Fan Theories About Captain Marvel That Actually Make A Lot Of Sense

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Vote up your favorite Captain Marvel fan theories.

The MCU is one of the biggest superhero franchises in history, and there's no question as to why. With over twenty films, countless interesting characters, and so much source material to pull from, it's the saga that keeps on giving. One of fandoms' favorite things to do is come up with fan theories, and when it comes to the MCU, there are certainly a lot of them. From unanswered questions to character quirks, we managed to round up some of the most interesting fan theories surrounding our favorite cosmic captain - Carol Danvers. 

Which Captain Marvel fan theory do you think is most believable? Vote up your favorites below!


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    127 VOTES

    Captain Marvel Did What She Said She Would Do

    Captain Marvel Did What She Said She Would Do
    Photo: Captain Marvel / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From Redditor u/TheReplacer:

    So, I watched Captain Marvel last night and then went back to re-watching Guardians of the Galaxy. I had theory I want to prove and now what happen in Guardians of the Galaxy makes so much more sense than we first realized. Now in Guardians of the Galaxy we see the Nova Empire and the Kree Empire have signed a peace treaty. But why now all of a sudden after a thousand years of war. It always struck me as odd why this peace treaty happens in the first place and why it happens. But now I think it happen because Captain Marvel destroyed the Supreme Intelligence.

    Remember when she sends Yon-Rogg back to Hala with the message that she will destroy the Supreme Intelligence and end the war. Well she kept her word because the Kree and Nova Empires are no longer at war. She of course knew the only way to end the war was to destroy the Supreme Intelligence. Because everything the Kree do is because the Supreme Intelligence says it needs to be done for the betterment of the Kree race. She knows that the Kree are in a pretty helpless situation with their Super AI warmind gone. The Kree then would no longer have the Supreme Intelligence to guide them. Meaning they are leaderless and would not really know what to do in that situation since it never happened before. Now they’re not stupid but losing the Supreme Intelligence would leave them at a big disadvantage and no clear indication on what to do next. So, in a form of panic they called for peace so they would not be wipeout right away by all the enemies they made over the years.

    Also, it would explain why Ronan became rogue and went to Thanos for leadership. Because with the Supreme Intelligence destroyed, he would be in a leaderless state. He also found the Krees' reaction of forming peace right away as weak and would have probably want them to keep fighting without the Supreme Intelligence. Also explains why Ronan suddenly realized after he had an infinity stone, he no longer need Thanos help to wipeout Xandar. He had seen how powerful Captain Marvel had been when she had some infinity stone power and he had a real stone in his possession.

    So, Captain Marvel saying she is going to destroy the Supreme Intelligence fits pretty well with us watching the aftermath of that event in Guardians of the Galaxy.

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    87 VOTES

    Goose Chose To Help Carol Because It Knew She Would Continue Lawson's Work

    Goose Chose To Help Carol Because It Knew She Would Continue Lawson's Work
    Photo: Captain Marvel / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From Redditor u/nerryoob:

    tl;dr - Goose might be a high intelligent "guard" animal to Lawson, and is possibly even prescient. Bear in mind we already had this cat surprise us, as it turned out to be a highly dangerous alien, that actually has pocket dimensions in its mouth for storage. I believe it saw that Carol and Fury would continue Lawson's work, so deliberately followed and helped them

    [Read the full theory here]

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    93 VOTES

    Carol Hasn't Helped More Because The Pager Takes Too Long To Reach Her

    Carol Hasn't Helped More Because The Pager Takes Too Long To Reach Her
    Photo: Captain Marvel / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From Redditor u/Praeger:

    TL/DR - the pager takes weeks to months for the signal to get to Captain Marvel. This explains why she hasn't turned up in past movies.

