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5 Reasons to Get Excited About Captain Marvel

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Marvel’s newly announced Captain Marvel movie may seem far away with its 2018 release date, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start getting excited right now!

You’ll undoubtedly hear a lot more about Captain Marvel over the next three years, so we thought we’d get a head start with 5 reasons you should get excited to see Captain Marvel AKA Carol Danvers headline her own film.

5. Her superpowers are perfect for the silver screen

You think the Hulk is tough? Wait until you meet Carol Danvers. She possesses superhuman strength and endurance, can fly at six times the speed of sound, and has a limited precognitive “sixth sense”. And that’s without even mentioning her Binary powers! She can survive in space, absorb energy, and even discharge radiant energy blasts from her hands. Her powers evolved and changed over the years so it’s not yet known whether or not we’ll see all of these powers in the film. Either way, no doubt Carol will truly be a sight to behold.

4. She fits nicely into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)

The MCU is growing in a cosmic direction between Guardians of the Galaxy and the growing presence of Thanos. Carol fits perfectly in this paradigm shift, since her origin story is steeped in alien life. The original Captain Marvel was a Kree alien hero and Carol’s powers developed from the explosion of a Kree device and she now has a combined human/Kree physiology. Plus, Carol was involved with the Guardians in the comic universe.

Before she obtained her powers, she was part of the US Air Force, which provides a connection to Captain America’s Sam Wilson and Iron Man’s James Rhodes.

3. Great characters to fill in a movie

Captain Marvel Carol has a huge presence in the comics. She has relationships with characters already established in the MCU, and her movie also presents the opportunity to introduce more new characters, specifically female characters. Carol is close friends with Monica Rambeau, who preceded Danvers as the first female Captain Marvel, as well as Jessica Drew AKA Spider-Woman.

Monica could be an established friend and mentor to Carol. Jessica, Carol’s best friend in the comics, has been part of many teams, including S.W.O.R.D. (Sentient World Observation and Response Division) which would be a great way to introduce that team to the cosmic world of the MCU.

2. Female Captain Marvel

Carol isn’t the first female Captain Marvel, nor even the second. She assumed the mantle in 2012 after her run as Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan has since taken up the mantle). The fact that Marvel Studios chose a female Captain Marvel for a standalone film is important. She will be Marvel’s first female solo film and it’s an exciting first step toward a more inclusive MCU. Hopefully this will usher in a new wave of female-led films (Black Widow, anyone?).

Plus we’ll get an amazing actress playing an outstanding female character. A lot of fans are holding out hope that Katee Sackhoff will play Carol, but there have also been rumors of Kathryn Winnick, Yvonne Strahovski, and most recently, Emily Blunt. We’re excited to get that news, whenever it comes.

1. She’s just awesome

Carol quotes Star Wars and her alien cat’s name is Chewie. She’s funny, strong, a great leader, and has a great rapport with characters all across the board. Her biggest fan is a little girl named Kit Renner and imagine, just for a moment, the Kit Renners of the world who will be inspired by Captain Marvel when this movie comes out. If that’s not enough to get excited about this movie, I don’t know what is.

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