Spoilers for all works set prior to Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame are unmarked.
Appearances: The Avengers | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Captain America: Civil War | Avengers: Infinity War | Captain Marvel | Avengers: Endgame
A team of powerful superheroes assembled with the purpose to protect the world from inner or extra-terrestrial threats. They were first assembled by Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D., when Loki invaded Earth with his Chitauri army to conquer the planet. Following the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D., Tony Stark worked to fill the void left by the organization's collapse and support the Avengers through Stark Industries. New members joined the team in Age of Ultron and Infinity War.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: The Avengers in this universe are formed by S.H.I.E.L.D. instead of starting on their own like in the original comics. This itself is more in line with the Ultimate Marvel version of the team, The Ultimates.
- The Alliance: They become this for the end fight in Endgame, joining up what remains of the original roster and its expansion with The Remnant of Asgard, the military of Wakanda, the Ravagers, Doctor Stranges sorcerous allies, and The Guardians Of The Galaxy, all united by one purpose: kickin the ass of Thanos and his armies
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Happens to all their three bases:
- In The Avengers (2012), where the team originate as a S.H.I.E.L.D. subsidiary and as such claim the Helicarrier as their base, it gets infiltrated by Loki as a trojan prisoner, and then a possessed Barton who infiltrates, destroys and damages the Helicarrier, killing many agents including Coulson in the ensuing attack.
- In Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Avengers operate out of Stark Tower which comes to be called Avengers Tower in the middle of New York City. Ultron, Tony and Bruce's AI "suit of armor" goes rogue and attacks the team, escaping, significantly damaging their base and sending them on the run. At the end, the Avengers move to a new factory-like compound outside the city, still in New York State, with their experiences with Ultron and later Sokovia making them aware of the risk of having a military target in the middle of a populated area.
- In Avengers: Endgame, an alternate version of Thanos from another timeline returns to the 2023 present of the Avengers with his full force. His attack and subsequent battle thoroughly destroys the Avengers compound, leaving nothing but a blasted heath and a smoky crater.
- Arch-Enemy: To Thanos. They're his biggest threat to his plan to kill off half the universe.
- Badass Crew: A team of the greatest heroes on the planet. The Avengers have managed to stop a full-scale alien invasion of Earth, defeated a Hydra stronghold (which is stated to not be their first), and prevented the crazed robot Ultron from destroying all life on Earth despite Ultron's robot army.
- Bash Brothers:
- Captain America, a man of nobility, kindness, and courage, is a human whom Thor has come to regard as an equal; most tellingly when he offers his hand to help him up during the Battle of Manhattan.
- Iron Man and Captain America, after earning each other's respect through fighting side by side. Steve represents the idealism and nobility that Tony has since lost, but deep down still respects and wishes to have again.
- In The Avengers, Widow clearly has had this dynamic with Hawkeye for however long they've worked together, as shown in the movie's final battle and the footage from a previous mission.
- Captain America and Black Widow, as seen as the end of The Avengers and cemented through The Winter Soldier; they work really well together against the bad guys.
- In the final act of Age of Ultron, Thor becomes this with fellow Avenger Vision, partly thanks to the fact that the other hero is worthy to lift Mjölnir. Considering their personalities, it also qualifies as an Odd Friendship.
- In Civil War, Steve teams up with Bucky, repeating their fighting dynamic from the first movie. As a team, they manage to just barely defeat Iron Man in a two-on-one battle, though it costs Bucky his metal arm and earns both men a decent beating before they finally stop him.
- A major element of Thor: Ragnarok is Thor developing into this with the Hulk.
- Breaking the Fellowship: By the end of Age of Ultron, over half the founders have either gone into hiding (Hulk), retired (Iron Man, Hawkeye), or have left to pursue more pressing matters elsewhere (Thor), with only Natasha and Steve staying to head up a new team. It actually gets worse at the end of Civil War, as not only are Thor and Hulk still missing, Clint, Steve and the majority of the New Avengers are now fugitives from the law, Natasha is on the run and has disappeared to parts unknown, and Rhodey has been left paralyzed and busy re-learning how to walk, leaving Tony and Vision as the only Avengers still standing. That's not even getting into how the events of Civil War have affected the personal relationships of the various members of both teams. Endgame takes this even farther. By the end, all of the original members except Hulk are either dead or retired.Thor: I don't hang with the Avengers anymore. It all got too corporate.
- The Cape: World renowned heroes with bright color-schemes and public personas that save people and stop cataclysmic villains. Their reputations took a big hit after Age of Ultron and Civil War, but they are still idolized by most people.
- Chromatic Arrangement: In the merch. The Phase I heroes are Iron Man (red), Captain America (blue), Hulk (green), and Thor (yellow). If the rest need Color-Coded Characters, Black Widow is black, and Hawkeye is purple.
- Combination Attack: Ever since the their first movie together, the Avengers have occasionally combined their respective techniques to perform powerful attacks. Notable examples include:
- Iron Man firing a beam at Captain America's shield, reflecting the beam into a couple of Mooks approaching from behind Iron Man.
- Thor hammering Cap's shield to create a powerful shockwave. While the first time was accidental, further uses have shown the two becoming proficient enough to direct said shockwave in a particular direction.
- Thor flingling Mjölnir at Cap's shield midflight in order to make it into a devastating rebounding projectile.
- Thor, Iron Man and Vision combining their lightning and energy beam at the same point in order to melt Ultron's Vibranium body.
- Iron Man and War Machine flying in unison to deliver a synchronized uppercut to Ant-Man.
- Iron Man absorbing lightning from Thor to overcharge his armor then fire a concentrated repulsor beam at Thanos.
- Hulk has combined with other Avengers in more unconventional ways, his sheer physical strength allowing him to tear through enemy armor while other Avengers like Iron Man and Thor can now deal a finishing blow.
- As two humans trained in close-quarters combat, Captain America and Black Widow have become particularly proficient in fighting in combination to overwhelm foes that would best them individually, sometimes even giving each other the shield or other weapons mid-fight to throw off their opponent.
- Ant-Man riding on one of Hawkeye's arrows for him to reach a distance as well as for a sneak attack.
- Deadpan Snarker: Every member of the team can be sarcastic.
- Destructive Saviour: The team is accused of causing too much collateral damage during their missions by the international community in Civil War.
- The Dreaded: A heroic example. By the end of the first movie, the Avengers have made a name for themselves as earth's mightiest heroes. As Fury puts it, the whole world knows it. Every world.
- Dream Team: The whole point of the Initiative. The earliest candidates S.H.I.E.L.D. considered were a genius engineer in Powered Armor, the world's greatest marksman and a super-spy. Then Captain America was found in the ice, they got the Hulk on board, and the Norse God of Thunder turned out to be real and willing to help.
