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Captain Marvel: 10 Things In The Movie That Only Make Sense If You Read The Comics

The first Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to debut in 2019 was Captain Marvel, the origin movie for the titular superhero and (technically) a prequel to The Avengers. The movie tells how the defiant airforce pilot Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) became Capt. Marvel – the strongest Avenger and possibly one of the most powerful beings in the whole universe.

But in her move from the pages of a comic book to the big screen, Capt. Marvel changed a lot and left a lot of interesting and important details in translation. While these changes aren’t detrimental to her presence in the MCU, their absences make certain events and abilities a bit hard to understand. Here are 10 things in Captain Marvel that only make sense if you read the comics.

RELATED: 10 Strongest Female Marvel Characters

10 The Kree-Skrull War

From the day that she started fighting for the Kree, Capt. Marvel was told that their duty was to exterminate the shapeshifting Skrulls. The Krees’ irrational hatred of the Skrulls is briefly mentioned in the movie – where it’s revealed that the Skrulls are war refugees being oppressed by the Kree – but the comics provide a different in-depth explanation.

The races have been at war for generations and their conflict hit a boiling point when the Kree attacked a Skrull solar system. Desperate, the Skrulls called the Avengers for help while the half-Kree Capt. Marvel begrudgingly sided with the Kree.

9 Goose’s Digestive Tract

Capt. Marvel’s cat Goose isn’t just an ordinary pet because it’s actually a Flerken: an alien that hides giant tentacles, fangs and hundreds of its eggs within its body. It also just so happens to look like a regular Earth cat.

Flerkens’ stomachs are also known to be pocket realities that can hold and digest pretty much anything, including objects and beings larger than it. This is how Goose can store her tentacles in her small frame and swallow the Tesseract before puking it out without suffering any major damage despite eating an Infinity Stone.

8 The Source Of Her Powers

In the movie, Carol Danvers becomes Capt. Marvel after an experimental engine powered by the Tesseract’s energies explodes in her face. Miraculously, she isn’t harmed and instead receives incredible superpowers.

Similarly, Capt. Marvel gets her powers from a Kree device in the comics but this time it’s from the Psyche-Magnitron – something designed to bestow superpowers to a designated target or user from the start. As a result, Capt. Marvel gained super strength, flight, enhanced senses, photonic blasts, and more following the life-threatening incident.

7 Her Inhibited Strength

Capt. Marvel is one of the most powerful superheroes in both the comics and the MCU. Her raw power surpasses even the cosmic scales, which is why a measly Kree inhibitor keeping her in check didn’t make much sense.

The only way this could be justified is if Capt. Marvel was brainwashed, which happened a lot in the early comics. To subdue her, villains like the Brood, MODOK, and Supreme Intelligence convinced Carol that she wasn’t that powerful. The Kree in the movie had it easy since Carol lost her memories in the blast, making her conditioning less troublesome.

6 Her Nigh-Invulnerability

Over the course of her movie. Capt. Marvel takes a lot of punishment from either Kree soldiers or ships and barely receives a scratch. This isn’t the result of luck, but her passive superhuman abilities in action.

Not only can she absorb energy and force before firing it back at its source, but she also has a quick-acting healing factor that allows her to recuperate in the heat of battle. This could help explain how she effortlessly wiped out a Kree war fleet while tanking Thanos’ Hulk-stopping punches and a Power Stone blast later in Endgame.

RELATED: Every Single Avengers Movie (In Chronological Order)

5 Her Photon Blasts

It’s unclear what exactly the Tesseract’s energies did to Capt. Marvel and how they gave her an assortment of powers, one of which is the ability to fire concentrated photon shots from her hands.

A possible explanation lies in the comics, specifically when the Brood experimented on her and gave her the ability to manipulate the stars’ energies into photon blasts. This is referred to as “The Binary,” since the ability allows Carol to wield the energies of a binary star as a blast of yellow energy. Canonically, there are few beings who can surpass Capt. Marvel’s Binary Form.

4 Her Military Background

Despite suffering from amnesia and being conditioned by the Kree, Capt. Marvel retains her combat prowess and even improves her skills with the addition of her newfound superpowers.

This is because Carol’s airforce training on Earth is heavily engrained in both her body and mind. While glimpses of her army days and some flight training are shown in the movie, her military background is a lot more grueling and extensive in the comics. This is also why she exudes leadership and commands respect wherever she goes – she’s military authority incarnate.

3 Capt. Marvel’s Network

By being born on Earth and being trained by the Kree, it’s established in the comics that Capt. Marvel networked around the universe. This may explain her expansive knowledge of the cosmos despite being a (temporarily) brainwashed Kree soldier with limited memories.

In her cinematic appearances, Capt. Marvel is familiar with the universe’s many planets and races, even guiding the Skrulls to their new homeworld. It’s implied that she knows exactly how to help different worlds affected by Thanos’ snap, though it’s never shown. Perhaps her many galactic connections proved useful during these off-world missions.

RELATED: Marvel: 5 Things We Hope The Endgame Re-Release Reveals (& 5 Things We Hope It Doesn’t)

2 Her Seventh Sense

Capt. Marvel always seemed to appear at the right moment, coming in the nick of time to save the day. This was best seen in her Avengers appearances when she lucked into Tony Stark and arrived at the last minute to turn the tides of war against Thanos.

If Carol retained her Seventh Sense from the comics, her conveniently great timing would make a lot more sense. Simply put, this instinct allows her to feel major changes anywhere in the universe. This could also be why she left Earth post-Infinity War, sensing trouble on a cosmic scale.

1 The Real Carol Danvers

Despite being different sides of the same person, the stoic Kree fighter Vers and the rebellious human pilot Carol have overlapping traits that made it hard for some to differentiate the two.

