The following article may contain a big spoiler for Captain Marvel and potentially Avengers: Endgame.
Samuel L. Jackson may have spoiled a major surprise in Captain Marvel. He may have just been messing with a group of reporters during a set visit. Only time will tell, but if you don’t mind a spoiler (or already saw it in headlines elsewhere), let’s get into it.
As reported by Entertainment Tonight, Jackson mentioned that Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) has a surprising ability in the film.
“She’s pretty much the strongest character — in terms of someone with powers are able to do things — in the Marvel universe. So, for Carol Danvers to be that person and for Brie to become that person, it’s gonna be a dynamite thing. I mean, [the Avengers] are up against some really, really tough odds right now — we saw throughout Infinity War — so now we know that we need something that’s as powerful as Thanos. And at some point, we’ll find out how powerful she is and all the things that she’s capable of. She’s one of the few people in the Marvel universe that can time travel, so…”
I’m not familiar with Carol Danvers having the ability to travel through time in the comics, so this is a big surprise if it’s true. Danvers is known for her superhuman strength and durability along with the abilities to fly, shoot photon blasts out of her hands, and go “binary,” which is basically a nuclear version of all of her powers at once.
Danvers is not known for traveling through time. It may have happened in a comic that I missed, but it’s certainly not a regular thing in the source material. Marvel Studios has altered power sets for characters before, so it’s not out of the question for the studio to have given Danvers an extra ability.
Traveling through time would be one way of explaining why Carol Danvers hasn’t aged much since the 1990s (when her movie takes place), but the second trailer already covered that. Danvers has Kree DNA, which makes her live longer and, presumably, saves her from aging at the rate of an average human.
There are a lot of fan theories involving time travel for Avengers: Endgame. Captain Marvel being able to travel through time could certainly work within most or all of those theories if any of them pan out. Again, though, there is already a mechanism in place here with the Quantum Realm, complete with time vortexes in which Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) may be an expert.
As speculative minds keep spinning, it’s worth noting the reasonable doubt as to how true this is. Jackson made the comment while being interviewed by a group of reporters during a set visit. This was a separate set visit from the ones widely reported on earlier today.
In both set visit interviews, Jackson joked around quite a bit. It’s possible he was just messing with this particular group of reporters when he made the time travel comment. It’s also possible that Jackson confused a potential time jump in the film with Danvers actually being able to make those kinds of jumps regularly.
If Carol Danvers can travel through time, Marvel Studios will have to show audiences why she wouldn’t just do that any time something bad happens. The same question, though, needs to be answered for the Quantum Realm (if it indeed is used for time travel in Endgame) and the Time Stone (if it survives Endgame).
It’s hard to know what to make of all this. Thankfully, we only have to wait a couple more months to see Captain Marvel for ourselves and figure all of this out (or see that Jackson really was kidding).
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SOURCE: Entertainment Tonight