One MCU newcomer now shares abilities with Captain Marvel, which could pose a problem if the new hero is involved in Phase 5’s upcoming The Marvels.
- The upcoming film The Marvels may face a plot hole issue due to the entanglement of the trio’s powers, which includes Carol Danvers, Teyonah Parris, and Iman Vellani’s characters.
- Emilia Clarke’s character G’iah, who possesses similar powers to Captain Marvel, should be included in The Marvels to avoid this plot hole and maintain consistency.
- While Clarke’s involvement hasn’t been confirmed, her character’s abilities being artificially obtained could explain her absence and highlight the distinction between her powers and those of the other heroes.
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After the introduction of a new MCU hero with powers similar to Captain Marvel’s, Marvel Studios’ upcoming The Marvels could be facing a major plot hole problem. Brie Larson debuted as Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, in 2019’s eponymous Phase 3 film, leading into her involvement in Avengers: Endgame, though there are still huge periods of Captain Marvel’s MCU timeline that haven’t been explored. Set to release on November 10, 2023, Captain Marvel’s sequel The Marvels is expected to reveal more about Danvers’ backstory, and will also see the cosmic hero team up with Monica Rambeau and Kamala Khan in battle against a new villain, Zawe Ashton’s Dar-Benn.
Trailers for The Marvels have revealed that Dar-Benn has entangled the abilities of Larson’s Captain Marvel, Teyonah Parris’ Photon, and Iman Vellani’s Ms. Marvel, meaning that every time they use their light-based abilities, the trio switch places. This will create a brilliant group dynamic in The Marvels, and allow Larson to play a weakness in her otherwise all-powerful Captain Marvel. However, the fact that the trio’s powers have been entangled because they’re all so similar creates a plot hole if one Phase 5 newcomer isn’t included in the action, as 2023’s Secret Invasion saw one new hero be enhanced with Danvers’ Infinity Stone-infused abilities.
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The Marvels’ Power-Swapping Should Include G’iah After Secret Invasion
Despite becoming one of the MCU’s lowest-rated projects, Phase 5’s Secret Invasion set up some major storylines for the franchise’s future, including introducing Emilia Clarke’s G’iah to the MCU. G’iah was revealed to be the daughter of former Skrull General Talos, who appeared in Captain Marvel and Secret Invasion, and throughout the series, she became enhanced by the mysterious Super-Skrull machine. Initially, this only included samples from Guardian of the Galaxy Groot, Thor: The Dark World’s Frost Beast, Iron Man 3’s Extremis, and Black Order member Cull Obsidian, but G’iah was later enhanced with the DNA of many prominent MCU heroes, including Captain Marvel herself.
After being infused with the DNA from Nick Fury’s Harvest in Secret Invasion, G’iah had access to many different abilities, but perhaps the most coveted was Carol Danvers’ cosmic powers. The fact that G’iah now has the same abilities as Captain Marvel means that she would be a perfect fit for The Marvels, and since Dar-Benn has entangled the light-based powers of Danvers, Rambeau, and Khan because of how similar they are, G’iah should also be included, as to do otherwise could look like a plot hole otherwise.
Will G’iah Appear In The Marvels?
Emilia Clarke hasn’t yet been confirmed to be returning as G’iah in any future MCU projects, though the potential for her new super-powerful character is almost limitless, meaning it’s likely she’ll make a comeback. Clarke is a stronger actor than Secret Invasion’s criticism gave her credit for, so it’s unlikely Marvel Studios will want to lose her after appearing in only one series. Secret Invasion’s finale teased a team-up between G’iah and Olivia Colman’s high-ranking MI6 agent Sonya Falsworth, hinting at a future for both actors in the MCU, but whether this occurs in The Marvels or in another upcoming (or unannounced) project is unclear.
Throughout Secret Invasion, G’iah did build a strong bond with Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, even to the point of masquerading as the former Director of SHIELD for the final showdown against Kingsley Ben-Adir’s villainous Gravik. Nick Fury is set to reappear in The Marvels aboard the SABER Space Station, and is expected to aid Carol Danvers, Monica Rambeau, and Kamala Khan in their mysterious mission. Fury’s return certainly makes G’iah’s reappearance possible, as he could enlist the help of the MCU’s newest, and perhaps most powerful, hero, but there has been no sign of G’iah in The Marvels’ trailers, and no word from Marvel Studios.
How The Marvels Can Explain Its G’iah Plot Hole
If G’iah isn’t involved in The Marvels in any capacity, this creates a major plot hole in the MCU, as her new abilities mean she would realistically be included in Dar-Benn’s power entanglement on the three main heroes. However, this could be explained as G’iah having received her abilities artificially, potentially discounting her. G’iah’s abilities were injected into her by the Super-Skrull machine, while Carol Danvers, Monica Rambeau, and Kamala Khan all received their abilities by being exposed to different energies. This hints at a different, more innate kind of connection to their powers for the three heroes in The Marvels, which would be a clear separation from G’iah’s Harvest enhancement.
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