Captain Marvel: The Biggest Questions We Have After Seeing The Movie
By Meg Downey on
We've got plenty of things to ponder before Endgame.
If the last ten years have proven anything about the MCU, it's that it is extremely good at playing things close to the chest. Aspects of the film that may seem tiny and insignificant, one moment, wind up unfurling into whole plot points the next, and there's always something unexpected around every corner. And with Avengers: Endgame just over the horizon, there stakes for those mysteries is higher than ever.
Captain Marvel may not be set in the modern day, but it did provide all sorts of interesting things to think about in terms of the MCU's future, both immediately approaching Endgame and beyond. So naturally, we found ourselves asking a bunch of questions. Some of them have answers we found in the comics, others, not so much. Almost all of them contain spoilers of some kind, so please, watch your step.
And after you've sent yourself into a curiosity spiral with these, go check out some of our other Captain Marvel-adjacent MCU news. We've got a massive list of Easter eggs and references you probably missed, a breakdown of the new Skrulls, and a scene-by-scene analysis of those post-credits stingers for you to help fuel any conspiracy theories to make the wait to April 26 a little more bearable.
Why are some Kree blue?
There's actually a pretty decent answer to this one, thanks to the comics, and it has everything to do with the Kree obsession with genetics. As a society, the Kree practice selective breeding and crossbreeding to produce the strongest offspring, which means there are "pureblood" Kree, who have blue skin--like Minn-Erva--and Kree with other genetics that are not blue. Typically, the pureblood Kree are actually weaker than other Kree, but maintain a sense of status and pride thanks to their bloodlines.
Of course, we don't actually know if this logic translates from the comics to the MCU since none of the Kree appearances so far have really dealt with the whole eugenics angle of Kree culture just yet. There's a pretty good chance it may never come up.
What's the story with Project PEGASUS?
Mar-Vell had been working with Project PEGASUS, a joint effort between SHIELD and the US Air Force, to study the tesseract, but we know that she had been secretly trying to develop a way to help the Skrulls escape Kree rule. This begs all sorts of questions about Project PEGASUS's programs and results--what sort of applications did the program see for Mar-Vell's inventions? Who else was working on the program? What did they find? Is there something buried in their archives that could help in Endgame?
Where are all the Skrulls?
Talos mentions that there are many, many more Skrulls scattered throughout the galaxy--which, all things considered, is probably true. But we have to wonder: where are they? What have they been doing? The MCU's Skrulls are pretty drastically different from their comics counterparts in that they don't seem to have any real interest in conquering worlds or destabilizing governments--but that doesn't mean they don't have an agenda of some kind. Also, we know at least Talos and his crew were escorted somewhere by Carol, so where did they go? Was she successful in finding them a new home?
What can Skrulls turn into?
There's a throwaway gag where Fury asks Talos if he can turn into any number of inorganic objects or animals to which Talos quickly replies he doesn't understand why he would ever want to.
In the comics, Skrulls actually can turn into just about anything--animals, lamps, whatever you can think of, within some arbitrary limits of size and shape (c'mon, we have to at least sort of pretend that matter conservation still holds true for aliens) but it's pretty debatable whether or not that particular brand of ridiculousness will ever show up in the MCU.
Did Wakanda notice the Kree attack?
We know thanks to the first moments of Black Panther that Wakanda had active War Dog programs throughout the world in the 90s, which makes us wonder if any of them just so happened to notice all the explosions in the sky the day the Kree accusers very nearly destroyed the Earth. It certainly seems like something Wakanda would want to catalogue and be aware of.
Did anyone notice the Kree attack?
Speaking of the Kree almost destroying Earth--did anybody notice? There were a whole bunch of major explosions that day, and sure, they may have been over the desert, but, people have eyes. Somebody had to have seen something, right? Is Project PEGASUS just the MCU's version of Area 51? Was there some sort of weird "it was a weather balloon" cover-up put out in the aftermath?
Why didn't Nick call Carol in for the Battle of New York?
The question on everyone's minds is a real doozy. Why didn't Nick call Carol in sooner, if he had the pager on him since 1995? Sure, Iron Man and Thor may not have gone up against anything truly cataclysmic, but Loki's invasion of New York almost had the whole city nuked by the government. That certainly seems like something they could have used Carol to stop. Tony Stark almost died for the cause, and all Nick had to do was send a text.
What has Carol actually been doing since 1995?
Carol left Earth with the Skrulls to help find them a new home, so is that what she's been doing for the last decade? Has she been fighting the Kree? Rounding up refugees? What, exactly, kept her away from Earth for so long? We know that if she was fighting the Kree, she left Ronan alive to ally himself with Thanos during Guardians of the Galaxy, but that doesn't mean she wasn't after him. Or does it? We can't be sure, but we definitely want to know.
What happened to Yon-Rogg?
Carol left Yon-Rogg alive and sent him back to Hala--but what happened to him after that? In the comics, being defeated in battle is one of the biggest disgraces a Kree warrior can endure, so there's a chance he returned home and was executed for his weakness--but since that particular cultural quirk was never really, explicitly established in the MCU, there's a chance it was only his pride that really took any damage. If that's the case, what has he been up to since '95 and are we looking at a potential return somewhere down the line? After all, if Carol hasn't really aged in the past decade, he probably hasn't either (assuming he's alive at all, that is.)