(Warning: The following contains potential - albeit entirely speculative - plot SPOILERS for 2019's Captain Marvel solo movie, as well as actual ones for several recent Marvel comic-books. Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests is wise...)
Now, with the Marvel Cinematic Universe practically boiling over with fan-favorite superheroes, the next few years are likely going to prove to be something of a logistical challenge for Marvel Studios. After all, there are a whole lot of new heroes on their way, and only so many movies in which to both introduce them and give our old favorites some screen time. Knowing Marvel, that process will likely involve a whole lot of long-term planning... and more than a few cunningly positioned cameos. And, so, it seemed about time to look into the distant future (2019, to be precise) and to ask:
Could Captain Marvel Recruit These Heroes To Cameo Alongside Brie Larson?
Captain Marvel is, after all, one of the tougher nuts to crack when it comes to MCU-related guesswork. With Carol Danvers' solo movie still the best part of three years away, and her origin story set to be somewhat altered, working out just who'll appear alongside the newly-cast Brie Larson in the film is a little tricky, especially compared to the already firmly cast Doctor Strange and Black Panther solo movies.
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Here, though, are five heroes whose appearances in the film could well make a whole lot of sense - even at this distance. First up?
5. The Falcon
Now, Sam 'The Falcon' Wilson and Carol Danvers may not have a whole lot of shared comic-book history - the two haven't had a whole lot of cause to crossover before the past few years - but that doesn't mean that The Falcon won't make a whole lot of sense as a supporting character in Danvers' solo movie. After all, he's one of a relatively small number of military-affiliated heroes still operating in the MCU, and with the Captain America franchise currently lacking an immediate sequel, Sam Wilson might just need a new series to continue being awesome in.
Plus, Anthony Mackie (who plays Wilson) just seems to love being in Marvel movies, so there's every chance he's already angling for a role, plot-requirements-be-damned.
Next up, though?
4. Jessica Jones
If you're a fan of snarky yet supportive on-screen friendships, then this one's really a slam-dunk. The comic-book Jones and Danvers are old friends, and have a long history of having one another's backs at key moments. Giving Krysten Ritter a supporting role in Captain Marvel, then, could well be a perfect way to both bring the Netflix star into the mainstream MCU... and to tie Danvers into the overarching Marvel mythos in a subtle, fan-pleasing way. Captain Marvel has long been defined by her strong relationships with her friends, and it'd be a shame to end that run now - especially when Ritter's snark game is so strong.
Another option, though?
3. Doctor Strange
Now, while Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange have teamed up over the years, the two haven't exactly been closely aligned within the comic-books - but that doesn't mean that they won't be in the MCU. With Danvers and Strange looking likely to be two pillars of Marvel's new lead quartet (along with Black Panther and Spider-Man), there's every chance that their interactions in Phase Three will help to define Phase Four when it emerges in the early 2020's. A jump start in Danvers' solo movie (perhaps in the form of a post-credits cameo teasing the formation of a new super-team?) could well be on the cards... especially if Avengers: Infinity War leaves the MCU lacking an Avengers team that we would recognize as such.
2. The Wasp
Now, there's inevitably a temptation to through the likes of She-Hulk, Squirrel Girl or Kamala 'Ms. Marvel' Khan in to the list, on the hopes that wishing for their presence in the MCU will make it so - but sadly there's no guarantee that we'll see any of the trio in Phase Three. Instead, then, there's a solid possibility that we could see Evangeline Lilly's Hope Van Dyne, a.k.a. The Wasp, turn up in Captain Marvel as a supporting hero, much as The Falcon did back in Ant-Man. Van Dyne is, after all, set to star in the MCU movie arriving immediately before Captain Marvel, making the possibility of a link between the two characters greater than it might otherwise be. A scientific liaison to Danvers' military training program, perhaps?
1. War Machine
Now, considering the twenty-five year age gap between Don 'War Machine' Cheadle (born 1964) and Brie 'Captain Marvel' Larson (born 1989), it seems relatively safe to assume that Rhodes and Danvers' comic-book romance won't be making it to the MCU, but with the pair's recent comic-book involvement having produced some fundamentally lovely moments...
...it would be a shame if the pair didn't get to be (OK, fine, mildly flirtatious) friends on the big screen. What's more, with Rhodey having a similar Air Force background to the comic-book Danvers, there's every reason to think that there'd be room for him in an even mildly-faithful adaptation of her origin story. What's more, if Captain Marvel is ultimately intended to help replace the Iron Man franchise in the MCU, it surely wouldn't hurt to transfer over a key supporting player from Marvel's most iconic solo series.
Plus, Rhodey opens up the possibility of a post-credits Tony Stark cameo, and you know what that means...
What do you reckon, though? Who would you most like to see cameo (or co-star) alongside Brie Larson in Captain Marvel? Let us know below!