Warning: Spoiler contains the following for Captain Marvel.
Captain Marvel has introduced a number of new characters that will change the fabric of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Captain Marvel himself is the Earth's last great hope against Thanos, and the new movie is the first time that fans can see the superhero holding a photon in motion. The Skrulls, with their form-changing abilities, could turn MCU's established relationships and organizations into pretzels if they so wish, including avengers. And the Kree aliens, some of whom have turned out to be warmongers and propagandists as Captain Marvel seem to be more shameful and threatening than we thought.
But perhaps the most intriguing new character is not one who can shape the future of the MCU, but rather one who has already changed it and has always lived with some of our favorite characters: scientist Wendy Lawson, aka the Cree- Scientist Mar-Vell, played by the inimitable Annette Bening.
Bening technically plays two characters; She is also the supreme intelligence avatar of Kree, the person you most admire. But it is Mar-Vell who was actually in the process of salvaging an Infinity stone, inspiring Carol Danvers to become a hero, and the future of S.H.I.E.L.D. Organization.
Her character is also a twist in Carol Danver's comic origin story, a winking tribute to a Marvel Comics hero, and a measure of how far Danvers has come.
Mar-Vell and Project Pegasus' grand revelation in Captain Marvel explains
. Bening's Wendy Lawson is only in Captain Marvel for a total of eight minutes. But no other character comes so close to her per-minute influence on the overall story of the movie.
Captain Marvel introduces Lawson during a Flashback sequence in which Carol Danvers is captured by the Skrulls and inserted into their memory scanner machine. Lawson appears in Danvers' memories, and the result, as we learned from Kree, is that the Skrulls believe Lawson is the key to technological advances that will help them win the war between the two species.
This makes Lawson an interesting person when Danvers crashes on Earth. Finding Lawson is especially important to Danvers, not only to help the kree to victory, but to help them learn more about their past lives on earth (Lawson is also the character who joined Supreme Intelligence) Carol appears.)
As the public and Danvers finally find out, Lawson is actually part of a joint organization of NASA and the US Air Force called Project Pegasus. Although the scope of Project Pegasus's research and the question of what exactly is done with all their funding and technology is not entirely clear, Captain Marvel shows how Lawson and Danvers talk about flying while Danvers & # 39; speak earlier life on earth.
But in a massive revelation it turns out that Lawson is a kree scientist named Mar-Vell, who was actually trying to help the Skrulls find a new home. The Skrulls are actually refugees. At the end of the movie, it's clear the Skrulls are not the bad guys, and the Kree are not the "noble warriors" they were portrayed in ̵
Mar-Vell found this out and decided to help the Skrulls. During the Pegasus project, she tried to find a new home and some of her efforts depended on using the power of the Tesseract – the object we know from previous Marvel films eventually became a mighty stone of infinity.
In Captain Marvel Bening's Mar-Vell dies attempting to help and protect the Skrulls, and her death inspires Danvers to complete Mar-Sell's mission.
The presence of Mar-Vell and Project Pegasus fills in some gaps in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The beauty of Mar-Vell is that the character along with  the Captain Marvel When hiring (a period of time that we have not yet seen in the MCU), becomes what we know about the MCU and the Tesseract, aka Space Infinity Stone, lent a new fold.
A few things to keep in mind: 1) The chronology of the MCU does not reflect the order in which their films were released, and 2) the first time the Tesseract display appeared in May 2011, during Thor Post Credits Scene (more info coming soon).
In MCU chronology, the entire history of Tesseract began several decades ago.
The first time that we are comprehensive The Tesseract was introduced in . Captain America: The First Avenger was released in July 2011. The First Avenger plays in the early 1940s and its plot revolves around the Red Skull persecution of Tesseract to Norway (via Norse mythology) and theft in the hope that he can cultivate and use his energy to win World War II. Captain America defeats Red Skull's plan, Red Skull is beamed through a wormhole created by the Tesseract, and both Captain America and the Tesseract eventually plunge into the ocean.
At the end of The First Avenger finds Howard Stark the Tesseract, but does not find Cap:
In the MCU chronology we know that Stark continued to study the Tesseract shown in drawings Iron Man 2 – which came out in 2010 before the first official Tesseract sighting in Thor End Credits and its lengthy backstory in The First Avenger but takes about six decades after The First Avenger .
The drawings of Howard Stark in Iron Man 2 imply that Tony Stark's arc reactor (and its different permutations) relies on the Tesseract technology originally discovered by Howard Stark – but we did not know that Iron Man 2 came out. The First Avenger began to reveal the story of Tesseract, and we began to get a more complete picture.
So the Tesseract became loud The First Avenger and Iron Man found Howard Stark after World War II and studied for an indefinite period by Stark. Finally, Nick Fury comes to own it.
Here begins Captain Marvel fill in some of the gaps. In Captain Marve I learn that the Tesseract was somehow obsessed with Mar-Vell in 1989 (and maybe a few years earlier) – the year she died and that Carol Danvers was captured by the Kree Army has been.