- The team as a whole are this to their galactic counterparts, the Guardians of the Galaxy. The Avengers are a respected group of well known people coming together to protect the Earth. The Guardians are a group of petty thieves and criminals who are forced into adventures much bigger than themselves and are antiheroes more than anything.
- The ironic aspect is that the Guardians are a far more cohesive group by comparison whereas the Avengers are highly conflicted (splintering, breaking apart and cracking up after two major campaigns), even though they're actually a very tight-knit group of friends in their own right. The Guardians aren't plagued or bothered about being Destructive Savior, and where the Avengers are accused of often creating their villains, the Guardians are often created by their villains, and tend to bond over how they choose to be heroes in spite of the purpose nature and circumstance intended for them.
- The team as a whole are this to their galactic counterparts, the Guardians of the Galaxy. The Avengers are a respected group of well known people coming together to protect the Earth. The Guardians are a group of petty thieves and criminals who are forced into adventures much bigger than themselves and are antiheroes more than anything.
- Five-Man Band: For the bulk of The Avengers movie, there are only five Avengers because Hawkeye is brainwashed. They fit the archetype well until the final battle.
- Captain America — The Leader. Commands the team out in the field, formulating plans and strategies.
- Iron Man — The Lancer. Serves as a direct foil to The Leader and Ideal Hero Captain America, and an obnoxious Ace that always has a plan different to Steve's. He's also listed as the official Number Two (to Cap) of the team. In Civil War he becomes at odds with Cap and leads his own rival faction.
- Thor — The Big Guy. A Physical God and a Boisterous Bruiser who is a contender for the strongest Avenger and tends to use his brawn over his brains.
- Bruce Banner — The Smart Guy. His scientific expertise is the main reason why he was recruited onto the team. The Hulk for the most serves as his combat Super Mode.
- Black Widow — The Chick. Next to Steve Rogers and Bruce Banner (most of the time), she's the most levelheaded and put together of the team, and is constantly trying to encourage them to work together. She becomes this further in Age of Ultron as is responsible for using empathy and friendship to manage The Hulk.
- Hawkeye — Sixth Ranger. He's the final person the Avengers need to fight back the alien invasion and gives them just enough power to push back Thanos's army.
- Four-Philosophy Ensemble:
- Tony/Iron Man and Bruce/Hulk are both the Cynics, who are suspicious and distrustful of S.H.I.E.L.D. from the beginning. On Tony's end, his lone wolf personality and resistance to being part of a team make him difficult to work with, and for Bruce, he is very reluctant to participate in the fight for fear of hurting others, and is, by his own admission, "always angry".
- Steve/Captain America is the Optimist, being The Cape and the most heroic of the group. At one point, he actually questions whether his straightforward idealism still holds water in the present day, but Coulson reassures him that the world needs this idealism now more than ever.
- Natasha/Black Widow is the Realist, trying to get the team to work together, trying to redeem herself from her dark past, and willing to do what needs to be done to accomplish the team's goals.
- Thor is the Conflicted, who wants to save the Earth just as much as the other Avengers do, but also struggles with the fact that their enemy is his younger brother, whom he still loves despite Loki's crimes, and as a result holds back against him in their fights. Clint/Hawkeye is also an example for the earlier parts of the film, due to being Mind Raped by Loki brainwashing him and forcing him to work against his friends, leaving him horrified and traumatized when he snaps out of it.
- Hawkeye is more like the Apathetic by the end of the film, being the Avenger who got the least screentime and focus overall due to being an 11th-Hour Ranger thanks to being brainwashed for much of the movie.
- Godzilla Threshold: Fury admits that while the Initiative was more idealistic than the "Phase Two" weapons, it was also even riskier, and existed specifically for situations no ordinary person could handle.
- Hero of Another Story: When they're not a team, they are all The Hero of their own missions, and main characters of their own solo movies (with the exception of Hawkeye).
- Hero with Bad Publicity: The Avengers have achieved this status as of the events of Civil War as the overwhelming amount of collateral damage from their various fights has caused the UN, and a significant amount of the public, to view them as little more than vigilantes, thus necessitating the Super Registration Act that makes up the plot of said movie. By the end of the film, their reputations have been effectively destroyed with, most of their members now wanted by the law.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Downplayed. See True Companions below.
- Leitmotif: The Avengers Theme, the latter half of which is the more famous victory fanfare for the group.
- Meaningful Name: The original team finally came together out of a shared sense of loss at Agent Coulsons death.
- Post-Snap, the teams name becomes even more meaningful, as they and The Alliance that forms at the end are driven to resurrect and avenge the 50% of all living things that Thanos killed.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Nick Fury didn't just randomly pick the Avenger name. "Avenger" was Carol Danvers' call-sign while she was in the air force. Meeting her was also what inspired him to seek out special individuals who could defend the Earth from Superhuman threats.
- One-Man Army: The non-superpowered members are still among the most dangerous people on the planet. Just six of them were able to hold off an entire alien invasion long enough for Natasha to shut down the portal, with only the Chitauri's sheer numbers posing a threat.
- In The First Avenger, Col. Phillips doesn't believe one man can turn the tide of war. He is proven wrong. In The Winter Soldier, after getting trapped in an elevator filled with HYDRA soldiers (one of whom later gives fellow soldier Sam a hard time), Steve defeats them all without too much difficulty.
- Iron Man shows this off once per movie:
- In the first movie, he breaks out of a Ten Rings hideout and slaughters the garrison with his first suit by using flamethrowers. Later, he flies out to the same group and dispatches a couple dozen terrorists, some missile artillery, and a SPAAG with a combination all by himself.
- In the second movie, he and War Machine slice through a couple squads of Hammer Drones like they're made of plastic.
- In The Avengers, he goes right through the Chitauri like a chainsaw through tapioca. He kills a total of 100 Chitauri troops, blows up several of their speeder-chariot-things and even takes down a Leviathan with some mini-missiles.
- In the second Avengers movie, he joins his teammates in curb-stomping a HYDRA base (complete with machine gun bunkers and light tanks) and hundreds of Ultron's Mecha-Mooks.
- In his third solo he takes out two gunships with an incomplete prototype suit which was not ready for battle, takes out two Extremis soldiers with some acrobatics, improvised weapons l, a flashbang and a single shot repulsor, then again half a dozen mooks with some improvised weapons, then another half dozen with a single repulsor glove and machine guns, then becomes a literal army by summoning every one of his suit ever, each able to take out several Extremis soldiers.
- In the third Avengers movie, he doesn't fight a large horde of enemies this time, but is one of the only two people in the entire movie who manages to make Thanos bleed, the other being Thor.
- He slaughtered dozens of Frost Giants single-handedly and accused them of not trying hard enough. And when stripped of his powers and turned to human, he goes through half dozen S.H.I.E.L.D. agents like wet paper before taking out a Giant Mook.
