Brie Larson's debut as Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel is one of the most highly anticipated in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fans are eager to see the cosmic adventures of the first female-led superhero movie from Marvel Studios, but what also intrigues us is the label she's already been given.
With studio president Kevin Feige claiming she's "by far the strongest character" and from what we've seen in the promotional material so far, let's look at what evidence is really there to back her up as Earth's -- and the galaxy's -- Mightiest Hero.
We've already seen Captain Marvel's superhuman strength and endurance on the train scenes on Earth, not to mention her suiting up, rocketing through deep space blasting away Skrulls. What's so impressive is she does this unimpeded -- like Superman, but with photonic blasts.
Clearly, she's a one-woman army, and we can already think of her as a natural hybrid of Thor and Iron Man in that sense. Putting her on par with these two Avengers more or less cements her spot as top dog; however, we're not sure the limit of her powers, or if there's more to unlock.
The Kree experiments are still a mystery to us (at least in the cinematic universe) and we don't know how the comics' Nega-bands have been implemented in her genetic tampering, if at all. So there could still be a lot hidden inside her that trailers haven't shown. Now, Samuel L. Jackson has also claimed Carol is one of the few MCU characters capable of time travel, which broadens her power-set even further; and honestly, that puts her in the god-mode realm.
It's also why the Russos are talking about heavily appealing to her human side in Endgame. Time travel is something we thought only possible via the Quantum Realm, so if this is indeed the case, she won't just be the most powerful in the MCU, but undoubtedly the strongest of all comic book characters to ever hit the big screen.
Slapping together all these powers truly does make her the best bet and possible equivalent to Thanos in the MCU. What's missing is her precognitive abilities, the ability to generate "white holes" (which Carol had as Binary), and how she could manipulate the electromagnetic spectrum and gravity on the whole.
But seeing her flying at light speed in the vacuum of space like this, most of all, points to the Kelly Sue DeConnick run with Dexter Soy where Carol was truly a powerhouse and an equalizer.
With or without her Binary powers, Carol is well and truly Marvel's galactic powerhouse, which led to her taking over space patrol with S.W.O.R.D. Well, Feige and Co. have one-upped the comics and actually made her even stronger, provided that she really can traverse the time-stream and Jackson didn't provide us with misinformation.
Right now Carol has everything to be the face of the MCU as its resident galactic powerhouse. Most importantly, it puts the Mad Titan and the rest of the MCU on notice that she's a walking weapon of mass destruction.
Captain Marvel can go where she pleases without a rainbow bridge at light speed, she's got firepower beyond measure, and if the man who's playing Nick Fury is right, she could simply be anywhere at any point in time. Reconciling all this, it's obvious she's the strongest player on the chess board, and could very well rest the Marvel Cinematic Universe's power structure from the ground up.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as the commander of Starforce, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau, Algenis Perez Soto as Att-Lass, McKenna Grace as a young Carol Danvers and Annette Bening in an undisclosed role. The film arrives on March 8.