After Marvel broke the internet yesterday with the announcement of their entire Phase 3 lineup of films though 2019, we were not only left to consider how Infinity War and Civil War will play out, but how a handful of brand new characters will factor into the MCU.
Among those new characters: Black Panther, Doctor Strange, the Inhumans, and the Carol Danvers iteration of Captain Marvel.
Since most of these heroes might not have been on the mainstream radar yet, we’re here to give you a crash course on these newest additions, and open the fan-casting floodgates.
Carol Danvers first appeared in the Marvel universe back in the late 1960s but went by the alias, Ms. Marvel. It is actually not until 2012 that Carol starts using her current alias, Captain Marvel. Carol taking on the alias of Captain Marvel is a nod to Kree soldier, Captain Mar-Vell. Carol got her superpowers when she was involved in an explosion of a Kree device, which then altered her DNA, making her half-kree half-superhuman!
Danvers has served in the US Air Force, the Chief of Security at NASA, an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D, oh and editor of Woman Magazine. In the 2014 reboot of Captain Marvel, which I think is safe to assume what they will model the movie after, Carol is working with the Avengers (mainly Ironman) and living in the Statue of Liberty. Ironman sends her on a mission to create an Avenger presence in space. Danvers has pretty much popped up in every Marvel storyline, though she has a close relationship with The Avengers, X-Men, and now Guardians of the Galaxy.
Powers/Abilities: Carol is a superhuman so anything a human can do she does it super-y. She also has the ability to fly. She is able to absorb and blast energy. Bottom line, Carol Danvers is AMAZING!
Major Villains: Danvers has had tiffs with Mystique and Rogue but since Marvel Studios do not own the rights to X-Men, I guess we will have to wait and see who the villain will be. The villain can be pretty much anyone or thing that messes with the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Fantasy Cast: Here at AGtM we have two different dream casting. Kait would like to see Candice Accola (The Vampire Diaries) where Tricia is hoping for Emily Blunt.
Black Panther, who goes by T’Challa in his off hours, is notable for being the first african american superhero ever in a comics publication. Now he’s continuing that tradition by being the first POC hero to headline his own film in the MCU (the first POC hero overall is still, unfortunately, Hancock).
The title is actually one given to the chieftain of the Panther tribe in the African nation of Wakanda. T’Challa himself, though descended from a line of Black Panthers, earns the title by defeating several challengers. T’Challa is intelligent and a skilled fighter, proving himself able to protect his people and their country from outsiders. He is also heavily associated with The Avengers and with Daredevil, and he actually marries Storm (though this is unlikely for the movies, since Disney does not have the rights to the X-Men).
Powers/Abilities: Black Panther himself has no powers, but through a connection with a variety of Panther deities is given enhanced senses, strength, and a resistance to magic.
Major Villains: White Wolf, Klaw, Killmonger
Fantasy Cast: Chadwick Boseman has already been announced as T’Challa, but there’s still room for a supporting cast. Raw Leiba was also rumored a few years ago as a possible casting choice for Killmonger.
Doctor Strange made his first appearance in the Marvel Comic world in the early 1960s and was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Doctor Strange acts as the protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats.
Doctor Stephen Strange was a promising and self-absorbed neurosurgeon until he gets in a car accident, which damages his hands. Strange embarks on a journey in search of a way to restore his hands but ends up finding nothing. He ends up performing “back alley” procedures for money, until one day when he locates the Ancient One. After saving the Ancient One’s life from Baron Mordo, the Ancient One teaches Doctor Strange the mystic arts. Doctor Strange is mostly associated with his own story lines but has been known to help out the Avengers.
Powers/Abilities: Doctor Strange may not be some demi god or alien hybrid but he is a genius, skilled neurosurgeon, master of magic, and knows martial arts.
Major Villains: The film will most likely feature Baron Mordo. Another notable villain is Dormammu.
Fantasy Cast: We reported earlier this week that Benedict Cumberbatch is in final negotiations to play the magical superhero. As much as I love seeing Cumberbatch everywhere (sarcasm), Joaquin Phoenix or Johnny Depp would have been my top choices.
Marvel heads back out into space for this new installment, where we will be introduced to the race of aliens calls Inhumans. They were actually created after the alien Kree race decided to experiment on early humans, and they went on to form their own society after the experiments went wrong and the Inhumans destroyed the Kree Supreme Intelligence. The Inhumans go on to become an advanced society who, through experiments with Terrigen Mist, develop a wide array of abilities.
Since the Inhumans are technically an entire race of people, there’s a good chance the film will focus on the Inhuman royal family (or a smaller set). These include Black Bolt, Medusa, Karnak, Gorgon, Triton, Krystal, Maximus the Mad, and Lockjaw (their dog, because why not?). I’m going to go out on a limb and say they’ll probably limit the cast to just the first four (plus, Krystal?), and maybe the dog. They are mostly associated with themselves, but also the Fantastic Four (which is owned by FOX), the Avengers, and the X-Men.
Powers/Abilities: Longevity and enhanced physical abilities compared to a regular human. All enhanced, of course, by exposure to the Terrigen Mist. Black Bolt, specifically, is unable to speak because his voice is so powerful it can level buildings.
Major Villains: 10 to 1 odds they use Maximus as the main villain, much like Loki in Thor.
Fantasy Cast: Vin Diesel’s name has been thrown around a bit as a possibility for Black Bolt. That could be good, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they go with someone more unknown (and who isn’t already playing a Marvel character).