- In Age of Ultron he takes on more robots than all the others combined. Ultron has to deal with him personally.
- In Infinity War, he pulls a Big Damn Heroes moment and shows up on the battlefield in Wakanda with his new weapon, Stormbreaker, and takes out the majority of the Outrider army in one attack, single-handedly turning the tide of the battle in favor of the Avengers. He later deals more damage to Thanos than everyone else combined, severely wounding him.
- True to form, the only real challenges that the Hulk has had in terms of strength in the MCU as of Civil War have been Abomination from The Incredible Hulk, Tony Stark's Hulkbuster armor (which Banner helped design), Thor as per their comic rivalry, and (especially) Thanos.
- Black Widow. Tons of guards blocking the way to Vanko? No problem. Tied to a chair, surrounded by mobsters. No problem. Extra-dimensional aliens invading New York? Slightly more tiring, but still no problem. Honestly, if it takes The Incredible Hulk to put you on the defensive you qualify as this, and her ability to escape from said beast with only a twisted ankle simply drives it home.
- It's shown in Age of Ultron that even when Hawkeye runs out of arrows, he's not afraid to toss the bow at an enemy and just use his bare hands to fight against an army of Killer Robots.
- Cemented in Avengers: Endgame as he leads a one-man war against Earth's criminal underworld, including the Yakuza and Mexican drug cartels. What's more, he's winning.
- The Protagonist: Of the MCU, as the movies are about their adventures, but Iron Man and Captain America, along with the original 6, get special attention among the others.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: As aptly described in The Avengers:Loki: How desperate are you, that you call on such lost creatures to defend you?
Nick Fury: How desperate am I? You steal a force you can't hope to control, you talk of peace, and you kill 'cuz it's fun. You have made me very desperate. You might not be glad that you did.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Both Captain America and Iron Man, who both hold the highest command in the Avengers and act as each a A Father to His Men towards the superheroes under their command. In Civil War, despite their differing opinions over the Accords, they show Both Sides Have a Point as while Stark is correct that a super-powered group should not got around unchecked otherwise it would result in Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! mistakes, while Rogers is correct it could be a violation of civil rights in general, but both men wish to resolve in a peaceful compromise and only engaged in the titular civil war when their hands are forced. Near the climax, when Tony realizes Steve is telling the truth about Zemo pulling the strings, he tries to bail out the anti-Accords Avengers to help Steve and Bucky only to be refused by Secretary Ross, so he he decides to head out to meet with them himself and propose a truce to stop Zemo. Unfortunately however, Zemo had one more card to play...
- Super Team: The first such instance in the MCU, led by Earth's first publicly-recognized "superhero".
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Put simply, some of them don't always get along.Tony and Steve have strong ideological differences, Hulk and Thor are the only people who can punch each other out all the live long day, Wanda initially hates Tony for building the weapons that killed her parents, the list goes on. The Avengers, Age of Ultron and Civil War all have extended scenes of them fighting each other and they have spent more time doing that then fighting bad guys. Eventually their unstable dynamic leads to them splitting apart — but not before gaining each other's respect and becoming Fire-Forged Friends.
- The Unfettered: An rare, extremely selfless, noble, and heroic version of this trope occurs during Endgame, where, thanks to Thanoss own The Unfettered perspective letting him gain all the Stone and slaughter have the universe during Infinity War, the Avengers become willing to pay any price and risk the time stream for a chance to undo The Snap. Even Spider-Man gets in on it, activating Instant Kill during the final battle.Whatever it takes.
- This element of Endgame was planted by Dr. Stranges own willingness to do whatever was necessary, as he foresaw the only way to save the most lives was to allow Thanos to complete the Gauntlet and do The Snap, which triggered the events and character growth that lead to the forging of the second Gauntlet.
- True Companions: All of them, but the original six Avengers stand out more than everyone else. Even during and after Civil War, it's clear they still have a lot of respect and friendship toward each other and pull their punches as much as possible when forced against each other. Best shown in Avengers: Endgame.Tony Stark: Do we know if she had any family?Steve Rogers: Yeah. Us.
- Villains Act, Heroes React:
Tony Stark: Guess what, Cap? We lost...But that's what we do, right? Our best work after the fact? We're the Avengers? Not the Prevengers, right?
- Barring very few moments, all the Avengers, are purely reactive heroes. And when they do try to act, things tend to go horribly wrong, like in Age of Ultron where Tony wants to create countermeasures for the Chitauri's return while Steve argues that trying to end wars pre-emptively always backfires. And, come Infinity War even though they prepare and react as best they could against the onslaught of Thanos, they still ultimately fail in preventing the assembly of the Infinity Gauntlet — losing about half their roster in the process. In Endgame, Tony bitterly laments this:
- Surprisingly inverted in Endgame where they perform the first move in building a time machine to gather the Infinity Stones from the past and undo the Decimation. Then, Thanos from 2014 learns about their time-heist and reacts to it by coming to 2023 and kill the Avengers.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: A team of heroes who'll always fight as one for their planet while nonchalantly mocking each other. As shown in Age of Ultron:Bruce: [after Hawkeye gets injured] How's he doing?
Tony: Well, unfortunately, he's still Barton.
Bruce: That's terrible.
The following heroes were the original six heroes of the Avengers:
See their character pages. Thor was a founding member but left his place in the Avengers and as king of Asgard to join the Guardians of the Galaxy in further adventures.
- James "Rhodey" Rhodes / War Machine
- Sam Wilson / The Falcon
- Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
- Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver
- The Vision
See the New Avengers page.
Captain Carol "Avenger" Danvers, USAF / "Vers" / Captain Marvel
Species: Enhanced human
Affiliation(s): USAF, S.H.I.E.L.D., Kree Empire, Starforce, Avengers
Portrayed By: Brie Larson (adult), Mckenna Grace (young), London Fuller (really young)
Voiced By: Jessica Ángeles (Latin American Spanish/adult), Nana Mizuki (Japanese/adult), Rio Suzuki (Japanese/young), Fernanda Bullara (Brazilian Portuguese/adult)
Appearances: Captain Marvel | Avengers: Endgame
- Abusive Parents: Both Word of God and some of the flashback sequences in her debut film allude to her father having been pretty sexist and who previously discouraged her from being a Tomboy any chance he got. It apparently had gotten to the point where she's pretty much cut out her birth family from her life in the film's present-day.
- Ace Pilot: She was a skilled pilot for the Air Force, and shows her ability both at the escape from S.H.I.E.L.D.'s facility and at the climax.
- Action Heroine: Carol was an Air Force pilot even before she got superpowers, and so would be perfectly able to kick ass and take names without them. With them, she's one of the most powerful superheroes in the setting.
