You might still be in shock following the ending of Avengers: Infinity War, but hope is on the way in the form of Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson. Reportedly a ’90s-set period piece exploring the character’s origin story, the movie is poised to answer a few of the questions left dangling by Infinity War’s post-credits scene, which seems to imply that a certain cosmically powered blonde Air Force pilot will be showing up in Avengers 4 to turn the tide of battle against Thanos.
It’s worth wondering how any new superhero can beat back Thanos after the Mad Titan took down the Hulk and Thor (not to mention just about every other Avenger), so for the curious, we’ve combed through decades of comics and months of interviews to find out just how powerful Captain Marvel really is. From her superpowers to her intergalactic political prowess, here are the ways Captain Marvel could win the war against Thanos in Avengers 4.
A Marvel-ous power set
In the comics, Captain Marvel is one of the heaviest hitters in the Marvel Universe. During Infinity, one of the Thanos-centric storylines that inspired Avengers: Infinity War, Carol Danvers is part of the team of Avengers that attacks Thanos and his Black Order on Earth, fighting alongside Hulk, Thor, and Hyperion — basically Marvel’s equivalent to Superman. That’s a powerful group, and Captain Marvel is as strong as any of them.
Beyond her super strength, flight, and energy blasts, she can also absorb energy as diverse as antimatter from Blue Marvel (one of the other Superman analogues in Marvel) or magic (in a Doctor Strange team-up). Much like Chumbawumba, Captain Marvel gets knocked down, but gets back up again, usually two, three, or even four times as strong. Thanos might be tough, but this will be the first time he’ll face someone onscreen who gets stronger the more power he throws at her.