CAPTAIN MARVEL: Kevin Feige Talks Her Powers, Limits, And Promises An ‘Achilles Heel’
Captain Marvel hit the world by storm. It had a monster opening weekend at the box office. For those that saw the movie, you saw Carol Danvers get more powerful as the movie went on. By the end, she seemed unstoppable, and it was awesome. But people seem worried she’s too powerful. Similar to characters like Thor or Superman, there’s a concern that she has no real weaknesses.
Kevin Feige talked to Slashfilm about her powers, and says she’ll meet her limitations, but in due time.
“Well, the point of this movie was to see her exactly as you said, unleashed, unchained. What happens when she taps into her full potential not being held back? So it was not the time to hold back. It was not the time to emphasize limitations or loss. We’d seen that over the course of the rest of the movie. We wanted to see her cut loose. In future stories, well, none of the Marvel characters are immortal. Even ones that seem immortal, some people might be very hard to kill, but nobody’s unkillable. So if we’re lucky enough to see future adventures with Captain Marvel, of course there will be limitations and there will be Achilles heels and there will be things that we learn and see that it’s not as easy as a slicing through whatever she wants to at any point. But this wasn’t the time to accentuate that.”
First off, he’s right. Captain Marvel was not the movie to show that. Her journey was about her potential, not her limitations. Secondly, it makes sense from a story point of view, to give her limitations, or there is no conflict. As fun as you’d think it would be for her not to have a formidable opponent, it would make for a boring movie. Superman fights other Kryptonians and rich dudes from Gotham to make it seem even. Thor fights other demigods. The same thing will happen with Captain Marvel.
There is a reason why the character has had many successful runs in the comics, the conflict and issues she has to overcome work with the powers that are given. No one should worry about how powerful she is, because it’s only a matter of time before she meets a foe formidable enough to challenge her.
The women in the MCU are great, but it’s about time we got one of this caliber. With one Captain presumably on his way out, the MCU has found its new Captain. I like the character, and enjoyed the movie enough. The potential of the character is sky high. If that potential brings Kamala Khan into the MCU, then I will be forever grateful. Also, Goose needs to be in all future Captain Marvel related projects and beyond. But that is a different topic for a different time.