- Adaptational Backstory Change:
- Carol has one of the messiest origin stories in all of Marvel Comics, constantly losing and regaining different power sets. Her first Flying Brick power set was the result of an accident when the Kree villain Yon-Rogg knocked her into a special machine. These powers were later stolen from her and she was later abducted by another alien race called the Brood, who essentially made her into a living star. And the comic The Life of Captain Marvel reveals she was part Kree all along. The movies combines the first two, likely for simplicity's sake, and ignore the third (although Yon-Rogg does mention that she has his blood in her as a result of a transfusion, meaning it's possible that may have conferred some more-than-human ability as part of the deal).
- On a smaller scale, Carol did not attend the US Air Force Academy in the comics as she does in the film; instead, she directly enlisted and planned to get a college degree through the military.
- Adaptational Badass: Zigzagged. Movie Carol is actually missing roughly half of her wide array of superpowers from the comics. But once she burns off the inhibitor device on her neck, her raw power level increases drastically, to roughly the same level as her comic version's Binary incarnation. In contrast, the comics version of Carol Danvers had a strength level of about 50 tons, though she could boost that through Energy Absorption, and is literally half as powerful as Binary in all physical fields. Played straight in Endgame, where she is capable of overpowering Thanos and can No-Sell an attack from him, which isn't the case in the comics.
- Adaptational Modesty: While her Captain Marvel costume in the comics didn't reveal much skin, it was a lot more akin to a form-fitting swimsuit. This one is a lot more pragmatic for a real world setting, with it essentially being a space commando armor instead.
- Adaptation Name Change: Nickname change, specifically. In the comics, Carol's call-sign in the Air Force was "Cheeseburger". Here in the MCU, it's "Avenger" — which would directly inspire the name of the eponymous team years later.
- Advertised Extra: In spite of being heavily present in the posters and promotional material for Avengers: Endgame, she gets the least amount of screentime of any of the major characters. This is still more time than most of the characters who are resurrected, and her part is best described as Small Role, Big Impact.
- Affectionate Nickname: She's nicknamed "Ace" by Dr. Lawson a.k.a. Mar-Vell.
- Always Someone Better: To Thanos. When the two finally clash in Avengers: Endgame, Danvers proves to clearly be the stronger of the two, gradually out-muscling the Mad Titan for the Infinity Gauntlet and outright no selling a headbutt, with Thanos only besting her via a sucker punch with the Power Stone.
- Amazonian Beauty: She's both very fit and beautiful, and that's not even counting her extranormal strength.
- Amnesiac Hero: Starts out in her titular film with no memory of her life on Earth. Instead, she's led to believe that she's a Kree survivor of a Skrull attack named "Vers".
- Badass Biker: During her debut movie, she steals a motorcycle and uses it as her primary mode of transport throughout the rest of the film.
- Badass Boast: A very impressive one when discussing the prospect of attacking Thanos in Endgame.Bruce: If we do this, how do we know it's going to end any differently than it did before?
Carol: Because before, you didn't have me.
- Barefoot Captives: The Skrulls make her one aboard their ship, until she fights her way free and grabs her boots back.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: Once her powers were fully awakened, this came into effect. Prior to that, she wore a Collapsible Helmet as part of her uniform for use underwater or in vacuum.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: The worst that happens to Carol in her plane crash is some slight bleeding from her nose, and that was before she got superpowers. Averted as a child, where her injuries were more serious. Also averted during the Final Battle of Endgame, with her getting numerous small cuts and bruises during her fight with Thanos.
- Been There, Shaped History: The final scene to Captain Marvel reveals that not only did Carol give Fury the inspiration behind the creation of the Avengers Initiative, but she's also the team's namesake as well.
- Beta Outfit: Her costume's initial appearance is sea green because it was the Kree's Starforce colors. She changes it after defecting.
- Big Damn Heroes: Does this twice in Endgame, as her status as a spacebound hero means she's not likely to stay on Earth for long. First, she saves Tony and Nebula stranded on the Benatar and takes the ship back to Earth. Moreover at the end of the climax, Danvers appears to destroy the Sanctuary II, which has been bombarding the Avengers and their allies, and participates in the Final Battle.
- Black and White Insanity: She was conditioned by the Kree to believe that they are a race of "noble warrior heroes", while the Skrulls they fight are the "bad guys". However, she starts to realize that there is more to the conflict than at first glance.
- Blood Knight: Downplayed due to the fact that she only fights when she has to, but it's obvious from the expression on her face during most battles that Carol relishes her job.
- Blue Is Heroic: In Captain Marvel, she has two costumes: the "evil" one is mostly green and the "heroic" one is mostly blue with some red elements and golden decorations. She shares blue and red as a signature colors with another "captain" of the MCU — Captain America.
- Boobs of Steel: Carol is by far the most physically strong woman in the MCU, so much so that the only Avengers with comparable strength are Hulk and Thor. And thanks to her actress Brie Larson's relatively curvaceous physique, she's also bustier than every other MCU heroine save Black Widow and Peggy Carter.
- Boyish Short Hair: In Avengers: Endgame, she cut her hair down at some point after the Time Skip. Rocket makes a crack about it at her expense.
- Broken Pedestal: In her debut film, she gradually comes to realize that the Kree aren't nearly as noble or heroic as she was previously led to believe.
- Captain Superhero: Captain Marvel, though she is never referred to by this full moniker through her movie. Notable in that, like Steve Rogers, she actually holds that rank legitimately through military service.
- Character Development: She starts out her titular film with Black and White Insanity from the Kree having gaslight her in their war against the Skrulls and doesn't really question the orders she's been given that much. However, she eventually lets go of that mindset over the film's course and becomes significantly more selfless and altruistic, to the point that she performs a HeelFace Turn to help save the Skrulls from the Kree's genocidal ambitions. Furthermore, she decides to be significantly more proactive without relying on other people's orders, with her now being the self-appointed guardian of countless worlds across the universe.
- The Cavalry: She's one of the key superheroes to join the roster of the Avengers during the events of Endgame, and she has physical strength approaching that of the Hulk and her overall power is only eclipsed by Thor and Scarlet Witch. When Thanos's warship begins bombarding the battlefield, Carol's arrival quickly turns the tide and she proceeds to tear the warship apart.
- Combat Pragmatist:
- The final confrontation with Yon-Rogg begins with him holstering his sidearm, and beckoning Carol to fight him hand-to-hand. This is also a Call-Back to earlier in her debut movie. However, Captain Marvel simply blasts Yon-Rogg off his feet with her powers, then quips "I have nothing to prove to you."
- Her main attitude when fighting spaceships is to simply fly through them, which works since she's basically like a comet whenever this happens.
