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Brie Larson will play Captain Marvel in a stand-alone feature film in 2019.

How Captain Marvel’s mention in Avengers: Infinity War may set the tone for superhero leadership in the sequel

Although Captain Marvel didn’t appear in person in Infinity War, the post-credit scene dropped some hints about what we might expect in the follow-up. The deep-space heroine also has her own film coming out in March 2019

It turns out Captain Marvel was in Avengers: Infinity War – just not in the way some fans thought she was.

In a post-credit scene that sees Nick Fury and Maria Hill fall victim to Thanos’ plan to wipe out half of existence, Fury quickly assesses that a universe altering event is taking place. (The fact that he begins to evaporate is a big clue.) Before Fury is reduced to dust, he is able to send out a signal on a small device. As he fades to nothing, the device falls to the ground, revealing the symbol of Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers.

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The moment was the only glimmer of hope in a stunning conclusion that left many fans speechless.

It also set the tone for who could lead the Marvel Cinematic Universe heroes left to fight Thanos in next year’s sequel. (Could it be a joint leadership effort between Captain America and Captain Marvel? That could work, especially if Steve Rogers and Iron Man still aren’t getting along.)

Captain Marvel, one of Marvel Comics’ top heroines and the first to get her own film franchise, also happens to be one of the most powerful beings in the MCU.

If you’re not up to date on her comic-book adventures, she is a deep-space hero with cosmic/alien powers – exactly the type of hero the Avengers need.

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Captain Marvel, with Brie Larson in the titular role, will be in theatres in March 2019, two months before Part 2 of Infinity War debuts. The film, which takes place in the 1990s, is an origin tale and will show how Carol Danvers becomes the hero who eventually receives the ultimate emergency call from Fury.

Brie Larson at the premiere of Avengers: Infinity War in Hollywood, California. Photo: Frederic Brown
Captain Marvel is one of a few heroes strong enough to be an individual threat to Thanos, but she’ll likely have the aid of the few Avengers who remained at Infinity War’s end. She is also a likely candidate to lead the next generation of Avengers if Marvel Studios decides to make more of the films with a new core cast.

Despite the fact that the rumours of her appearance in Infinity War were wrong and all we saw was her superhero logo, the audience excitement around that small visual, plus her upcoming theatrical debut, confirm that Captain Marvel will play an important role in the next Avengers sequel.

That is one heck of a debut for the MCU’s first-ever female lead.