Even in his weakened state, it’s going to be very, very difficult for the surviving Avengers to defeat Thanos in the upcoming Avengers 4. Luckily, they’ll be joined by Captain Marvel, who apparently is so powerful that “she can move planets,” according to actress Brie Larson. That essentially makes her the most powerful hero in the MCU, full stop.
Larson, who will make her debut as Captain Marvel in the hero’s self-titled film, due out in March of next year, talked about the character’s power level in a red carpet interview with E!.
“She’s so strong. She can move planets!” Larson said of the hero when asked what it was like filming such a big blockbuster. “So, to me, it’s like how far can I go with this strength?”
As an actor, Larson was likely bringing up Captain Marvel’s immense power to illustrate one of the potential difficulties of embodying such a character. Liken it to complaints that Superman is a “boring” character because he’s too powerful. At a certain point, power levels can make a character hard to relate to — are they a person, or a super-strong plot device?
“Her powers are off the charts, and when she’s introduced, she will be by far the strongest character we’ve ever had,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said of Captain Marvel back in 2016, an early sign that the hero was going to be bonkers strong. But, he was also very aware of the possible pitfalls involved with such a powerful hero, and said that Larson would give Carol Danvers the grounding she needs to resonate with audiences.
“It’s important, then, to counterbalance that with someone who feels real. She needs to have a humanity to tap into, and Brie can do that” he said.
What do Larson’s comments mean within the fiction of the MCU? Well, if she’s not exaggerating, and Captain Marvel can literally move planets, then Thanos is about to get fucked right up.
Captain Marvel opens on March 8, 2019.