Why Marvel Pulled Captain Marvel Out Of Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron has already begun screening for the press, and early buzz pegs this as Marvel’s most ambitious yet thrilling effort yet. But the big question is whether or not we’ll be getting our first look at the MCU’s Captain Marvel. As rumor had it, Carol Danvers was originally part of the sequel’s script, but after development went on she was cut out. Now, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has spoken up about the subject and the decision to not include her in Age of Ultron.  

In an interview with MTV News, in which he reveals a whole slew of Marvel Phase 3 tidbits, Feige admitted that Danvers was supposed to make her first appearance in Whedon’s sequel, but circumstances changed. 

We didn’t want to introduce her fully-formed flying in a costume before you got to know who she was and how she came to be.

Although Whedon said that there will be no post-credits scene in Age of Ultron, there would still be one of those signature Marvel mid-credits stingers that tease what’s coming down the road. Given the buzz around this particular rumor, it seemed like Captain Marvel could pop up in this format. However, we can all now rest easy that she will get a more extensive introduction in the MCU. 

In revealing this, Feige also debunked another rumor that had been making the rounds: Captain Marvel has not secretly been cast. Another product of the Marvel rumor mill suggested that Marvel already had someone picked out and was just waiting for the right opportunity to unveil her. However, Feige stated that they are in the early stages of casting and that the priority right now is to find writers. Watch his full discussion on the subject with MTV News below.

While I’m sure some Marvelites would’ve loved to marvel at a Captain Marvel cameo in the next Avengers movie, I’m personally glad Marvel is offering this character a proper introduction. There was talk a while ago that Marvel was done giving their characters origin stories. While Feige implied that the MCU’s new Spider-Man wouldn’t be getting one — as he teased, there’s already a masked teen web-slinging around town that we just haven’t met yet — Captain Marvel is only the third major female superhero we’ll be getting from these films. Since fans rallied around Black Widow, the comic book movie giant has felt the pressure to include a larger female presence. We're getting Scarlet Witch with Age of Ultron, but Danvers deserves more than a seconds-long popover. 

Captain Marvel is slated to hit theaters on November 2, 2018. We’ll be keeping our ears to the ground for when we might be getting our first look.