Carol had a similar dual identity in her earlier comics, but it’s better laid out. Previously, Ms. Marvel was an entirely new persona that Carol could switch to – not unlike Billy Batson and Shazam. The trade-off was that Carol lost her emotions whenever she became the hot-blooded Kree warrior. If not for Prof. Xavier’s help, Carol would never have been able to feel anything as Ms. Marvel.

NEXT: 10 Best Avengers Quotes


2019-07-13 07:07:11

Angelo Delos Trinos

Captain Marvel: 10 Things In The Movie That Only Make Sense If You Read The Comics

The first Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to debut in 2019 was Captain Marvel, the origin movie for the titular superhero and (technically) a prequel to The Avengers. The movie tells how the defiant airforce pilot Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) became Capt. Marvel – the strongest Avenger and possibly one of the most powerful beings in the whole universe.

But in her move from the pages of a comic book to the big screen, Capt. Marvel changed a lot and left a lot of interesting and important details in translation. While these changes aren’t detrimental to her presence in the MCU, their absences make certain events and abilities a bit hard to understand. Here are 10 things in Captain Marvel that only make sense if you read the comics.

RELATED: 10 Strongest Female Marvel Characters

10 The Kree-Skrull War

From the day that she started fighting for the Kree, Capt. Marvel was told that their duty was to exterminate the shapeshifting Skrulls. The Krees’ irrational hatred of the Skrulls is briefly mentioned in the movie – where it’s revealed that the Skrulls are war refugees being oppressed by the Kree – but the comics provide a different in-depth explanation.

The races have been at war for generations and their conflict hit a boiling point when the Kree attacked a Skrull solar system. Desperate, the Skrulls called the Avengers for help while the half-Kree Capt. Marvel begrudgingly sided with the Kree.

9 Goose’s Digestive Tract

Capt. Marvel’s cat Goose isn’t just an ordinary pet because it’s actually a Flerken: an alien that hides giant tentacles, fangs and hundreds of its eggs within its body. It also just so happens to look like a regular Earth cat.

Flerkens’ stomachs are also known to be pocket realities that can hold and digest pretty much anything, including objects and beings larger than it. This is how Goose can store her tentacles in her small frame and swallow the Tesseract before puking it out without suffering any major damage despite eating an Infinity Stone.

8 The Source Of Her Powers

In the movie, Carol Danvers becomes Capt. Marvel after an experimental engine powered by the Tesseract’s energies explodes in her face. Miraculously, she isn’t harmed and instead receives incredible superpowers.

Similarly, Capt. Marvel gets her powers from a Kree device in the comics but this time it’s from the Psyche-Magnitron – something designed to bestow superpowers to a designated target or user from the start. As a result, Capt. Marvel gained super strength, flight, enhanced senses, photonic blasts, and more following the life-threatening incident.

7 Her Inhibited Strength

Capt. Marvel is one of the most powerful superheroes in both the comics and the MCU. Her raw power surpasses even the cosmic scales, which is why a measly Kree inhibitor keeping her in check didn’t make much sense.

The only way this could be justified is if Capt. Marvel was brainwashed, which happened a lot in the early comics. To subdue her, villains like the Brood, MODOK, and Supreme Intelligence convinced Carol that she wasn’t that powerful. The Kree in the movie had it easy since Carol lost her memories in the blast, making her conditioning less troublesome.

6 Her Nigh-Invulnerability

Over the course of her movie. Capt. Marvel takes a lot of punishment from either Kree soldiers or ships and barely receives a scratch. This isn’t the result of luck, but her passive superhuman abilities in action.

Not only can she absorb energy and force before firing it back at its source, but she also has a quick-acting healing factor that allows her to recuperate in the heat of battle. This could help explain how she effortlessly wiped out a Kree war fleet while tanking Thanos’ Hulk-stopping punches and a Power Stone blast later in Endgame.

RELATED: Every Single Avengers Movie (In Chronological Order)

5 Her Photon Blasts

It’s unclear what exactly the Tesseract’s energies did to Capt. Marvel and how they gave her an assortment of powers, one of which is the ability to fire concentrated photon shots from her hands.

A possible explanation lies in the comics, specifically when the Brood experimented on her and gave her the ability to manipulate the stars’ energies into photon blasts. This is referred to as “The Binary,” since the ability allows Carol to wield the energies of a binary star as a blast of yellow energy. Canonically, there are few beings who can surpass Capt. Marvel’s Binary Form.

4 Her Military Background

Despite suffering from amnesia and being conditioned by the Kree, Capt. Marvel retains her combat prowess and even improves her skills with the addition of her newfound superpowers.

This is because Carol’s airforce training on Earth is heavily engrained in both her body and mind. While glimpses of her army days and some flight training are shown in the movie, her military background is a lot more grueling and extensive in the comics. This is also why she exudes leadership and commands respect wherever she goes – she’s military authority incarnate.

3 Capt. Marvel’s Network

By being born on Earth and being trained by the Kree, it’s established in the comics that Capt. Marvel networked around the universe. This may explain her expansive knowledge of the cosmos despite being a (temporarily) brainwashed Kree soldier with limited memories.

In her cinematic appearances, Capt. Marvel is familiar with the universe’s many planets and races, even guiding the Skrulls to their new homeworld. It’s implied that she knows exactly how to help different worlds affected by Thanos’ snap, though it’s never shown. Perhaps her many galactic connections proved useful during these off-world missions.

RELATED: Marvel: 5 Things We Hope The Endgame Re-Release Reveals (& 5 Things We Hope It Doesn’t)

2 Her Seventh Sense

Capt. Marvel always seemed to appear at the right moment, coming in the nick of time to save the day. This was best seen in her Avengers appearances when she lucked into Tony Stark and arrived at the last minute to turn the tides of war against Thanos.

