Now that Avengers: Endgame is available for home release, fans are watching the movie over and over again, trying to catch every little detail they couldn’t in the theaters. With as much money the film made in the box office, placing it as one of the highest-grossing of all time, its hard to believe that those die hard fans didn’t already watch it over and over again when it was on the big screen.
One thing that fans have been quick to point out was the lack of one of Marvel’s newest heroes, Captain Marvel. Their frustration was that, given the previous chapter, building up Carol Danvers’s skill set, she had very little screen time in Endgame.
Writers, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely sat down with Vanity Fair about their little film. When approached with the complaint about Captain Marvel, or the lack thereof, they defended their decisions:
“She was always going to be in it, but we didn’t have much to go on. They had cast her, and that was it. It is a tough balance to strike when you have a character that powerful, who you’re going to bring in, and you don’t want it to seem like, ‘Well, we just brought in this person who can clean the house, that we couldn’t [have] clean in the previous movie.’ So, we had to decide on a balance between not making it feel like a cameo, but not having her around so much that she solved all the problems for everybody.”
They further went on to explain the point they were trying to make with the movie, and address a similar complaint with Infinity War:
“The point of the second movie was saying goodbye to the original six Avengers, so their stories were gonna be way up here. We had the same issue a little bit with Black Panther in Infinity War because people go, ‘Oh! Black Panther, he’s coming back two months from now! Alright, I’m gonna get a lot of Black Panther!’ And he got some. I mean, we went to Wakanda, but he wasn’t the lead character. It was not fair to the other six Avengers to have Captain Marvel come in and solve all their problems. It didn’t seem like good storytelling.”
Avengers: Endgame was a good send off to the heroes that were set up in MCU’s first phase, and the culmination of the first Avengers movie. With the announcement of what Disney has planned for the next phase, we know that they aren’t done with at least three of those original six. Also, though she may had been lacking in Endgame, you know they are just getting started with Ms. Danvers, and plan to use to her full extent…..and then some.