    So in the after credits spoiler we get to see that the 'beacon' has been on for a little while now, we can easily assume weeks to months based upon a few factors: 1 - they first had to track the pager down 2 - they had to build a beacon amplifier around the pager 3 - the battery has 'at long last' drained

    So let's assume a minimum of 2 weeks, and up to a few months. Ok - so now let's assume that Fury actually did use the beacon twice in the past - firstly when NY is invaded, secondly with Ultron. NY - this went down over a period of days. Even if Fury hit the beacon the instant Loki arrived (which I think is logical considering the space stone connection to Marvel) she still would have arrived too late. Ultron - this has two possible answers. I don't know exactly how long they've said it went for, but from the movie it appears anywhere from a week to two weeks - so again either Fury did call, and she arrived late, or maybe Fury messed this one up and assumed that if the avengers could defend against one invasion, they could deal with a robot and decided not to call her.

    Either way it leads to a world wide alien invasion in infinity war, and as soon as he hears about it and sees the devastation going on, he immediately runs to the pager - but even if he'd pressed or hours ago, Captain Marvel still wouldn't have arrived in time.

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    66 VOTES

    Captain Marvel Reveals What Shield Was Really Doing At The Start Of 'The Avengers'

    Captain Marvel Reveals What Shield Was Really Doing At The Start Of 'The Avengers'
    Photo: Captain Marvel / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From Redditor u/Britator:

    When The Avengers begins, SHIELD is doing work on the Tesseract, but what are they doing with it? SHIELD had the Tesseract back for 15 years after the events of Captain Marvel and at the start of The Avengers seemingly haven't managed to achieve anything with their research. SHIELD weren't trying to make weapons - Hydra had figured that out fairly easily and Captain America had captured dozens of them. They weren't trying to make an energy source either - Tony Stark and Ivan Vanko both successfully and independently miniaturized the arc reactor technology. So either SHIELD scientists are all idiots, or they had another goal in mind. The Tesseract research was another attempt at a super soldier program attempting to recreate the powers absorbed by Carol Danvers, witnessed in person by Director Nick Fury. They just weren't successful because it was significantly more difficult than either of the two obvious uses.

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    56 VOTES

    Fury Named The Avengers After Carol's Power And What It Could Do

    Fury Named The Avengers After Carol's Power And What It Could Do
    Photo: Captain Marvel / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From Redditor u/lastlittlebird:

    It has always kind of bothered me that the team was called "The Avengers." I know there's that scene in the first movie where Tony says something like, 'we might not be able to save the Earth, but we'll avenge her.' Bad*ss as that sounds, it didn't seem to really jive with what Fury was hoping a group of superheroes loyal to Earth could achieve. Surely what he wanted was a group to protect the Earth, not just to punish those who hurt/destroy it after the fact. At the end of Captain Marvel, we see that Fury was going to name his idea The Protector Initiative at first. Then, Fury sees a photo of Carol Danvers with her plane, and the etching 'Capt Carol "Avenger" Danvers' and presumably changes his mind. Yes, the name was obviously inspired by Carol. But I also think Fury would have changed from "Protector" anyway. A protector might do anything to eliminate the danger. They might even try to commit genocide, like the Kree were doing, without any real justification.

    I think Fury deliberately used the term Avenger because he was fresh from a fight with people who didn't care about who hit first. Being on top was their 'protection.' With a group of people as super-powered as Captain Marvel, it would be all too easy to fall into that trap of believing you were in the right because you have the power. The trap of justifying your actions by saying that you're "protecting" your planet.

    The word "Avenger" might not be quite as noble as "Protector" but it does say who struck first.

     

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    75 VOTES

    Fury Doesn't Call Carol Often Because He Only Trusts Her With The Big Things

    Fury Doesn't Call Carol Often Because He Only Trusts Her With The Big Things
    Photo: Captain Marvel / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From Redditor u/inthewreckagebrother:

    So one of the biggest points people raised about Captain Marvel was "Why didn't Fury call her during any of the other movies when there were potentially world ending threats? I think it's because last time she was there, he saw an alien war, and a bunch of spaceships tried to bomb the planet. Fury just doesn't want to attract attention from the wrong people to Earth. Each time, he figures the Avengers can handle it, and he figures that's the safer bet. Also, let's remember that Fury has a habit of not trusting people, and he doesn't even know Captain Marvel that well. Watching that end credits scene in Infinity War again, and Fury doesn't seem too worried about hearing of the Wakanda invasion. It's not until he sees people turning to dust that he realizes he's dealing with something a lot bigger and needs help.