If Carol retained her Seventh Sense from the comics, her conveniently great timing would make a lot more sense. Simply put, this instinct allows her to feel major changes anywhere in the universe. This could also be why she left Earth post-Infinity War, sensing trouble on a cosmic scale.

1 The Real Carol Danvers

Despite being different sides of the same person, the stoic Kree fighter Vers and the rebellious human pilot Carol have overlapping traits that made it hard for some to differentiate the two.

Carol had a similar dual identity in her earlier comics, but it’s better laid out. Previously, Ms. Marvel was an entirely new persona that Carol could switch to – not unlike Billy Batson and Shazam. The trade-off was that Carol lost her emotions whenever she became the hot-blooded Kree warrior. If not for Prof. Xavier’s help, Carol would never have been able to feel anything as Ms. Marvel.

NEXT: 10 Best Avengers Quotes


2019-07-13 07:07:11

Angelo Delos Trinos

How Captain America Is Able To [SPOILER] In Avengers: Endgame

WARNING: Major spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.

Captain America lifted Mjolnir in Avengers: Endgame – but just how does it work? The third act of Avengers: Endgame was easily the most gripping action sequence in the entire MCU to date, as the Avengers Trinity faced off against Thanos at last. Steve Rogers has always been an unusual figure among these three heroes; Tony Stark is a genius who by now is wearing what’s surely his most powerful armor yet, while Thor is a literal god. Captain America may be a super-soldier, but his powers pale in comparison to his allies’ abilities.

And yet, to Thanos’ surprise, Captain America proves able to hold his own. He does this by picking up Mjolnir, proving himself worthy. What follows is a stunning fight, as Steve Rogers blends his own tactical acumen with the power of the God of Thunder. From that point on, Captain America becomes one of the Avengers’ heavy hitters, much to Thor’s delight.

Related: Avengers: Endgame’s Ending & Marvel Movie Future Explained In Detail

It’s important to remember that Mjolnir was blessed with a double-enchantment by Odin. The first is that only someone who is truly “worthy” has the ability to wield Mjolnir. The second, as Steve Rogers proved in Avengers: Endgame, is that anyone who picks up the hammer possesses the power of Thor. So why was Captain America worthy?

Why Captain America Is Worthy To Wield Mjolnir In Avengers: Endgame

The theme of “worthiness” lies at the heart of the Thor trilogy. In 2011’s Thor, the God of Thunder proved he was unworthy to take the throne of Asgard when he committed an act of war that would potentially lead to the deaths of millions. His concern was for his own glory, for the thrill of battle, and not for the good of the Nine Realms. That was when Odin stripped Thor of his powers, and placed the worthiness enchantment upon Mjolnir. By the end of the film, Thor had proved himself worthy when he was willing to sacrifice himself for the sake of those he loved. This principle was extended in Thor: The Dark World, when the God of Thunder was again willing to stand as a champion – this time not just for those he loved, but for the entire Nine Realms. The Realms saw Thor battle against Malekith, and acknowledged him as a worthy king.

In the MCU, then, the worthiness enchantment is tied to a person’s willingness to stand up for others – no matter the cost. This is pretty much the same principle as the comics, where Mjolnir has been lifted by a number of other key figures in the past, most notably Jane Foster. Jane was dying of cancer, and every time she transformed into the female Thor it reversed the effect of her chemotherapy; and yet she continued to act as a hero, irrespective of the cost. She was willing to sacrifice everything for the good of others, even for the Asgardians who distrusted and reviled her, and as a result she was worthy.

Avengers: Endgame confirms that Steve Rogers, too, is worthy. This shouldn’t really be much of a surprise; Captain America’s entire life has been a demonstration of self-sacrificial heroism, even before he became a super-soldier. Rogers was unwilling to sit the Second World War out, not because he sought glory and recognition, but because he yearned to make a difference. At the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, Steve Rogers was even willing to give his own life to protect New York City from Hydra’s bombs. Instead of dying, he awoke from cryogenic suspension 70 years later, and ever since he’s been on the front lines, battling to keep others safe. In Avengers: Endgame, the stakes are higher than ever before, and Captain America is risking his own life to literally bring back half the lives in the universe – whatever it takes.

Related: Ragnarok Revealed The Real Reason Odin Stripped Thor Of His Power

Did Captain America Already Lift Mjolnir In Avengers: Age Of Ultron?

Curiously enough, this is the second time in the MCU that Captain America has attempted to lift Mjolnir. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, there’s an entertaining scene in which the Avengers attempt to pick up Thor’s hammer. The God of Thunder watches, prideful and amused, right up until the moment Steve Rogers makes an attempt. To Thor’s shock, Mjolnir actually moves just a fraction.

Taken at face value, the scene appears to suggest that – at least in Avengers: Age of Ultron – Steve Rogers was almost worthy, but not quite. Avengers: Endgame suggests another explanation, though; that back in 2015, Captain America felt Mjolnir shift in his hands, and chose not to pick it up. Perhaps he saw the look on Thor’s face, and realized his friend would be devastated that a mortal was able to lift Mjolnir. That makes sense; Captain America is a lot less prideful than the rest of the Avengers, and he doesn’t really feel the same need to prove himself to others. But in Avengers: Endgame, with Thor being defeated by Thanos, Steve knows he has no choice. He picks up Mjolnir, claiming the power of Thor for himself, and using it against the Mad Titan. By this time Thor’s lost a lot of his pride, and as a result he’s thrilled to see that Steve Rogers is worthy.