It gives us an indication of what was going on with the Tesseract before Loki stole it from Fury in The Avengers (), who was in the spider of the MCU around 2008 or 2012 – -Man: Homecoming has tinkered with the timeline, which has led to a controversial debate over when Avengers took place.
And the key to the timeline is the Pegasus project.
In Iron Man 2 Howard Stark collaborated with Project Pegasus before his death in 1991. Tony Stark opens a box of files called "Project Pegasus" when he tries to create his new element:
Mar-Vell Also collaborated with Project Pegasus – it was introduced in Captain Marvel ] as a joint NASA-USAF project that SHIELD has access to. We do not know if Mar-Vell and Howard Stark died before their deaths in 1989 and 1991, and Captain Marvel does not pinpoint how long Mar-Vell researched the Tesseract or when it took it In her space laboratory a kind of Tesseract handover takes place in the Pegasus project.
In Captain Marvel we see that Danvers & # 39; cat & # 39; Goose uses his tentacle mouth to keep the Tesseract with him and Nick Fury for safekeeping, and this is only decades later – as seen in one of the films' two end-credits scenes – that goose him to Nick Fury's desk spits out, probably to Fury and SHIELD
The Pegasus project also builds on the scene from Thor from 2011 and The Avengers from 2012. In the scene Thor Fury Doctor Selvig – a scientist working with Jane Foster and witnessing the events of Thor – asks to examine the Tesseract in a secret underground laboratory. However, without memorizing Fury, Loki plans in the shadow:
Then The Avengers before everything gets into chaos and an intergalactic invasion, it becomes clear that the laboratory in which Selvig has worked is called … Project Pegasus!
In The Avengers the operation is a joint venture between NASA and S.H.I.E.L.D. – a small difference from when we learn it is a joint venture between NASA and the US Air Force in 19459005, Captain Marvel.
But his main purpose seems to be the study of Tesseract.
Captain Marvel reveals that the Tesseract had a short detour in space in the '90s, and that the Skrulls and Kree liked along with a few cosmic beings Captain Marvel and the late Mar-Vell all know about their existence to a degree.
After that, it first appears in the MCU chronology, until The Avengers . After defending the planet against Loki's Chitauri invasion, Thor returns the Tesseract (and Loki) to Asgard for safekeeping. Everything is relatively good until the events of Thor: Ragnarok of 2017, when Asgard was destroyed and Loki rescued the Tesseract at the last moment.
Then, in 19458 Avengers: Infinity War kills Thanos Loki and reveals that the Tesseract is actually an Infinity stone, pushing him into the palm of his hand. Thanos finally puts together the complete Infinity Gauntlet, snaps his fingers and puff – half the life in the universe disappears. Expect Carol Danvers to perform all these details – perhaps in abbreviated form – in April 19459005 Avengers: Endgame .
Mar-Vells presence in Captain Marvel is also a tribute to the comic books
. Mar-Vell's ownership of Tesseract and his involvement in the rest of the MCU are not the only easter eggs of the character in Captain Marvel . In fact, Mar-Vell is actually a big part of Carol Danvers' original story – with a twist.
When Danvers was first introduced in 19459005. Marvel's Superhero  No. 13 in 1968, Mar-Vell's alter ego of Doctor Wendy Lawson was actually Doctor Walter Lawson, and Danvers was Lawson's love interest:
Superhero love is adorable, right?
The problem is that Danvers was written in many of her early appearances as a hapless girlfriend. And even as she became a superhero in the '70s, the initial editorial approval was that Danvers got a bad headache or fainted when her superhero personality took over the role, without the actual Danvers remembering to perform superhuman feats ,
With Captain Marvel this story takes a new turn by making Walter a Wendy.
Much of Danvers' lineage history is otherwise preserved in the movie – the explosion of a kree device gives her power, just like in the comics. However, in the comics this happened because Mar-Vell had given some of his Kree powers to Danvers, his then wife's friend, as a result of the explosion. (The Blast and Lineage History is revealed in 1977. Mrs. Marvel # 2):
On the other hand, Danvers takes on a more active role by purposely blowing the device up so it does not fall into the wrong hands. This is consistent with more modern comics, in which Danvers is the author of their own destiny.
The author Kelly Sue DeConnick's first run on the comic Captain Marvel gave Danvers more agency by introducing a time paradox plot in which she actively acquired superhuman abilities to become the heroine, which she wants to be:
The layer to make Mar-Vell a wife Movie Captain Marvel also seems to be inspired by a character in DeConnick's running, Helen Cobb.
Cobb is a pilot that Danvers greatly admires, not unlike Danvers, who admires Wendy Lawson / Mar-Vell in the movie (and sees the Supreme Intelligence Lawsons take shape). Cobb also flies jets, much to the dismay of their Air Force bosses, who do not allow women to fly. And Benings Lawson / Mar-Vell and Cobb have some similarities in their looks, namely their short hair and jackets.
Here's another shot of Cobb, slightly younger than in this newspaper clipping: