Captain Marvel’s Powers Won’t Break The Universe, Says Kevin Feige

Disclaimer: This post contains minor spoilers for Captain Marvel.

If you were like many of us, chances are you had a chance to check out Marvel Studios’ latest origin film, Captain Marvel. All in all, I thought the film was a fun, if predictable time at the theaters, but I’d be lying if I said it was a perfect one. Admittedly, one such problem I had had to do with Captain Marvel’s seemingly over-powered super-abilities.

Sure, she faced a bit of conflict early on, but act three of the film felt like quite the “obligatory” one — as in it seemed as though Marvel Studios felt the need to put it there, even if it didn’t particularly pose a challenge to Carol Danvers, who spends the majority of the time flying through things without much pushback. But, as Kevin Feige said to /Film, that was kind of the point.

“The point of this movie was to see her 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. We’d seen that over the course of the rest of the movie. We wanted to see her cut loose.”

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Okay, fair enough. I can kinda liken this to a movie like Speed Racer (I know, it’s a weird comparison). By the last leg of that race, you know the dude is going to win. It’s more of an emotional climax that it brings than a physical one, and the catharsis comes from her tapping into her powers, not necessarily overcoming an obstacle. But will this pose a problem in the future? Will Carol simply be too powerful to coexist in this world?

“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 un-killable. 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.”

As a “case-in-point,” I’d point to Vision. This is a guy who’s totally overpowered. By all means, he should not exist as comfortably in this world as he does because of how strong he is. And yet, somehow they’ve managed to make him work in all three films he’s been in so far pretty well. They do so by using him strategically and handicapping him at other points.

Hopefully, this won’t mean Carol is hamstrung at every single point, but perhaps at least, we can see her go toe-to-toe with greater beings along the same lines as Thor.

What do you think of Feige’s comments? Do you buy them, and is Captain Marvel’s “OP” nature concerning to you? Let us know down below!

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