Captain America Has Lifted Mjolnir In The Comics

There have been several occasions when Captain America lifted Mjolnir in the comics. The most famous was in The Mighty Thor #390, at a time when Rogers had abandoned the Captain America identity and just called himself “The Captain.” Thor paid a visit to Avengers Mansion, and was somewhat shocked at a very different Avengers team. His visit coincided with an attack by Seth, the Egyptian God of Death, and soon he was battling alongside the Avengers against Seth’s armies. In one scene, Thor was knocked down and Mjolnir was flung from his grasp; to everybody’s surprise, the Captain picked it up and wielded it before tossing it straight back to the God of Thunder. It happened again in 2011’s Fear Itself event, when Thor was killed by his malevolent uncle, the Serpent. Steve Rogers – who had only recently returned from the dead and reclaimed the Captain America mantle – grabbed Mjolnir and summoned the lightning as he uttered that famous battlecry: “Avengers assemble!”

Leaving aside one strange, controversial example from “Secret Empire” – it involved a warped version of reality – there have only been these two occasions where Captain America has used Mjolnir in the comics. It happens in the worst of situations, when all seems lost, and it’s as spectacular a demonstration of Steve’s character as it is of the power of Thor. That now seems to be true in the MCU as well.

More: Avengers: Endgame’s Post-Credits Surprise Explained


2019-04-25 06:04:22

Thomas Bacon

The Evolution Of Captain America In The MCU

Captain America’s journey in the MCU has been a long one, and he’s been through a lot. He started out his story in these films as a young, sickly kid in 1940s Brooklyn who wanted so badly to help fight in World War II. From there he has been a hero, a fugitive, and more. While we don’t yet know Captain America’s fate in Avengers: Endgame and what, if any, story lies ahead for Steve Rogers, we can look back on his evolution thus far.

Here are the main stages of Captain America’s evolution in the MCU.

RELATED: Captain America ‘Fights Like Thor’ in The BEST Way

10 SKINNY KID FROM BROOKLYN WHO HATED BULLIES

When we first meet Steve Rogers, he’s a young adult in ’40s Brooklyn who likes to fight bullies in alleyways. He desperately wants to join the Army and fight for what he thinks is right, especially considering his best friend is going and his dad died in World War I. Even before he was Captain America, Steve cared deeply about doing the right thing and sticking up for people. He didn’t like bullies, and as Dr. Erskine said, he was a good man.

9 BECOMING CAPTAIN AMERICA

The next major moment in Cap’s evolution is him becoming Captain America. Because of his inherent goodness (and a particularly clever moment with a flagpole), he is picked to try the super soldier serum. He becomes Captain America but is mostly used to sell war bonds at first.

RELATED: Captain America: Civil War Happened Too Early In The MCU – But Marvel Had No Choice

However, when he makes a tour stop in Italy, he learns that Bucky is either missing or killed in action. This prompts him to use the powers he has been given to save Bucky and the other soldiers. This is the moment where Steve really starts to become Captain America and learn how to be not just a hero, but a superhero.

8 WAKING UP FROM THE ICE AS A MAN OUT OF TIME

At the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, Steve sacrifices himself to save millions of others when he flies the plane into the ice. He wakes up again around 70 years later to a completely new world. He’s now a man in the 21st century, and he’s left to try and figure out how to live in this new world. Everyone he was close to is either dead or old, like Peggy who lived a full life while she thought Steve was dead. Steve is definitely lost and unsure of his place in the world and where he can find friends and family now.

7 BECOMING PART OF THE AVENGERS

In The Avengers, we see Steve still trying to figure out the new time period he lives in. He is recruited by Fury to become part of the Avengers Initiative. Of course, this doesn’t go super smoothly at first, and it takes some time for the Avengers to fight together as a team.

RELATED: Avengers Cast Sings Marvel-Themed We Didn’t Start the Fire

But, this is the start of a new lease on life for Cap as he’s able to fight bullies and help save the world again. He also begins to find people he can call a team, although he still struggles to feel he belongs going into Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

6 DISILLUSIONMENT IN WINTER SOLDIER

In Winter Soldier, Steve is working for SHIELD, but he still is clearly mourning the loss of his old life and the people he cared about. He starts to find people he can rely on such as Sam Wilson, but he also learns the awful truth the SHIELD has been infiltrated by HYDRA. This knowledge clearly shakes him deeply and shakes a lot of the trust he had in institutions. This shift in his way of thinking will come into play many times in later movies, too.

5 SAVING BUCKY BARNES

The other most important part of Steve’s evolution in The Winter Soldier is learning that Bucky Barnes is still alive and has been brainwashed into being a HYDRA assassin.

RELATED: Avengers 4’s Chris Evans Says Bucky is Steve Rogers’ “Home”

Steve is stuck between wanting to do everything he can to save the world and wanting to save his friend. He is willing to die instead of fighting Bucky, and Bucky’s emergence back into his life will impact his arc in the rest of the movies.

4 A TROUBLED RELATIONSHIP AS CO-LEADERS WITH TONY STARK

From the moment they meet in The Avengers, Tony and Steve have a somewhat hostile relationship. They are two very different people, although they both believe strongly in doing what they can to save others. At times they respect each other, and many other times they are at odds. Their relationship is strained once again in Avengers: Age of Ultron which leads into the major conflict in Captain America: Civil War.

3 BREAKING THE LAW TO DO WHAT HE BELIEVES IS RIGHT

In Civil War, Steve Rogers has another major shift. While many believe Steve is a letter-of-the-law type of man, he is more loyal to people and ideas than institutions. When the Accords are presented, he chooses to go against them, and his decision is cemented when Bucky is blamed for the attack on the U.N.

RELATED: The 5 Movies You Have To Watch To Understand Avengers: Endgame

Steve is stuck between wanting to do everything he can to save the world and wanting to save his friend. He is willing to die instead of fighting Bucky, and Bucky’s emergence back into his life will impact his arc in the rest of the movies.

