With the upcoming release of Avengers Infinity War Part II, as well as the reveal that Captain Marvel was going to be the last hope for the Avengers in overcoming Thanos’ wrath (in the credits scene of Avengers Infinity War Part I), we thought it was timely to check in on our dear old Captain Marvel, aka Carol Danvers, and see just how powerful she is.
What better place to start than her comic book origin:
Mar-vell was a superpowered member of the Kree alien race, and Danvers — a fighter pilot — received her abilities after Mar-vell shielded her from the explosion of a Kree weapon, causing his alien DNA to merge with hers.
Danvers’ powers are numerous, and more closely resemble those of Superman than any member of the MCU.
Superman was an Alien, a member of the Krypton Race
Danvers (via Mar-Vell) is an Alien, a member of the Kree Race. ( Captain Marvel’s Powers Make Her The Strongest Avenger Yet — You Read That Right, Thor )
The similarities between Kree and Kryptonian continue:
Kree race have blue skin. Due to the difference in gravity and chemical composition of the air between their home world Hala and Earth, Krees have a greater strength on Earth than humans but are not able to breathe the air on Earth without some sort of aid.
Since Danvers received the strength of the Kree and some of the benefits of being human, she retains most of the abilities with fewer limitations. ( Kree – Wikipedia )
Further, given that Danvers is a “half-breed” she joins the ranks of other notable Kree half-breeds. These supreme beings include:
Genis-Vell- a being powerful enough to destroy (then recreate) the multi-verse. He was able to defeat one of the two original Storm Giants with one shot. (beings capable of wiping out ALL of Asgard).
Phyla-Vell – The sister of Genis-Vell. (Hela anyone?) Gone up against the likes of Annihilus and Galactus and survived.
Powerful company, indeed.
That said, let’s compare Carol’s powers to Superman, Thor and Thanos (some of the mightiest characters in all of comicdom):
Captain Marvel can fly six times the speed of light, she has superhuman strength, she has a “seventh sense” so she can see things coming, she has insane endurance and stamina, and she’s an expert in hand-to-hand combat.
She also has the cool ability to shoot blasts of energy from her hands, and (sometimes) absorb massive amounts of energy back into herself (the comics have shown her doing this with everything from black holes to nuclear weapons… pow!). ( How Captain Marvel could be the key to the next ‘Avengers’ film )
Superman famous arsenal of powers has included flight, super-strength, invulnerability to non-magical attacks, super-speed, vision powers (including x-ray, heat-emitting, telescopic, infra-red, and microscopic vision), super-hearing, super-intelligence, and super-breath, which enables him to blow out air at freezing temperatures, as well as exert the propulsive force of high-speed winds. ( Superman – Wikipedia )
Side-Note: Superman has been said to fly at 1x the speed of light or less.
Thor possesses physical powers superior to those of normal Asgardian gods. He has an extended lifespan augmented (although not immortal) by the Golden Apples of Idunn, immunity to conventional diseases, enhanced endurance (Thor’s Asgardian metabolism is far greater than a human), superhuman strength ([lifting 100 tons]), which increases further when he succumbs to “warrior’s madness,” a berserker rage, the mindless battle passion that increases a warriors strength tenfold. By chanting and performing an ancient ritual, Thor can also invoke the berserker rage to increase his strength. His skin and bones are several times denser than those of mortals, granting him extreme resistance to injury. ( http://marvel.com/universe/Thor_complete_powers#ixzz5Jae1ya7N )
Thanos is super powerful – he’s big, strong, and he now has a gauntlet that harnesses the power of all the Infinity Stones: the Space Stone (giving the user the ability to access any location in the universe instantly); the Mind Stone (the user has access to powerful ‘mental abilities,’ like mind control and manipulation); the Reality Stone (giving the user the ability to manipulate reality); the Power Stone (enhances the user’s physical power, and has the ability to destroy entire planets at will); the Time Stone (allows the user to influence time); and the Soul Stone(not much is known about this one). ( How Captain Marvel could be the key to the next ‘Avengers’ film )
So, while all of them are formidable allies or opponents, and despite wanting to give nods to all four, we feel that Captain Marvel, with her experience against cosmic threats, her tact, her humanity and her alien powers, has advantages that really separate her from the rest of the list. (She is the only human and we like to root for the underdogs!)
Not only that, but Carol doesn’t need to wear a glove or carry an enhanced hammer to be at her best. (sorry Thanos and Thor die-hards)
So for the sake of the MCU, cinematic history and giving the audience an epic battle the likes of which they’ve never seen on screen, Captain Marvel will probably be that proverbial thorn in the side of the “Mad Titan,” and this is going to be a knock down drag out fight.
What will it take to over come all that pent up rage and the near limitless powers of the Infinity Gauntlet?
Probably being knocked down and getting up a lot, summoning the last remaining strength of her allies and taking it to the purple goon, pulling the glove from his icy clutches and flinging him into the farthest reaches of space!
Advantage, Captain Marvel!