they're all a bit inebriated, and they're loose, and they're having fun, and they're all trying to pick up the hammer," D'Esposito said. "It's Captain America's turn to try, and you look over to Thor's face, and he says, 'I think he might be able to do it,' but Cap doesn't pick it up. But Cap could've always picked it up. He didn't want to at that point because it would've not been right."

No matter the reasoning, watching Cap lift Thor's hammer was incredibly satisfying. Rewatch Avengers: Endgame, along with tons of other fun titles, with a subscription to Disney+ here.

[h/t ComicBook.com]

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