2 FUGITIVE/NOMAD

After Civil War, Captain America is a fugitive and war criminal. He is off the grid and takes haven in Wakanda before going on covert missions with Falcon and Black Widow. He is clearly disillusioned and not sure how to embody the Captain America role anymore. He distances himself from this title during this time period. As he no longer has his shield, he takes up the Nomad identity from the comics, even though this time period of his life isn’t focused on much onscreen.

1 TAKING UP THE MANTLE OF LEADER AGAIN

In Avengers: Infinity War, Steve is still a fugitive. However, when Thanos becomes a threat and Tony Stark is no longer there to defend earth, Steve becomes a leader again. He doesn’t exactly take up the Captain America mantle again, but he does bring the rest of the team on earth together to fight the battle in Wakanda. When the Thanos snap happens and the Avengers lose, Steve is clearly devastated. While Endgame isn’t out quite yet, we’ve seen from trailers that he will get the shield back somehow and will likely embrace his Captain America title more fully once again.

NEXT: Avengers: Endgame Early Reactions: A Truly Epic Conclusion (& Beginning)


2019-04-24 03:04:44

Amanda Steele

Captain Marvel Fan Sees Movie So Many Times He Broke a World Record

A very dedicated superhero movie fan from Wisconsin has seen Captain Marvel so many times he broke a Guinness World Record. The first Marvel movie built around a female lead character, Captain Marvel has been embraced by movie fans everywhere, grossing $1.08 billion worldwide. The film just recently reached another box office milestone in North America, cracking the $400 million mark.

Starring Brie Larson, Captain Marvel debuted the cinematic version of Carol Danvers, a comic book character first introduced in 1968. Like her comic book incarnation, the movie Danvers is an Air Force pilot who acquires superpowers and fights alongside an alien race called the Kree. In the movie, Danvers returns to Earth in the 1990s and discovers her human origins while also forging a friendship with a pre-eyepatch Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Having set up Captain Marvel as part of the MCU, Marvel will now plunge the character into the middle of the final battle against Thanos in the soon-to-be-blockbuster Avengers: Endgame.

Related: Did Captain Marvel Reveal How Thanos Got The Mind Stone?

Captain Marvel has undoubtedly been a major success for Marvel, and there’s one fan in particular who has contributed to that success more than anyone else. As reported by CBS 58 (via CBR), Wisconsin man Steve Ruppel has now seen the movie in the theater an astonishing 116 times, a feat that gives him the Guinness World Record. Ruppel explained why he chose Captain Marvel in particular for his run at the record:

“I love superhero movies, and so this was a pretty good fit. I knew it was going to be around for a while, and I thought it would probably be a good choice for this particular record. Looking back on it now, I might almost consider a Disney movie, because they’re usually shorter and probably around for a while, but that singing would drive me crazy. It really would.”

The non-musical Captain Marvel runs for 123 minutes, so (barring in-movie naps) Ruppel has spent 14,268 minutes watching the film, which equals 237.8 hours or 9.9 days. Not surprisingly, Ruppel said he had to take time off from work in order to hit the multiplex enough times to break the record. Ruppel said that he initially thought it was impossible to break the record, adding, “I wasn’t even sure why it was even a record, but I thought after a while ‘I should probably do that.'” Ruppel said the most times he saw the movie in one day was seven, and explained that he would defeat boredom by paying attention to background details.

Ruppel is of course not the only person to perform remarkable feats of Marvel movie watching. Back in 2018, an Avengers: Infinity War fan chronicled his 42 theatrical viewings of the MCU epic via social media. This week, a number of big Marvel fans will participate in an MCU re-watch marathon, which will end with Avengers: Endgame.

Given the huge popularity of Captain Marvel and the rest of the Marvel movies, it’s no surprise to see fans getting incredibly enthusiastic and even going wild with the hype. A few fans like Ruppel are even willing to take their fandom to the next level by testing their sanity and bladder capacity in order to perform grueling feats of film viewing. Some may question the wisdom of such undertakings, but there’s no questioning the dedication of fans who would willingly go so far above and beyond the call of duty to become superheroes of going to movies.

More: Every Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie, Ranked Worst To Best

Source: CBS 58 (via CBR)


2019-04-22 08:04:13

Dan Zinski

Tony Stark Misses Captain America’s Optimism in New Endgame Spot

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) misses Captain America’s (Steve Rogers) “giddy optimism” in a newly-released Avengers: Endgame TV Spot. It’s been a tumultuous last couple of years for the MCU heroes following their falling out in Captain America: Civil War. But after suffering a devastating loss to Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, the two seems to be ready to set aside their differences for the common good in the much-anticipated Joe and Anthony Russo-directed film. Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the project will wrap up the 22-film arc that the franchise has been treading since 2008’s Iron Man collectively known as The Infinity Saga.

Plot details are still tightly under wraps with Disney’s marketing designed to not give anything away in terms of Endgame‘s narrative. Infinity War was one of the most secretive productions ever, and with its sequel supposedly having more spoilers, it makes sense that Marvel Studios is doubling down on security. Trailers have barely revealed anything about how things pan out for both the remaining heroes and Thanos. But the TV spots, which have been rolling out regularly for the past several days offering fans an idea on what to expect in the Phase 3 capper. The latest promo clip previews what kind of dynamic the two MCU founding heroes will have in the film.

