Is Captain Marvel A Secret Reboot of the MCU?
A conspiracy theory by Carmelo Chimera
Alright Neo, get ready to pop the red pill because I have a theory for you: Captain Marvel is a soft reboot of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
GASP! What do I mean by that? Am I suggesting Marvel is going to rewrite 10 years and billions of dollars of movie franchises? Or am I being sensational for clickbait?
Well, if you know me you know I have a taste for the theatrical but I think clickbait is Internet trash so strap in for my theory.
I’m So Excited, And I Just Can’t Hide It
Let me first say, I could not be more excited for Captain Marvel. I want two things out of Captain Marvel when I sit down with 1800 calories of Icee at my local AMC this Friday:
- I want to feel inspired.
- I want to see Carol Danvers WRECK.
That means flying through space, blowing @(%^@!# up, and just generally being a bad-ass while simultaneously making me believe I can be a better man. I married the last person who checked all those boxes, so if Captain Marvel delivers I’ll be a happy camper.
But as reviews started dropping today, I realized something: Captain Marvel isn’t just coming to save us from Thanos (please save us from Thanos). She’s coming to save the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
I’d love to whip out my white board and breakdown all the threads, but the math suggests I only have your attention for about fifteen more seconds, So here’s my 4 point breakdown of how Captain Marvel is going to save the MCU with a soft reboot.
1. The Marvel Cinematic Universe Is A Victim Of Its Own Success
When Nick Fury first showed up at the end of Iron Man, I spit my drink out. I’d heard it was coming, but seeing is believing. That little cameo led to 10 years, over 20 movies, and billions and billions of dollars.
Comic Book movies are a refined, distilled version of over 75 years of continuity. It leads to streamlined stories that are accessible to new viewers. Then, by building a connected shared universe, Marvel could tell longer, more complex stories featuring more characters then a series of random one off movies ever could (*cough*, DC, *cough*). And it was a huge success by almost any metric.
But then, something happened. 10 years went by. 20 movies of origins, deaths, shifting alliances, and more. The MCU started as a streamlined continuity for new viewers. Now? It’s got its own rich mythology – and it could be daunting for the average viewer trying to keep up.
It gets worse – with the new Disney streaming service bringing us shows about Loki, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Falcon, and Winter Soldier (and that’s just for starters), all set to take place at different times around the MCU, things are only getting worse.
The MCU needs a new jumping on point. And Captain Marvel is going to do that by taking us back in time.
2. Captain Marvel Gives Us A New Beginning
This movie isn’t just the next chapter of the MCU. In fact, it’s the opposite – we’re going back in time (it’s been well established by reviews and trailers that this is a 90s period piece, so I do not consider this spoilers). I think it’s a new beginning.
Captain America established that the MCU has been building for decades, and grounded the stories that would follow in Cap’s origins during World War II and the fallout of years after (see: Winter Soldier). But now, Captain Marvel is going to give us a new temporal anchor: the 90s.
It was thirty years ago now. And it’s nostalgic to most fans. And it’s a lot less to keep track of then going back to World War II.
I’m not saying the events of the MCU between Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain Marvel didn’t happen. I’m just saying, there won’t be a need to reference back to them anymore.