- The Comically Serious: When she first arrives on Earth, her military professionalism provides an amusing contrast to the bemused and bewildered Nick Fury and the people gawking at her Kree uniform.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: In her first movie as well as Endgame, she is never once called "Captain" or "Marvel". Averted by Spider-Man: Far From Home as Spider-Man refers her as Captain Marvel, much to the chagrin of Talos impersonating Nick Fury.Fury: Don't invoke her name.
- Composite Character: She is primarily Carol Danvers (a female pilot who got powers from an experimental engine), but also draws from Mar-Vell (a Kree soldier who stands against them to protect Earth) and Khn'nr (a memory-wiped Marvel).
- Costume Evolution: By the opening of Endgame, her suit has changed slightly from her solo movie (most obviously, more gold on her shoulders.) Her suit colors change again after the five year Time Skip. They're a bit darker, and the reds and blues have switched locations.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: in Avengers: Endgame, she delivers one to Thanos' Sanctuary II (which easily blew up the entire Avengers headquarters), much of his army, and nearly Thanos himself. She outright No Sells Thanos' headbutt, which completely shocks him and she starts to push his fingers back and push the gauntlet off so he can't snap. It only fails due to Thanos using the Power Stone on her.
- Deadpan Snarker: As most MCU protagonists typically are. Yon-Rogg even complains how Vers always seems to be readier to crack jokes than fight. Then Carol Danvers comes to Earth, and her snark is all over the place, sometimes to counter Nick Fury's own.Carol: [to Nick Fury, as she holds up hat with S.H.I.E.L.D. logo] Does announcing your identity on clothing help with the "covert" part of your job?
- Death Glare: She gives a fierce one to Thanos directly after she no-sells his headbutt.
- Determinator: A trait that she has in common with with the other Captain. No matter how many times she was knocked down in her life, she always got back up. As one of her writers puts it, the biggest difference between her and Steve Rogers is that Steve will always get up to do the right thing, while Carol gets back up because she's not the type that's ever willing to be told that she needs to quit.
- The Dreaded:
- To the Kree Empire. Carol destroys one of Ronan the Accuser's bomber ships, resulting in him retreating with the rest of his fleet. It's possible that the Kree never attacked the Earth specifically because they assumed it was under Carol's protection.
- In Endgame, Danvers is well known enough to Thanos' forces that the Sanctuary II immediately ceases all fire on other targets to focus on her as soon as they detect her approach. Furthermore, when she shrugs it off and obliterates a large swath of the Mad Titan's forces, including the Sanctuary II, it's enough to elicit an Oh, Crap! look from Thanos himself.
- Early-Bird Cameo: In The Stinger for Avengers: Infinity War, Nick Fury sends out a distress signal on a pager that displays her star insignia with red and blue colors.
- Early Installment Character Design Difference: An odd case where the early installment was actually released second, as Infinity War and Endgame were filmed at the same time, while Larson and the crew were still working on Carol's look, and she thus looks a bit different in Endgame than in her own previously released film where the look was finalized.
- Easily Forgiven: Carol is distraught after realizing that she's been used as a pawn by the Kree to fight innocent refugees. Talos makes it clear that he holds nothing against her and that his hands are dirty too.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: Her role in Avengers Endgame. After being absent from the Avengers roster throughout the Infinity Saga Fury summons her in the wake of Thanos' finger snap. Ultimately, it's all for nothing as Thanos has already destroyed the Infinity Stones and no amount of photon blasting will bring them back. She is subsequently Put on a Bus (since there are other planets in need of her protection) until the end of the film, when she becomes this again in the Final Battle against 2014 Thanos.Captain Marvel: Where's Fury?
- Family of Choice: It's implied in a flashback and later confirmed by Monica Rambeau that Carol had a rather poor relationship with her biological parents (though she apparently had a more positive relationship with her older brother Steven), so Maria's parents took her in as their own. Carol and Maria subsequently developed a close friendship and Carol even became an Honorary Aunt to Monica.
- Faster-Than-Light Travel: Carol has demonstrated several times that she doesn't really need a ship to travel around the universe, it's just a bit more convenient. Most notably, she's actually pushed stranded starships across the universe herself on multiple occasions.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride. In her own movie and in Avengers: Endgame, she's never short of confidence, bluntly stating in the latter that the Avengers will win against Thanos because last time they didn't have her. Rhodey calls her out on this and informs her that everybody in the room is a superhero, and that nobody could defeat Thanos by themselves even with her power level - and then also asks where the hell she's been, anyway (her response is that she's been saving other worlds specifically because they don't have a team like the Avengers, which somewhat mollifies him). Admittedly, it also turns out that she's not exactly wrong, either: present Thanos gets curbstomped (though he was admittedly without the stones and weakened by the second snap to destroy them), and 2014!Thanos, even with the Gauntlet, goes toe to toe with her, sees her No-Sell a headbutt, and only beats her by desperately removing the Power Stone from the Gauntlet and sucker punching her with it. Plus, there's the small fact that no amount of power can bring back the Infinity Stones after Thanos destroyed them to prevent his Snap from being undone, either — though it wasn't like anyone knew that was a possibility, much less saw it coming.
- Flying Brick: She can fly and has Super Strength and super durability. She can also fire "photonic blasts" from her hands.
- To Steve Rogers. They're both blonde soldiers subjected to enhancements, and wear a red, white and blue color scheme. However;
- Steve's enhancement was intentional, made him an absolute peak human, and was a ground infantry unit, and his Captain title is initially ceremonial. Carol's enchantment was accidental, made her extremely superhuman, and was an Air Force pilot, and she legitimately earned the rank.
- Steve was frequently disregarded because of his many infirmities, whereas Carol had to deal with people giving her a Stay in the Kitchen attitudes.
- Steve focuses on Earthly matters, and reacts to incoming extraterrestrial threats when needed. Carol extends her protection to the entire universe, proactively stopping threats, with earth on the back burner unless the situation is extremely dire.
- Steve will never give up because of his belief in what's right, is humble, approachable, and willing to work with a group. Carol is a determinator more to show that she can do it and defy naysayers, has somewhat of an aloof personality, and typically works alone.
- To Thor. Both are blonde-haired warriors with god-like powers who discovered that the Empire they had proudly fought for was not as benevolent as they were led to beleive. But both of them are completely different otherwise. Whereas Thor was loud and boisterous befitting his race's culture, Carol is The Stoic matching the cold professionalism of the Kree Empire where emotions were frowned upon. Thor was the favoured son of Odin, while Word of God stated that Carol was considered to be The Unfavorite by her sexist father. Thor was born with his godly powers, with Mjolnir merely being a conduit to channel said powers until Thor learned to master them. Carol, on the other hand, received her powers from her exposure to the energy of the Tesseract and had her powers forcibly restrained by the Kree to keep her under their control. When Thor discovered the dark past of his race, he nonetheless vows to take it on a new path as King of Asgard. For Carol, she quickly cuts ties from the Kree and refuses to have anything to do with them.
