Many have been vocal about the need for more female superheroes, perhaps more so than ever, and Kevin Feige has admitted that the team at Marvel is paying attention. There’s been talk about Ms. Marvel making a big screen appearance for quite some time now. Remember that rumor from two years ago claiming that Emily Blunt and Ruth Wilson were top choices for the character?
In the comics, the members of the Avengers are always changing, so it’ll always be tough to pinpoint who’s in, who’s out, who will join an ensemble film and who will get their own, however, there have been reports floating around claiming that Ms. Marvel could make her way into a close-approaching Marvel film and pave the way to Phase Three in the process. But now Marvel’s plans for introducing Ms. Marvel into the MCU may be changing.
According to Badass Digest, this is what’s planned for the end of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON:
“Cap will assemble a team that is a mix of familiar and new faces, leading forward into Phase Three.”
There’s no word on who will be part of that team and the outlet even points out that nothing is set in stone until the scene is shot. They suspect that hasn’t happened yet (the film has already wrapped principal photography) and might not until they schedule Age of Ultron reshoots or decide to tack it on to the Captain America 3 shooting schedule. But either way, Badass claims to know the heroes who will be involved in this new Avengers team, however they’re only willing to reveal one – Captain Marvel.
As someone who isn’t really in-the-know when it comes to the comics, Evan’s piece on female superheroes from last year is a great source for the basics and explains that Captain Marvel is Colonel Carol Danvers. She can fly, she’s got super strength, super speed, she’s invulnerable and, on top of that, she can shoot energy blasts from her hands.
Should Joss Whedon stick to the information Badass Digest was given, Captain Marvel, who’s dubbed Ms. Marvel in the script, would be incorporated into the film by way of an end-of-movie cameo that introduces the new Avengers. This scene doesn’t involve an action sequence, so it can be shot at any time leading up to the film’s release without needing significant lead time to finish effects.
Essentially, this scene would serve as a transition of sorts into Phase Three by teasing the important characters, and if that’s the case, it would make it more likely that Ms. Marvel would wind up with her own movie eventually. In fact, Badass reiterates that point.
Trouble is, then the article goes on to say that Marvel is getting cold feet about the whole thing.
“Not because they’re against the character – my sources assure me she is coming and it’s very plausible she could be on the team in AVENGERS 3 – but because they’re not certain they want to introduce her in this way. They basically aren’t certain they want to just drop her into the MCU fully formed in a team movie.”
Apparently Marvel isn’t into the idea of doing origin stories like IRON MAN and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER anymore and would rather veer towards films like GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and THOR, where the characters already have their powers. However, that doesn’t mean they want a situation where everyone in the world already knows who the heroes are.
“This is part of the reason why you won’t see Black Panther in the movie, despite the film visiting Wakanda so Ultron can get vibranium. There’s enough time passed between the end of the action in Age of Ultron and that final scene for Carol Danvers to get powers, a costume and have a career as a hero, but the powers-that-be aren’t sure how this will play on film. Will dropping her in just be baffling to audiences? I think it’ll be an exciting hint in the way that many of the credit tags are exciting hints.”
And I’m inclined to agree. Again, I don’t know much about the source material for these movies, but time and time again, I’ve caught those super brief end credit sequences and even though I don’t necessarily know the details of what they’re teasing, getting hints at what’s to come still has an inherent thrill. By the end of AGE OF ULTRON, I may not know who Ms. Marvel is, but if they do throw her in, I’d like to bet I’ll walk out interested in knowing more.
Unfortunately, if Badass’ report is accurate, I may have to wait longer to find out. If Marvel does pull Ms. Marvel out of AGE OF ULTRON, hopefully it’s in lieu of a better and more significant introduction to the MCU. We’ll see one way or another when AGE OF ULTROM opens in theaters on May 1, 2015.