Related: Tony Stark Doesn’t Want to Die in Avengers: Endgame TV Spot

Shared by Marvel Studios‘ official Twitter account is a new Endgame TV spot composed of old and new footage. The clip starts with an emotional narration from Black Widow explaining how she never had the family, but because of the Avengers, she somehow found people she can totally trust. The video continues with a flurry of scenes and ends with a new dialog from Tony, seemingly telling Steve that he misses Steve Rogers’ “giddy optimism.” Watch the clip below:

Fans have seen the particular exchange between Iron Man and Captan America in a couple of previously released clips, but Marvel Studios continues to change the lines in the scene. In an earlier video, Stark was asking Steve about getting the whole team together, while in another, he says it would be nice to not die trying to execute their plan to take down Thanos. With the Russos admitting footage manipulation for the sake of Endgame‘s marketing, it won’t be surprising if nothing in these spots are in the film – at least in the scene in question. Nonetheless, it’s a great promotional material considering people’s investment in these two characters – both in their separate and collective arcs. Infinity War kept them separate all throughout with just minor references to one another, and seeing them reunite for the Phase 3 capper will definitely be one of the most powerful scenes in the project. And if they retain the same vibe that these exchanges have, it’s safe to say that the heroes will be able to recover from their previous conflict and not have a problem operating as a unit.

Stark and Rogers are two heroes expected to exit the MCU via Avengers: Endgame. While most are convinced that they’ll both die fighting the good fight, there are several other ways to sideline them without the need to permanently write them out of the franchise. If anything, no one’s really gone in the world of comic books and if Marvel Studios wants to emulate that, they would also have to somehow follow the same format. Chances are that although fans won’t be seeing them as prominently as they are in the franchise in the coming years, they can easily be called back for another event film to evoke nostalgia from their long-time supporters.

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Source: Marvel Studios



2019-04-22 05:04:58

Ana Dumaraog

Captain Marvel Has Grossed More Than Every Batman Movie

It’s official, Captain Marvel has now grossed more at the worldwide box office than every Batman film. The film stars Brie Larson as a Kree warrior named Vers who struggles to remember her previous life on Planet C-53 (otherwise known as Earth) while stuck in an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. The film was met with praise from critics and audiences alike, and Captain Marvel is now gearing up for a fight alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the upcoming superhero epic Avengers: Endgame.

Marvel’s first female-led solo superhero film has already gone higher, further, faster in theaters by breaking box office records and shattering glass ceilings along the way. During the film’s opening weekend, it grossed $456 million globally, making for the biggest opening weekend for a female-led film. The movie then went on to make over $1 billion at the box office in its first month of release, setting the record for the highest-grossing female superhero movie of all time. Now, Carol Danvers is giving Bruce Wayne a run for his money.

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According to Box Office Mojo, Marvel’s intergalactic adventure has grossed $1.089 billion at the worldwide box office, surpassing Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, which grossed $1.084 billion at the worldwide box office. This now makes Captain Marvel the 9th highest-grossing superhero film ever and the 25th highest-grossing film of all time. With international box office numbers taken out of the equation, The Dark Knight Rises takes the lead domestically with $448 million, whereas Captain Marvel remains at $400 million domestically. Nonetheless, it’s an exciting accomplishment for a female-led and female-directed film.

These numbers also bode well for one of the film’s directors, Anna Boden. Previously, Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman held the record for biggest opening weekend of any film from a female director domestically and, at the time, worldwide. Now Captain Marvel’s worldwide box office numbers have skyrocketed past Wonder Woman’s, making for major milestones domestically and internationally for both women as female directors in the industry. While the numbers obviously show that audiences want to see these movies, it’s also been proven that female-led films out-earn their male counterparts at the box office, which encourages studios to make more female-led and female-directed films in the future.

Captain Marvel‘s success says a lot about the direction in which the industry is heading. Record-breaking numbers prove to studios that audiences long to see female-led films and actually enjoy seeing them as well, as seen from glowing critical reviews. By allowing women to direct these films as well, it opens up the door for other women who want to work behind the camera, allowing for much-needed diversity amongst directors. Following Carol Danvers’ successful origin story, along with Black Panther‘s mega-successful theater run last year, Marvel’s president Kevin Feige has stated that diversity both in front of and behind the camera will be its gold standard moving forward. Hopefully more Hollywood studios will take on Marvel’s now gold standard to help advance the process of diversification. Representation matters, and it’ll only strengthen the film industry in the future.

Next: Did Captain Marvel Reveal How Thanos Got The Mind Stone?

Source: Box Office Mojo


2019-04-22 05:04:52

Hannah Hoolihan

Did Captain Marvel Reveal How Thanos Got The Mind Stone?

Long before Marvel’s epic Infinity War, the Mind Stone was the very first Infinity Stone Thanos ever found. The movie confirmed that he gave it to Loki in the form of his Scepter, but how Thanos got it in the first place was never explained… Until now.

The Captain Marvel movie doesn’t care about explaining Ronan the Accuser’s path to Thanos and his Infinity Stones, despite featuring his character at a key moment in Earth’s history. But now that Thanos and his master plan has been explained, laying out Ronan’s own timeline in the MCU helps solve the riddle of his betrayal of the Kree, his alliance with Thanos, and the strange “intelligence” guiding the entire empire.

Ronan was lied to just as much as Carol Danvers, serving an empire built around a lie… and the Mind Stone Thanos used to begin his war.

  • This Page: Why Did Ronan Betray His People?
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The first time fans realized Ronan the Accuser would be in Captain Marvel, playing a direct role in Captain Marvel and Starforce serving the will of the Kree Empire, their imaginations ran wild. It seemed at the time that Captain Marvel would actually function as a prequel to Guardians of the Galaxy, and set up Ronan’s eventual betrayal of his people. Unfortunately the return of Ronan–like the role played by his future lieutenant Korath–amounted to little more than a Guardians cameo. But we know that wasn’t always the case.