- To Steve Rogers. They're both blonde soldiers subjected to enhancements, and wear a red, white and blue color scheme. However;
- Former Bigot: She was a loyal soldier of the Kree Empire before regaining her memories of being a human, and thus willingly aided in the Kree Empire's campaign against the Skrulls, believing that they were Always Chaotic Evil. After learning how she had been misled, she repents by helping the Skrulls find a new home.
- Freak Lab Accident: Her durability and strength come from being infused with Kree blood, but her major powers come from having been exposed to the explosion of the engine Mar-Vell worked on using the Tesseract.
- Freudian Excuse: Both flashbacks from her debut film and Word of God indicates that her arrogance stems from her constantly pushing herself to near-impossible standards, which in turns stems from her trying to move past having had a very sexist father that kept putting her down as a child.
- Friend to All Children: Carol is much friendlier to kids than she is to other adults (save Maria Rambeau and Nick Fury), possibly owing to having an unpleasant upbringing. She's an Honorary Aunt and close friend to Maria's daughter Monica, and she quickly bonds with the Skrull children who took refuge in Mar-Vell's laboratory. She's also very pleasant to Peter Parker (a sixteen-year-old boy) during the Final Battle of Endgame, which is substantially nicer than we see her when interacting wit the other Avengers.
- Gamer Chick: Upon arriving at Pancho's Beer, she has several memories of her time at the bar, one of which has her playing Street Fighter II on an arcade cabinet. She also seems to relate to Talos' daughter playing Space Invaders.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When she fully accesses her power and goes into Binary Mode, the first indication we get is that her eyes start glowing golden.
- Godzilla Threshold: As confirmed by the prelude comic for her movie, Fury always saw her as this, which is why he doesnt bother to call her until the end of Infinity War, when he realizes that people are dying en masse from the Decimation. She's very far away (as in, "on-the-other-side-of-the-universe far away") and she's engaged in helping an entire race survive. So she tells him that only a true emergency merits a page.
- Golden Super Mode: In her Binary Mode, she is surrounded by golden glow and her eyes turn golden as well.
- Greater-Scope Paragon: Inspired by Carol, Nick Fury decided to form a team of superheroes to defend Earth from future invaders and named them the Avengers after Carol's old call sign from the Air Force.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A blonde that was always part of armies/enforcers (first the Air Force, then the Kree Starforce), and when faced with a less than ethical dilemma, decides to back the small guy. Turned Up to Eleven when she figures out her Binary Mode, where her hair glows brilliant gold and defies gravity.
- Hand Blast: Carol can shoot golden photonic energy blasts from her hands.
- HeelFace Turn: Downplayed in that after regaining her memories she realized who was the war monger and who was the fleeing race. Doesn't help that the Kree were brainwashing her and limiting her power and emotions.
- Hellbent For Leather: She wears a leather jacket when not in her uniform in her debut movie, and seems to have favored leather jackets in the photos Maria has of her.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Even though she has her Collapsible Helmet like in the comics, Carol only wears it on a few occasions, most of which involve being in space or underwater. Once her powers are fully awakened, it becomes apparent that she doesn't even need it for that anymore.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Part of her origin story. When Mar-Vell is killed before the lightspeed engine can be destroyed, Carol takes the job for her to protect it from Yon-Rogg. The subsequent blast should have killed her (and possibly did, going by the art book), but she ended up infused with the engine's energy as a result and was saved by the Kree to be turned into a weapon.
- Hero of Another Story: She explains that she didn't show up until Endgame thanks to taking care of bad guys across numerous planets throughout the universe who didn't have Avengers to help them. This is still very much the case after the five-year Time Skip, where she doesn't reappear until the Final Battle due to managing and watching over hundreds of other worlds that are still dealing with the aftermath of the Snap that don't have the benefit of the Avengers.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Maria Rambeau. They're best friends, Maria names Carol the godmother to her daughter Monica, and they often spent holidays together prior to Carol's disappearance.
- Honorary Aunt: To Monica Rambeau. Though not related to her family, the two are close enough and Monica calls her "Auntie Carol."
- Human Outside, Alien Inside: She looks like a normal human, but the trailers show her bleeding dark blue blood. Turns out, she had been given a transfusion of Kree blood by Yon-Rogg, presumably to save her life in a process not unlike what would later bring Phil Coulson back from the dead.
- Honor Before Reason: Inverted. Yon-Rogg attempts to setup a final climactic showdown with Carol where he urges her to forego her powers and fight him on equal footing in a fistfight, in a Call-Back to their sparring early in the film. Knowing this isn't the time and not interested in proving anything to him, Carol simply uses one of her energy blasts to knock him on his ass.
- Horrifying the Horror: She completely outclasses Thanos, no selling him when he headbutts her in the face. The look on Thanos' face says it all and he's forced to use the Power Stone to gain the advantage.
- Ideal Hero: Carol is strong, brave, courteous, always fights for what she believes to be right, and has enough Heroic Willpower to overcome the Supreme Intelligence. When she discovers that the Kree have been gaslighting her to make her a weapon against the innocent Skrulls, she's horrified, and dedicates her life towards helping them escape and serving as a protector for countless other planets across the galaxy.
- I Have Many Names: Carol Danvers, Avenger, Captain Marvel, and Vers, to name a few. note
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Carol tends to be a bit abrasive, snarky, and kind of a Troll, but she's a good friend once you get to know her, and she has a strong moral foundation. The instant she realizes that she's on the wrong side of the Kree-Skrull conflict, she doesn't hesitate to throw her lot in with the Skrulls, waging war on the Empire she was serving earlier that same day.
- The Juggernaut: A fully-powered Carol can tear through warships without slowing down, and in Endgame, she plows through the Sanctuary II like a hot knife through butter, then trades blows with another unstoppable force (Thanos), even No Selling a headbutt from the Mad Titan. It takes a sucker punch from the Power Stone (which can destroy planets) to put her down for the count, and even then, she survives with no sign of permanent damage.
- Kubrick Stare: As she powers up her binary mode in the second trailer for her film, she gives a fearsome look at the Kree trying to massacre the Skrull refugees.
- Last Episode, New Character: She's introduced just in time for the Grand Finale of the Infinity Saga that began in the first Avengers film, though her own film chronologically takes place in the 1990s.
- Light 'em Up: He most basic power is photon manipulation, usually in the form of blasts. Her binary form is completely enveloped in golden light.
- Light Is Good: Carol's powers come with an almost angelic golden glow, emphasizing her might and moral fortitude. Her arrival to save Tony and Nebula in Endgame is accompanied by a particularly bright glow, making her look like a guardian angel.
- Lightning Bruiser: She is stronger and more durable than the Hulk and Thanos, she can fly at high speeds and also has a whole bunch of other powers.
