WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Captain Marvel, in theaters now.
When Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige indicated Brie Larson's Carol Danvers wouldn't just be the new face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she'd also be the strongest person in it, fans were a bit skeptical as to how this would happen. But Captain Marvel succinctly showed why this is the case after revealing Carol is basically a living extension of the Tesseract/Space Stone.
With that in mind, and given the powers we saw her unleash in her first solo outing, it leaves us wondering why exactly Carol would need the Avengers if she alone can take out Thanos in battle.
Captain Marvel was touted as Marvel Studios' equalizer to the Mad Titan in the wake of Avengers: Infinity War, especially as it got closer to her release date. And watching her in action in the final act of the film really cements why she's such a powerhouse.
She harnesses the energy of the Tesseract via her photon blasts, acts as a one-woman army when she blasts through Ronan's Kree armada in space and she's more or less a cosmic god on par with Superman when the final scene depicts her in orbit without a breathing apparatus, ushering the Skrulls across the vast reaches of the cosmos.
What really makes her a heavy-hitter, though, is in the Captain Marvel post-credits when she simply teleports from across the galaxy to meet the Avengers on Earth, indicating she has mastered everything the Space Stone has to offer.
With all these abilities integrated into just one hero, what's the reason for having folks like Thor or Hulk on board? The addition of such power players like Carol is a familiar issue we often see in superhero comics. An overpowered hero joins the rest of the team, which comes off a bit unnecessary: Superman with the Justice League, Thor and Doctor Strange with the Avengers and so on.
But in the case of Avengers: Endgame, given what we've witnessed from Carol thus far, she alone should be enough to save the universe at first glance. But we know this was never an option because it's not Captain Marvel 2, after all.
Admittedly, her presence makes it a bit tricky for the Russo brothers, as Earth's Mightiest Heroes and whatever remains of the Guardians of the Galaxy do appear to have a big advantage with her on their team. But that's just on the surface level when you consider a leader needs soldiers alongside them for more than just hitting their opponents.