Following Carol Danvers’ introduction in her solo movie and her later appearance in Avengers: Endgame, it’s clear that the heroine has an incredible skill set that makes her a formidable opponent for cosmic villains across the galaxy. But where should Captain Marvel 2 take Carol Danvers and who should she face? The goal for Marvel Studios at this point should be to flesh out Danvers as her own character, especially since she spent most of the first film struggling with her real identity. Plus, audiences only got to see a snippet of her lovably sarcastic self in her brief role in Avengers: Endgame. The Captain Marvel sequel needs to expand the wider universe that the Avengers live in and tease the threats that are waiting to strike in a future ensemble movie.
During Avengers: Endgame, Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers mentions, “I’m covering a lot of territory, the things that are happening on Earth, are happening everywhere,” which means she’s multitasking a bunch of galactic threats while the Avengers try and keep the pieces of the world together. So the villain in Captain Marvel 2 should be someone who’s seized the opportunity in the power vacuum that Thanos left behind when he snapped out half the universe. They also need to carry enough weight to give Carol enough room to throw about those glowing fists of hers. Enter Annihilus and the Annihilation Wave.
Quick history lesson: Annihilus is an insect-like warrior from the Negative Zone, who leads an intimidating number of ships in his fleet, known as the Annihilation Wave. The creature has had a paranoid obsession with survival ever since his creation back in 1968, causing him to use his fleet to wipe out entire star systems and races so that he’s the dominant force in the Universe.
After the ramifications of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, that motive fits perfectly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although the villain has gone up against members of the Guardians of the Galaxy in comics like Annihilation, putting him and his armada of ships in Captain Marvel 2 offers the drastic need for Carol Danvers’ intimdating powers. Plus, defending down-trodden alien races is definitely part of Carol’s M.O. — just look at how quickly she helped the Skrulls. In fact, if the Annihilation Wave threatens the Skrulls’ new home-world, that would perfectly serve as Carol’s emotional motivation to take the fight to Annihilus.
There’s already scope to introduce new heroes in the sequel, since a main character from the Annihilation series was the Richard Rider version of Nova, a hero that Marvel fans have wanted to see appear in the MCU since the first Guardians of the Galaxy. Instead of simply murdering Annihilus like he does by the end of the comic run by Keith Giffen, it’d be great to see Carol Danvers inspiring Rider back into action after Thanos decimated Xandar and the Nova Corps in search of the Power Stone.
Since Captain Marvel 2 will likely focus on the cosmic side of the universe, it makes sense that it will introduces more heroes to defend the galaxy, especially since the third Guardians film is expected to be the last film featuring that roster of rogues. The Annihilation series also saw Annihilus imprison Galactus, using his power to attempt to wipe out all life in the universe. With many fans speculating that the World Eater could threaten the MCU in a later film, teasing his power by using him as a plot device in Captain Marvel 2 could inspire a thousand fan-theories.
Let’s not forget that the first film already teased the arrival of another hero that took on the Captain Marvel mantle in the comics with Monica Rambeau. Although she’s introduced as a young girl in the first film, if the sequel takes place in the present timeline of the series, she’d be old enough to get her own powers and suit up alongside her childhood hero. Interestingly, Teyonah Parris was cast as an adult version of Monica Rambeau in the Disney Plus WandaVision series.
And since S.W.O.R.D. agents were also spotted on the set of the series, it wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine that Monica Rambeau might have some powers of her own by the time Captain Marvel 2 rolls around. Rambeau’s taken on a number of different titles over the years, but it would only be right to take on the one used for her mother’s callsign as a pilot: Photon. Just picture the duo teaming up to fight the Annihilation Wave while Carol teasingly uses Monica’s childhood nickname, Lieutenant Trouble. Perfect Marvel comedy. The dynamic between the two could make Carol realize that she’s needed on Earth a little more often, spurring her on to develop better relationships with her Avengers team-mates, while also offering the opportunity to explore her family life a little more.
Since Captain Marvel was Marvel Studios’ first female-led solo film, Brie Larson deserves a bigger and better sequel that truly lets Carol shine for the whole film. While her brief appearance in Avengers: Endgame was great (and the way she took down Thanos’ ship was undoubtedly impressive), Carol Danvers has so much more potential.