- Line-of-Sight Name: Her Kree identity is a product of this. When Carol was knocked out by the blast from Mar-Vell's engine explosion, her dog tag was torn in half. The smaller piece is found by Yon-Rogg, which coincidentally contains the latter half of her surname "vers". This is what gives Yon-Rogg an idea to give her a new Kree identity as "Vers".
- Logical Weakness: In Endgame Thanos demonstrates that the Infinity Stones are capable of destroying one another. Danvers is Nigh Invulnerable, but gets decisively knocked out by Thanos' Power Stone-empowered sucker punch. Given that Captain Marvel is essentially powered by one of the Infinity Stones it makes sense that she would be vulnerable to an attack powered by one of the other Stones.
- Messy Hair: When she appears before the Avengers during the mid-credits stinger of her own movie, her hair is heavily mussed and frizzy, suggesting that she's been moving fast.
- Meta Origin: The engine that gave Carol her powers in this continuity is revealed to have been powered by the energy of the Tesseract, which Mar-Vell was studying. This means that Carol's powers ultimately originate in one of the Infinity Stones, namely the Space Stone.
- Military Superhero: Her time as an Ace Pilot in the Air Force features heavily in her backstory.
- Motifs: Frequently associated with stars and comets, which is quite appropriate since the Tesseract/Space Stone basically imbued her with The Power of the Sun.
- Mundane Utility: Carol can generate enough heat with her hands to boil a teapot and activate a ship's turbines. Lampshaded when Fury comments that she can do "more with her fingers than just make tea".
- My God, What Have I Done?: Seeing the Skrull ship full of civilians including children really hits home how she's been hunting innocent refugees on behalf of the Kree, and she's appalled to the point that she almost breaks down crying.
- Mythology Gag:
- At one point in her debut film, she begins experimenting with the color scheme of her suit, going through the different colors of her costumes from the comics before finally settling on the "red, blue and golden star" pattern she's wearing in the promotional posters.
- In Endgame, after the failure to get the Stones from Thanos and it seems they will have to live with a literal World Half Empty, Carol inverts the colors of her suit from blue-with-red-motifs to red-with-blue-motifs to perfectly match the pattern of her predecessor, Captain Mar-Vell. Her haircut also now looks more like that sported by the modern Carol Danvers in the more recent comics.
- Nerves of Steel: Given that she trained in the Air Force it's safe to assume she had this even before acquiring her powers. In a scene from Avengers: Endgame Thor faces Carol and summons Stormbreaker. The giant axe brushes past her hair as it flies to his hand. Carol briefly looks at it and looks back at Thor, expression unchanged, which impresses him.Thor: I like this one.
- Nigh Invulnerable: She's thus far been shown to be be impervious to any kind of blunt force trauma up to and including a headbutt from Thanos, who for comparison ragdolled the Hulk with little effort. The only thing that can put her down for the count is an energy-based assault by something on par with one of the Infinity Stones.
- No-Sell: As an indicator of her power level, Captain Marvel effortlessly tanks a headbutt from Thanos, shocking the Mad Titan.
- Not So Invincible After All: After being an almost unstoppable force of nature during the majority of the Final Battle, it actually takes her some effort to overpower Thanos, and when she does have him dead to rights, he quickly grabs the Power Stone and uses its might to knock her unconscious. The implication seems to be that she towers above regular Thanos, but Thanos with several of the Infinity Stones would be enough to pose a serious threat to her. Every hero on the battlefield is clearly distraught at the loss of their heaviest hitter.
- Offscreen Teleportation: She answers the distress call from Nick Fury by literally appearing right behind the surviving Avengers in The Stinger for her debut film, including the hyper-aware Black Widow and Steve Rogers.
- Oh, Crap!:
- She and the rest of the Avengers are shocked/horrified after they realize during the beginning of Endgame that Thanos destroyed both the Infinity Gauntlet and Infinity Stones, meaning there's no way for them (on the surface, at least) to bring back the victims of the Snap.
- She only has enough time to look supremely alarmed when 2014!Thanos takes out the Power Stone from the Infinity Gauntlet before he uses it against her and she gets knocked out.
- Older Than They Look: In one of the ads for Captain Marvel, the Supreme Intelligence mentions that one of the alterations they've made to Carol was to extend her longevity, although we later learn this is one of the effects of absorbing the energy core she destroyed. At least twenty-four years pass between her debut film and Endgame, during which time, she hasn't aged a day, in spite of being in her early-sixties. And considering that she can travel thousands of light years and back in a matter of hours, at most, it's not down to relativity, either.
- One-Hit KO: The only way that Thanos was able to get her off his ass in Endgame, and it took a punch empowered with the goddamn Power Stone to knock her out. Had he not been able to use it, she would have won handily. Literally nothing that he threw at her up to that point was even able to scratch her, so it was a true sign of desperation.
- One-Woman Army: She single-handedly takes down large numbers of Skrull soldiers in the beginning of the film without her ability to fire photon blasts (admittedly they were refraining from trying to kill her). After her power inhibitor is removed she wipes the floor with an elite Kree squad and takes on a fleet sent to destroy Earth by Ronan, and forces them to retreat. Further, nothing that hits her after she reaches full power appears to do more than stun her for a moment, and its unclear just what level of power would be needed to truly hurt or kill her. The only thing that seems to hurt her is a punch from Thanos with the Power Stone; otherwise, she just seems to No-Sell everything.
- OOC Is Serious Business:
- Upon encountering the Skrull children aboard Mar-Vell's spaceship and realizing that she really was on the wrong side of the Skrull-Kree war the whole time, she nearly breaks down into tears and is utterly sickened with herself.
- In The Stinger for Captain Marvel, Carol's self-confidence is noticeably shaken upon her arrival to Earth to answer Fury's call. Given the chaos that she's likely witnessed resulting from Thanos' actions all across the galaxy, it's hard to blame her. She's also significantly gloomier and less snarky during the first act of Endgame, which is likely due (in part) to her mourning the death of her friend Nick Fury. It's not until the final battle, after everyone was resurrected, that she starts to regain her earlier, spunky personality.
- Pet the Dog: She's not exactly the warmest person around the Avengers, which may have to do with her being substantially more powerful than most of them. However, she notes that she's thankful for their presence on Earth (and, in Thor, Rocket, and Nebula's case, in varying parts of space) for keeping the areas that they protect safe, since she has so many other planets to protect that it makes her workload a little lighter. She's also genuinely friendly to Spider-Man.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Don't mind the people she beats, when fully powered-up Carol can easily destroy an enormous spaceship all by herself!
