Since “Avengers: Infinity War” was first announced, Captain Marvel has been a crucial part of the formula.
The Russo Brothers, who are directing the movie, have spoken on multiple occasions about the important role that Captain Marvel will play in the film. Brie Larson, who will play the character, was definitely on set last year during the mammoth filming process for the movie.
Apparently, though, Larson is no longer in the film. According to Screen Rant, Captain Marvel has been cut entirely from the movie, for reasons that aren’t particularly clear.
So why would the Russo Brothers cut one of the film’s central characters? A hero that they’ve been excited, from the start, to get to introduce in this movie?
The most logical explanation is that there simply isn’t time in the film. “Infinity War” is going to see a huge number of established characters thrown together, and with the Guardians of the Galaxy, two teams of Avengers, Wakanda’s various heroes, and Doctor Strange’s buddies all vying for attention, it’s easy to see why there might not be a lot of room for anyone else.
It was always something of a miracle that the Russo Brothers found an organic way to shoehorn Spider-Man into “Captain America: Civil War”, and it makes sense that the same thing isn’t possible in a much more crowded film.
Besides, “Infinity War” and “Avengers 4” have been in production simultaneously, and by all accounts, the second of these movies will contain a lot of the same elements as the first. It’s possible that, looking at things in the edit room, Marvel’s higher ups decided that it made more sense to move Brie Larson’s character to the second of the two movies.
It’s also worth noting that this means that Captain Marvel will now debut in her own film, rather than appearing for the first time in “Infinity War”. As “Captain Marvel” will be a prequel, perhaps this means keeping a lot of elements of her story a secret so that “Infinity War” doesn’t inadvertently spoil her origin.
Captain Marvel has been described many times as the most powerful superhero in the MCU. Perhaps her presence in “Infinity War” would have deflated the movie’s peril a little bit, or perhaps her inability to instantly save the day would have made her seem less capable.
If this is the case, we can only hope that her role in “Avengers 4” doesn’t involve swooping down at the last minute and serving as a deus ex machina to defeat Thanos when all other superheroes have failed to do so. That’d be a pretty lame way to end the current iteration of the MCU.
Whatever’s happening here, it seems that Marvel has a plan. It’s just a shame that this plan involved delaying Captain Marvel’s big screen debut yet again, as the character has been pushed back over and over since she was originally slated to appear in “Avengers: Age of Ultron”.
It’s almost as if someone at Marvel is afraid of letting too many girls into the treehouse. We’re all looking at you, Kevin Feige!