The Road To AVENGERS: ENDGAME – “Come As You Are, Captain Marvel”

Avengers: Endgame is about to get a dose of 1990’s angst, with Captain Marvel joining the fold. After the events of Captain America: The First Avenger and our part one of this series, which you can read here, a jump to a more recent time frame is a welcome addition.

The most recent addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the freshest in everyone’s mind. However, chronologically, the story takes place second in line after The First Avenger.

The year is 1995 on Earth, but our journey begins well above the atmosphere, heading deep into the Kree empire.

WARNING: There are spoilers ahead in case you have not seen Captain Marvel up to this point.

Connection #1: Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers

It’s evident that Carol is dealing with the fractured memories of years past, opening on a war zone, a lone figure standing above her. The scene is scattered, setting the tone right off the bat that much of her existence is shrouded in mystery.

Initially referred to as “Vers,” we don’t know much of how she got to where she was. Vers is clearly human, but with powers beyond that of a normal Earth (C-53 in Kree designation) being.Captain Marvel

Armed with strength and the power of photon blasts coursing off of her clenched fist, we are immediately immersed in a world where the Kree are law.

But the questions still linger, “who is she?”

“What is she?”

As Drax would add, “why is she?”

With leader Yon-Rogg as her guid, we feel a familial bond established; he has cared for and trained our hero to this point. Though it’s clear that she does not know her own strength and capabilities this early on.

Connection #2: Korath (the Pursuer) and Ronan (the Accuser)

Might be a smaller connection to make, but Djimon Hounsou’s second foray as Korath slots him into the bigger picture.

Down the road, Korath aligns himself with Ronan, where we are first introduced to him on Morag in Guardians of The Galaxy searching for the Power Stone.

Though both appearances are small, it’s a slight nod to the fact that the character might be a factor should time-travel come into play and how the Power Stone changes hands leading into Avengers: Endgame.

Ronan retreats at end of the movie when Carol obliterates a large portion of his assault on Earth. Of course, he meets his fate at the end of Guardians of The Galaxy in the dance-off, but we may see him again.

Avengers: Endgame could also ret-con him back to life.

Connection #3: Nicholas Joseph Fury and Agent Phil Coulson

While he has been a mainstay in the MCU for a decade now, this is our first time, canonically, that we are introduced to Nick Fury.

Mind you, a 24-year younger version of the Fury we will come to love, who is only a few years into his tenure with S.H.I.E.L.D.

Once Carol had crashed into the Blockbuster on Earth, word reaches Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D., and them investigating further.

Phil Coulson takes a bit of a backseat to the whole story, unfortunately. Though, it was fun and a bit of a trip to see him back on the big screen. His likeness was hijacked for the following pursuit of Carol and a Skrull in Los Angeles and his only other appearance is covering for Fury and Carol in their escape from the Skrulls at the USAF facility.

Nick Fury

After the events of Captain Marvel, her departure leaves Fury in search of the new people set to protect the Earth from threats. Enter, the Protector Initiative (err *backspace backspace backspace*)…the Avenger Initiative.

He is young, still a bit away from the leather-trench coat clad, eye-patch wearing and mysterious Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.

It’s only when the snap occurs, Fury’s final move prior to his dusting, is to call on his long-gone friend to come home.

Connection #4: Mar-Vell/Wendy Lawson

The biggest connection between Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame comes on the introduction of Mar-Vell and the work on Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. Founded by Howard Stark, after Captain America: The First Avenger, P.E.G.A.S.U.S. was tasked with studying the Tesseract.

Early on, we see Lawson take form as Carol enters the Supreme Intelligence with no explanation of who she is.  But, with a fractured memory, Carol even questions why it is that this person is who she sees.

Mar-Vell, a Kree who disguised them self as a human named Wendy Lawson, joined the team in an effort to study the energy further. Set on developing a light-speed engine from Tesseract, she becomes the center of the story moving forward.

During the beginning of Captain Marvel, we are led to believe the Skrulls are the antagonists of the story, fighting against the Kree Empire and the Starforce. Their capture and holding of Captain Marvel following the attack on Starforce on Torfa would further push this narrative.

It was during this time that Carol was the prisoner aboard the Skrull ship we see the fixation of Lawson and the location of coordinates comes front and center.

Carol obviously then powers her way out of the ship, crashes on Earth, teams up with Fury and we learn more.

While probing the USAF base, Fury and Carol come to learn of the fate of Lawson and her crash while testing the engine and Carol’s involvement with it, but they need a little help from a long-lost friend.

Connection #5: Goose and the Tesseract…again!

Within the walls of the USAF lab, Carol and Fury also accompany Goose, the pet of the late-Lawson and instant friend of Fury.

Stowing away on the Quadjet in the escape from the base, Goose isn’t like other cats. He has a personality and look of a cat, but an additional quirk about him that has yet to be revealed.

The three arrive at Maria Rambeau’s home in Louisiana and the Skrulls have followed Carol and Fury there. Carrying new information with them, we learn what happened and the true nature of Carol’s powers.

Goose The Cat

With a CD containing audio from the black box of the ship, we flashback to 1989.

Upon the fight to Mar-Vell’s hidden laboratory in space, Carol and Mar-Vell encounter an ambush that forces a landing back on Earth. The ship plunges into the sand and Mar-Vell reveals herself to Carol. She goes to destroy the engine, but is shot in the process.

The ship is damaged in the crash, the engine pulsating with energy and the reveal of Yon-Rogg as the shooter. Carol grabs the pistol, fires at the engine and we see the engine fusing it’s energy to Carol.

The Tesseract’s energy lives within the DNA of Captain Marvel, which means the Space Stone and Captain Marvel are one in the same. That could play a huge factor in just a few weeks.

After discovering the location of the lab in space, Carol and Fury come into possession of the Tesseract. Goose proceeds to use his hidden tentacles to store the cube away in his pocket-dimension.

Side note, after his trust of Goose causes his loss of the eye via scratch, it’s no mystery why Fury has issues trusting.

Where we stand heading into Avengers: Endgame

Captain Marvel’s end scenes showed the desperate shell of the Avengers surrounding Fury’s pager.

Last seen prior to him fading away, the screen is dark, despite the Avengers bypassing the battery and pushing the constant signal. They know Fury was calling for something, but had no answers. Black Widow turns and we see Captain Marvel with the line “…where’s Fury?”

Last, Goose coughing up the Tesseract on Fury’s desk bookends the credits, leaving the cube in S.H.I.E.L.D.S possession and setting the stage for The Avengers.

Infinity Stones Introduced (1/6):

  • Space Stone
  • Reality Stone
  • Power Stone
  • Mind Stone
  • Time Stone
  • Soul Stone

Key Characters Introduced:

  • Captain Marvel
  • Nick Fury
  • Phil Coulson
  • Talos (Skrulls, in general)
  • Goose
  • Ronan
  • Korath
  • Mar-Vell

What are your thoughts as we head into the theaters for Avengers: Endgame? Share your thoughts and comment below!

Avengers: Endgame releases on April 26th.

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