Thursday, July 14, 2016

Wild and Crazy Captain Marvel Idea

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This is just a quick idea I came up with a while back.  You may remember that I’ve talked in the past about the concept of the female hero team (A-Force and the Lady Liberators both come to mind).  I’ve also said that this only really works in the MCU as it is set up (a lot of heroes without a ton of connections to each other beyond team boundaries) when you come up with a reason for the guys to stay home and let the girls handle it themselves.  Finally, when talking about this, I’ve pointed out that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. already introduced the perfect character to necessitate an all-girls team-up.

Well, let’s take that a bit further and talk about how this could work into the MCU using one of the movies that is already on the release schedule.  Specifically, what if Captain Marvel turns out to be an all-ladies team-up movie?

Obviously, Carol Danvers needs to be the primary hero in her own first movie, but we’re already seeing two examples of “solo” movies in Phase 3 in which multiple heroes appear (Captain America: Civil War and Thor: Ragnarok); why not make it a trifecta?  Captain Marvel and her origin would be the main focus of the movie, but in my “wild and crazy idea,” the big third act fight would include a sizeable number of other heroes.

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First the set-up:  Thor: Ragnarok ends with Asgard in ruins.  Ragnarok has been averted and Loki has been exposed, but at great cost.  During the confusion, Lorelei (from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) escapes from the dungeons and before anyone can do anything about it she places a large number of warriors under her control, including Thor, Loki, and the Hulk.  By the end credits scene, Lorelei is in control of Asgard and the majority of Asgard’s female warriors are imprisoned, leaving only Sif and Valkyrie free.  In the end credits scene, Sif and Valkyrie escape to Earth/Midgard through one of Loki’s passageways.

At the beginning of Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers gains her powers when her human physiology is somehow enhanced by Kree genetics—maybe it’s some sort of accident while she’s flying or something.  As an Air Force captain, she starts using her powers to help the Air Force investigate extraterrestrial threats.  Around the midpoint of the movie, she investigates a “threat” which turns out to be Sif and Valkyrie.  The three of them fight, but Sif (who’s been to Earth at least 3 times recently) convinces Carol that they are friendly, and Carol agrees to help them.  Sif and Valkyrie explain that they need help to save Asgard and the Nine Realms from Lorelei, who would use Asgard’s might to conquer the Nine Realms and beyond if left unchecked.  Carol suggests the Avengers, but they explain that men are specifically vulnerable to her… “persuasion”—and her army now includes Thor, Loki, the Warriors Three, Heimdall, and even the Hulk.

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Carol and Valkyrie go to an old contact of Carol’s from her days working as an Air Force liaison to S.H.I.E.L.D. (who turns out to be the Black Widow).  Natasha agrees to help them, and thanks to her wandering after Captain America: Civil War, she can introduce them to Scarlet Witch, who also agrees to help.  Meanwhile, Sif went off on her own, found S.H.I.E.L.D., and recruited Daisy to join their mission (mostly off-screen).  Unfortunately, they can’t take any more than six because the passageway can only accommodate that many (or something).

The six of them return to Asgard, and they need to defeat Thor, Hulk, Loki, all of Asgard’s male population, and finally Lorelei, and this is the major climactic battle at the end of the movie.

This would offer some major Tie-Ins with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., possibly give a warning to Earth about the threat of Thanos (if the first Infinity War movie didn’t take place on Earth), connect the Asgardians with Earth’s heroes, and even wrap up a loose end from Captain America: Civil War (specifically Black Widow’s story).  It would also be a really cool way to put a whole bunch of badass female heroes on screen at the same time.

Is this going to happen?  I highly doubt it, particularly for Captain Marvel’s first movie.  However, you never know for a post-Infinity War team-up or Captain Marvel sequel movie.  At some point I think Marvel will decide to go with an all-women team-up, and this would definitely be the most logical way to do it.

Isn’t wild speculation fun?

Do you want to see this in Captain Marvel or a future movie?  Who would you put on an all-female Marvel hero team?  Let me know in the comments!

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