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In the finished film, Ronan appears as one of multiple “Accusers,” a branch of the military apparently responsible for bombing enemy planets. For all intents and purposes, Ronan appears to be a loyal servant of his Kree authorities, the uppermost being the Supreme Intelligence itself. But judging by the photos of Yon-Rogg and Ronan planning their mission, the original plan was to make him a larger part of the Kree’s actions. Presumably, to offer some kind of explanation (or at the very least a hint) of why he finally betrays the Kree completely.

The movie offers a slight explanation by implying a Kree peace treaty with the Nova Empire, based on Xandar, is the only factor. But in hindsight–at least for fans who enjoy spinning theories that might work better than Marvel’s actual writing–that doesn’t feel like the whole story. By the time Guardians begins, Ronan has abandoned his people, been ruled an outcast and pariah, and now seeks vengeance… by serving Thanos. Fans expected Captain Marvel to shed some light, but the introduction of Ronan as a calm, loyal Kree Accuser works almost completely against it. Unless fans focus on one moment in particular. Whatever his conversations with Yon-Rogg or Starforce, the final showdown with Captain Marvel in Earth’s orbit confirms that even he hasn’t been given the whole story. Like Carol Danvers, he was only ever given the information needed to serve the will of the Kree Supreme Intelligence.

The audience knows just how deeply the deception from Yon-Rogg and the Supreme Intelligence runs… but what if Ronan didn’t? What if one lie being exposed led Ronan to question everything, starting at the top? We strongly suspect that if he learned the truth about the “Supreme Intelligence,” his path to Thanos, collector of Infinity Stones, makes perfect sense.

Page 2: Ronan Stole The Mind Stone From The Kree ‘Intelligence’

One detail that helps shed some light on our theory is given in the only scene directly involving the larger Kree of the MCU, or at least, the Kree as they exist in the year 2014. Back in 1995 during the events of Captain Marvel, the Kree appear mostly accurate to their comic book counterparts. And that includes their devotion and subservience to the Supreme Intelligence, a synthesized mind incorporating the wisdom and history of the Kree people. In the film, the Supreme Intelligence is brutal in its domination: taking on the form its subjects most admire to manipulate their loyalty further, or violently harming and controlling their mind if the subject rebels.

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Fortunately, movie fans don’t need to worry about the Supreme Intelligence any more. Because by the time Ronan is branded an outsider and “fanatic” by the Kree in Guardians of the Galaxy, the Supreme Intelligence no longer commands the empire. As the movie reveals…

“Scattered riots broke out across the Kree Empire today, protesting the recent peace treaty signed by the Kree Emperor and Xandar’s Nova Prime.”

No explanation is ever given for why the Kree are now ruled by an emperor, instead of the Supreme intelligence. But putting the pieces together, Ronan’s own path helps offer an explanation. Ronan witnesses Carol’s power, and realizes the Supreme Intelligence is keeping secrets. Ronan presumably investigates. The Supreme Intelligence vanishes. Ronan leaves the Empire. He is branded a “fanatic” and traitor. Ronan begins to serve Thanos. Thanos acquires the Mind Stone. By now, readers should know what conclusion to arrive at.

Of all the many theories explaining Marvel’s movie connections, this one may actually solve the most lingering questions while making the fewest waves. Assuming everything known about the Mind Stone and the “intelligence” alive inside of it, and how Captain Marvel does or doesn’t fit with the future landscape of the MCU, the answer seems simple: the Kree Supreme Intelligence was the Mind Stone at work. From its intentions, its hunger for power, and the way it interacts with and manipulates its subjects, the math all adds up. If Captain Marvel fans assume that the device inhibiting Carol’s full power is a sign of the Supreme Intelligence’s power, then it even fits the comic book description of allowing its user to enhance their mental and psychic abilities perfectly.

Not to mention how it finally explains what plot thread connected Ronan the Accuser to Thanos the Infinity Stone collector. Also, how Ronan wound up appointed as the lieutenant of Thanos, with a ship, an army, and an opportunity for his own chance at revenge. The Mind Stone isn’t something Ronan would ever wish to use, given its role in bringing the mighty Kree to their knees in subservience. But if he could trade it for a much more… powerful Infinity Stone, delivered to him by Thanos? That sounds more than believable.

Some fans might point to the novel Thanos: Titan Consumed as contradicting this explanation of how Thanos got the Mind Stone in the first place. However, Marvel’s decision to retroactively clarify that the Thanos origin novel is non-canon may actually make our explanation more likely. Despite all involved understanding it to be the canonical origin of Thanos, many assumed at the time that movie development had brought contradictions, or possible contradictions into play. Since the novel has Thanos learn of the Infinity Stones from a character dubbed ‘Lorespeaker,’ then simply take the Mind Stone from him… well, an explanation that ties into the existing MCU would likely be preferable.

If Captain Marvel could find a way to make Carol Danvers the beginning of the Avengers, and then also reveal that her story was relevant to Thanos and his Infinity War, why pass up the opportunity? After all, Captain Marvel anchors Carol’s origins and powers in the Space Stone, so the Kree Empire worshiping the Mind Stone would actually change little about the story.

We’ll assume this as head-canon until Marvel explicitly denies, if for no other reason than the character work it adds for Ronan the Accuser. As it stands, his flip from Kree commander to fanatical villain is entirely unexplained (he was serving Thanos long before the Kree/Xandar peace treaty was signed). Not only would this theory answer half a dozen MCU questions, but it would make his iconic face paint one of the best connective details in the entire MCU: black oozing from his eyes and mouth as a reminder to the Kree of the lies he saw and spewed while serving an Infinity Stone, instead of his people.

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2019-04-21 03:04:25

Andrew Dyce

Captain America ‘Fights Like Thor’ in The BEST Way

Captain America may not be able to fly, punch, or drink like an Asgardian, but now that he’s defending Earth from a magical invasion he’s asking one question: what would Thor do? And his answer is more incredible than fans will ever expect.

