(For all of "Captain Marvel," there are great spoilers.) They were warned.)
It was a strange year for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I mean that in a good way, of course with the two most popular films in the series, both of which appear in the first half of the year, and "Avengers: Infinity War" with the craziest cliffhanger in the history of blockbusters. "Ant-Man and the Wasp" served as a light and amusing distraction before coming to a conclusion stating that Ant-Man will be very important for the "Endgame" next month. Then wait a long, painful wait for "Captain" Marvel. "We really want to see how this story continues, and we thought 'Captain Marvel' would be part of it, of course.
That's why we wrote a series of speculative pieces last summer at TheWrap in response to this insane "Avengers: Infinity War" cliffhanger. The most famous ̵
And yet it does not work anyway. "Captain Marvel" has absolutely no apparent relevance to the currently larger storyline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And that is extremely funny.
It was hard to imagine last year's "Captain Marvel" would not be of great importance for "Infinity War" and "Endgame" and would not us just introduce Carol Danvers. After all, Thanos was a longtime enemy of Mar-Vell in the comics-you know, the person Carol takes the Captain Marvel nickname from. Of course, this movie might not only work as a prelude to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in general, but also specifically for Thanos' crusade.
And there were a few concrete reasons from the films themselves, to believe that "Captain Marvel" would work that way. In "Infinity War," Thanos indicates that his crusade began about two decades earlier, which made the attitude of "Captain Marvel" in the mid-1990s very noticeable. In another scene, he says, "I've ignored my fate once," a comment you could interpret as hinting at the case of Titan. But I do not buy this interpretation because that feeling is not what he described this situation. What would his fate have been in this situation? To forcefully introduce his death lottery? No, the mood there is that the fall of Titan turned him away from someone trying to convince someone who imposes his will. If this line referred to the case of Titan, it did so awkwardly.
Perhaps the hardest testimony that "Captain Marvel" was significant for "Infinity War" and "Endgame" is the inclusion of Ronan the Prosecutor (Lee Pace) in the cast of characters. Of course, Ronan first appeared in "Guardians of the Galaxy" as he worked for Thanos as part of the Thanos Crusade to eradicate half the life in the galaxy. Are you 25 years ahead of "Avengers: Endgame"?
Remember, this was in the years before Thanos finally acquired all of the Infinity Stones when he or his subordinates invaded a planet at once and murdered half the population. Ronan was responsible for the invasion of the Drax the Destroyer homeworld and personally murdered Drax's family. However, Ronan worked only for Thanos because he rejected a peace treaty between the Kree Empire and Xandar. Thanos promised to destroy Xandar if Ronan served him.
We've known for a long time that Ronan is still part of the Kree military in Captain Marvel, which takes place in 1995. Which means that Xandar and the Kree ended their war sometime between 1995 and 2014, and Ronan left the Kree empire in indignation and committed himself to Thanos. It would have been easy for "Captain Marvel" to add something that sets these events in motion, even if it's just a reference or a conversation.
However, Ronan is confusing only in "Captain Marvel" as a reference to another MCU movie, and there is nothing here that even suggests why he gives up his people to join Thanos. He's just a little bit in the film and barely participates, and you'd be forgiven for not even realizing that he was a character you've already seen because he has no meaning at all in the context of this film Has.
And do not even let me start the pager thing. I felt the key to the movie was that there had to be a real reason why Carol had not returned to Earth earlier and why Fury had not tried to call her during one of the MCU's world-threatening threats. Infinity War ". Instead, Carol Fury gives the improved pager and says she only has to call in an "emergency". They had to streamline the universe, so nothing in the last decade of MCU stories was qualified as an "emergency." And that's not it. They did not even make this movie relevant in this way.
And how do you put this movie into the calendar just six weeks before "Avengers: Endgame" and is it so irrelevant to the bigger story? We are all covered by #EndgameFever at the moment, and the lack of meaningful nuggets that give context to the ongoing story is a kind of deflation if you are emotionally invested in this franchise. Part of the excitement for "Captain Marvel" – a not insignificant part – was that it looked like a major innovation in the MCU.
Instead, it's just a side story, even more than the other The MCU movie we received during this interlude, "Ant-Man and the Wasp," is a minor side plan to counteract the plight of "Infinity War." and yet with all the important basics for "Endgame" the Quantum Realm stuff. Also, it had a Stinger from the middle of the credits, which leads directly into this next "Avengers" movie. "Captain Marvel", on the other hand, has a real scene from "Endgame" instead of putting anything up.
And look – I can admit that it's quite possible that my reading error is wrong and it will turn out that some or some of the things we've seen in "Captain Marvel" are in retrospect actually "Infinity War" and "Endgame" are related. In addition, of course, it shows how Carol unlocks her full potential. And sure, it's important that she completely masters her Tesseract skills – it certainly means something, that she has some Infinity Stone powers in her. However, the actual plot setup for "Endgame" would show how these powers will be of particular importance in the coming struggle, and that did not happen here.
But yes, sure, maybe in "Captain Marvel" there are some important details of the plot that are important parts of the ongoing story and it will not be obvious what they are until we have seen. Final. "I do not know why they did it that way. These films are ultimately advertisement for each other, so it does not make sense to bury these details and make the ad aspect less effective.
At that moment, however, I'm just confused as to how Marvel would choose to tangentially introduce this character into "Infinity War," with a sting that certainly gives the impression that the avengers could not stop Thano without her – and her movie in the '90s, as if there were certain reasons why she kept away from Earth for 24 years – and then just give us a movie in which nothing that happens in it seems relevant to "Endgame", the movie that will end the story of the first 11 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I just do not understand.