Source: Brie Larson

Fans literally jumped out of their seats when Brie Larson was introduced as the star of Captain Marvel during the Marvel Studios panel at Comic-Con two months ago. Since then, everyone has been wondering two things: who will direct Captain Marvel and when will we see Brie Larson make her debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Marvel is still deciding on a director, but it appears whoever gets the Captain Marvel job will not be the first to direct Larson in the MCU.

Captain Marvel, with no director and a March 8, 2019 release date, is far off from starting production, but a pair of Marvel movies that will soon begin production could feature Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel’s true identity). The standing assumption is that every living Marvel hero (from the movies) will have a role in Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled follow-up. Joe Russo, who is directing the films with his brother, Anthony, may have just tipped his hand that Danvers will be no exception. He discussed the casting of Larson as Carol Danvers with The Toronto Sun.

“It’s an incredible piece of casting. You couldn’t ask for better. Not only is she an amazingly talented actor but she’s a wonderful human being. We’re really looking forward to the opportunity of re-teaming with her… if we were to get the chance to work with that character.”

Joe caught himself at the end there, but it sure sounds like Larson will appear in one or both of the Russos’ Avengers movies, which are being filmed together. The question now is what sort of role Larson will have in Avengers: Infinity War and/or its follow-up?

The natural assumption is that Carol Danvers will have a mini-origin story within the context of Infinity War. Danvers might be a liaison put in place by the government to be its eyes and ears within the Avengers while they deal with Thanos. Then she might have an encounter with some sort of alien tech whether that is an Infinity Stone or something of Kree origin and becomes Captain Marvel. She could even join the action in a battle again Thanos.

This seems the most logical to me as it is how the Russos introduced Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War. T’Challa was introduced out of costume first before joining the fray as Black Panther. From then on, the Panther had a substantial role throughout that film. Not saying that’s what they would have to do for the next movie, I imagine it could be similar for Carol Danvers in Avengers: Infinity War.

There are other alternatives too. She might just be Carol Danvers throughout the entire movie. She could be in the aforementioned government liaison role as a human ally for the Avengers on Earth while they’re in space taking on Thanos. She could then come into contact with the alien tech that makes her Captain Marvel, placing her in a coma and leaving her on the bench until her solo movie or the Avengers movie following Infinity War. I see that as less likely since the Russos seem pretty adamant about keeping the story and character arcs within this first Infinity War movie. It would shortchange any new viewers who might be coming into Captain Marvel without seeing the prior Avengers movies. But it is possible, as with anything at the marvelous House of Ideas.

Whatever her role in Infinity War, she will be a welcome addition to the already growing cast of those movies. I look forward to any interactions with any of the pre-existing Marvel characters. I would particularly love to see Carol Danvers and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) argue who is the real “captain” within The Avengers. If you’ve seen memes circulating around the internet about that, they are very humorous. It would be fun to see it play out within the movie.

But I’m sure whatever we see in the movie will top whatever I think will happen. With Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely’s impeccable writing and the Russos’ wonderful direction, I’m sure Brie Larson will have plenty of wonderful things to do in the Avengers movies.

Avengers: Infinity War arrives in theaters May 4, 2018, with its untitled follow-up to arrive on May 3, 2019.