Steve Rogers usually doesn’t need to worry about ‘fighting like Thor’ since his hammer-throwing Avengers teammate is normally fighting at his side. But in Marvel’s new War of The Realms event, the heroes have been scattered. Thor has been stranded far away from the fight, and doesn’t even know that his brother Loki was eaten alive by his Frost Giant father. So with demons invading New York City, Captain America decides to stop fighting like a super soldier… and start thinking like a god.

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Being the hero that he is, Captain America sets his sights on the biggest target. Fans of the Thor movies know that the god of thunder has dropped more than a few Frost Giants by delivering a simple knockout punch. But without the ability to fly, there’s no way for Cap to put his own strength – or shield – to use. A problem he solves with some good old fashioned ingenuity. If you can’t jump or fly into the face of a Giant, just take the stairs instead.

The strategy kills two birds with one stone: Steve hurries his way up floor after floor to reach the height of the Frost Giant’s massive blue head, and gets to direct every bystander to make a quick exit to safety. The attack itself is delivered without warning, just the sudden appearance of Captain America diving out a plate glass window shield first, aiming straight at the utterly baffled face of the Jotunheim warrior. The impact doesn’t even need to be shown, since fans know that a Cap-powered, vibranium shield strike to the skull is just as good as a swing of Thor’s hammer (assuming Mjolnir hadn’t been destroyed, obviously).

This perfect blend of Steve Rogers ingenuity and Asgardian enemy is a terrific appetizer for Cap’s coming promotion, when the War of The Realms sees Captain America join the Valkyrie and wage war from the back of a pegasus. But the moment that is guaranteed to have readers clutching their chests in a wave of Chris-Evans-esque delight comes when the Frost Giant hits the pavement unconscious… and Steve instructs his teammates to “find me another giant! I’m going back up!” Hey, when the winning strategy demands Steve sprint up dozens of flights of stairs over and over again, you can guarantee that he’ll be willing to do it. All day, if need be.

If this moment alone hasn’t convinced you to pick up War of The Realms already, then check out the official synopsis for Issue #2 below:

THE WORLD AT WAR! AS THE BATTLE FOR NEW YORK CITY CONTINUES, A HERO FALLS! All the heroes of the Marvel Universe have assembled, yet this still might not be enough to stop Malekith’s endless war. And the one hero who could turn the tide…is stranded where no one can reach him. With Thor trapped in the land of the Frost Giants and the forces of Earth overwhelmed, Black Panther, Jane Foster and Doctor Strange make a desperate gamble. Valhalla awaits…

Marvel’s War of The Realms #2 is available now from your local comic book store, or direct from Marvel Comics.

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2019-04-21 02:04:16

Andrew Dyce

Captain America Turns ‘Traitor’ In The Story Marvel WON’T Tell

WARNING: The following article contains SPOILERS for Spider-Man: Life Story #1 & #2.

One would think that an alternate-timeline in which Captain America betrays his country at the height of the Vietnam War would see such a drastic occurrence as its focal point. Yet this stunning event is only a part of the background of Life Story – a new Spider-Man mini-series that offers a decidedly different take on the heroes of Marvel Comics during the Silver Age of Comics.

The basic idea of Life Story is taken from the classic Marvel What If? series, which explored how the lives of various characters might be forever altered by one little change. In the case of Life Story, the series explores the life of Peter Parker if he had aged in real time after being created as a 15 year old high-school student in 1962. The first chapter of Life Story is set in 1966, where Peter Parker is 19, newly accepted into college and, like most young men of the time, worried about the growing conflict in Vietnam.

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While Stan Lee wasn’t shy about confronting the issues raised by the Vietnam War and the student protests against it, he never explored how Peter’s sense of responsibility might leave him conflicted regarding the idea of military service. Ignoring the morality of the war itself, Peter did have the welfare of his elderly Aunt May to think of, but he probably would still wonder if the responsibility of his great power required him to serve society as a soldier.

Writer Chip Zdarksy explores this question masterfully, with Peter turning to Captain America for his own opinions on the war and his advice on what he should do. True to form, Steve Rogers says that he intends to see the conflict for himself before making a decision but that he has seen enough of Spider-Man in action to trust that he will make the right choice for himself.

Peter eventually decides that there is no dishonor in protecting his city from domestic threats while other superheroes support the war effort directly. As for Steve Rogers, the first issue of Life Story  dramatically reveals his decision in its final pages, as a group of American soldiers prepare to attack a seemingly unarmed rural village in the jungle of Vietnam. They are all disarmed by one throw of Captain America’s mighty shield, with Cap instructing them to tell Iron Man that “These people? They’re under my protection.”

This subplot continues into the second issue of Life Story, where the story jumps forward to 1977. For reasons that are not precisely explained, the Vietnam War is still going on in this reality, with Iron Man and Giant Man still leading the American troops. Captain America, for his part, is said to still be hiding out in the jungle, fighting a one-man war to prevent deaths on both sides of the conflict.

Again, this interesting idea is only background material. The focus of the story remains on Peter Parker, who has just turned 30, is happily married to Gwen Stacy and is working alongside Reed Richards at the Future Foundation. While Zdarksy spins an engaging tale around Spider-Man, and how an older Peter Parker might have addressed the problems he faced in the 1970s Spider-Man comics, the tale of Captain America changing in the face of the Vietnam War is worth examining in greater detail. It is unknown how this subplot will be developed in future issues but there is rich ground to be explored here and tremendous potential for a follow-up mini-series.

Spider-Man: Life Story #2 is now available from Marvel Comics.

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2019-04-19 01:04:15

Matt Morrison