- Physical God: Her binary form is a power source created by the Space Stone, and she's also a very powerful hero, able to fly faster than the speed of light and bust up large spaceships with ease. Seeing a display of Carol's power convinces Ronan that she might well be a greater prize for the Kree Empire than the Space Stone itself.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: While she's not short pint-sized by any means, she is shorter in comparison to powerhouses like Thor, Hulk and especially Thanos yet she can dish out as much as they can in terms of brute strength. This is best seen in her fight against Thanos. Despite him completely dwarfing her physically, Carol is shown to be slowly overpowering him, until Thanos plays dirty and has to use the planet-destroying Power Stone to knock her out.
- Power Glows: She starts to glow whenever she accesses her powers, first starting with the fist, and then eventually her whole body.
- Power Limiter: Carol spends most of her movie with a small disc on her neck that the Kree said was there to help her control her power. It was actually there to control her by controlling her power, so she couldn't use it to rebel against the Kree.
- Primary-Color Champion: While she spends some time in a sea green suit, she eventually dons her red, blue and yellow/gold outfit from the comics.
- Pro-Human Transhuman: She's a Transhuman by way of the explosion that gave her her powers, and by the blood transfusion given to her by the Kree. She nevertheless fights to protect Earth.
- Proud Warrior Race Girl: At least at first, as she confidently describes the Kree as a people of "noble warrior heroes". Once she gets a good look at what the Kree are really like, she vows to destroy the Supreme Intelligence and defend Earth from the Kree.
- Put on a Bus:
- In-Universe, the reason that she never appeared to intervene in any incident between Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame was because she spent decades defending planets that didn't have superheroes of their own — and presumably, this means that she never got anywhere near the Guardians of the Galaxy in that time. She only comes back to Earth when Nick Fury called for her aid.
- Within Avengers: Endgame, she goes back into space to hold the fort on hundreds of worlds at once, leaving the Avengers back on Earth. She later returns in time for the final battle, where she destroys the Sanctuary II.
- Rapid-Fire Typing: Subverted as she can just "hunt and peck" as she tries to figure out the keyboard while searching for information in an Internet cafe.
- Real Award, Fictional Character: During her Air Force career, Carol earned the Basic Parachutist Badge, the Air Force Longevity Service Award, and, of course, an Aviator Badge.
- Reforged into a Minion: Carol was an ordinary human test pilot until she destroyed the Tesseract-powered engine and absorbed some of its power. Rather than killing her when they had the chance, the Kree brainwashed her and slapped on a Power Limiter so they could use her as a soldier.
- Remember the New Guy?: Repeatedly lampshaded and justified.
- She's been around since The '90s and knows Nick Fury, but was never seen or mentioned before the very end of Phase 3. Justified, as Carol had left to fight the Kree and help the Skrull refugees, and Fury - extremely secretive by nature and profession - treated her as a Godzilla Threshold.
- When the Avengers finally meet her in Endgame, Rhodey asks where she's been all this time. She points out that the universe is a big place, and most other planets don't have their own superheroes, let alone superhero teams, to help them.
- Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: Defied in her case. When asked why she didn't previously appear against other threats to Earth in the MCU, she points out that the universe is a big place and she's been really busy helping countless other worlds that don't have superheroes with their own troubles in the roughly quarter-century between her debut film and Endgame.
- Shapeshifter Mode Lock: Played With after the events of her Origin Story. While Carol can turn them off at any time she wants, whenever she uses her powers, she automatically enters Binary Mode.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Yon-Rogg attempts to break her into doing hand to hand combat with no use of their special powers. Carol doesn't oblige him and just blasts him into the nearest mountain.
- Significant Wardrobe Shift: Throughout most of Captain Marvel, Carol wears the standard green and grey Kree uniform, showing her loyalty to them, bigotry for the Skrulls, and lost identity. Near the climax and with Monica's help, Carol chooses her iconic red, blue, and yellow suit, signifying her cutting off ties with the Kree, letting go of her bigotry of the Skrulls, and recovering her identity.
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Unlike most characters from Avengers: Endgame, she is not featured in either the first trailer or the first TV spot, likely to avoid spoiling anything before her own movie comes out. Her first appearance in any marketing for Endgame is through The Stinger for her own movie. However, after her movie was released, a final trailer for Endgame shows Carol along with the Avengers, and getting Thor's approval.
- Small Role, Big Impact: While she gets less screentime in Avengers: Endgame than any of the team that goes on the Time Heist, she intervenes at crucial points in the story; namely, saving Tony Stark and Nebula at the beginning of the film and carrying the Benatar to Earth, and intervening in the final battle, where she destroys the Sanctuary II and keeps Thanos from snapping his fingers long enough to allow Iron Man to destroy the Mad Titan and his armies.
- Smug Super:
Fury: Ok. Prove you are not a Skrull.
- Not as bad as some, but Carol does have her moments of doing this. Including in-front of Nick Fury.
Carol: [photonblasts a jukebox, with a grin] That's a Photon blast.
Carol: A Skrull cannot do that.
Fury: And I'm supposed to take your word for that?
Carol: [raises her eyebrow in response]
- In Endgame, she flatly states that her absence was the reason the Avengers lost to Thanos the first time. As it turns out, she's not exactly wrong, given her performance against him in his prime, in a one-on-one duel, she can back up that assertion and then some. While in the Final Battle and Thanos tries to headbutt her to no effect, Thanos looks to be on the verge of utter panic while Carol just smirks in response.
- The Stoic: As befits a trained pilot and Kree soldier, Carol keeps a cool head even in the toughest of situations, although she clearly has a lot of emotion boiling beneath the surface. Yon-Rogg actually admonishes her for not being more stoic. Once she's exposed to her memories on Earth, she starts acting a lot more like she did before becoming "Vers". She's at her most stoic in the prologue of Endgame due to the graveness of the situation, but shows signs of being more like herself toward the end of the film.
- Story-Breaker Power: Thanks to her powers coming from the Space Stone (one of the Infinity Stones), her binary form is beyond many of the characters seen in the MCU until that point, with the exception of god-tier power levels like Dormammu, Ego the Living Planet, or Thanos, especially with access to the Infinity Gauntlet, and Thor with Stormbreaker. This sole reason is perhaps why Nick Fury refused nor found the need to call upon her several times when it would have been useful — she could potentially be more dangerous than some of the threats that the Avengers were assembled to fight. In her debut film alone, when at full strength, Carol gives a complete No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to the Supreme Intelligence, the Kree team she was formerly allies with, and Ronan's bombers, and it's implied they were never much of/any threat to her, and can travel in space at speeds that are faster than you can imagine. She manages to completely turn the tides of the battle against Thanos and even gained the upper-hand against the Mad Titan, until he resorted to an underhanded tactic to knock her out.
- Strong and Skilled: Already a formidable hand-to-hand fighter, her unlocking the full potential of her powers means she can compete with heavy-hitters like Hulk and Thanos while still retaining the combat skills from her Kree training.
- Superman Stays Out of Gotham: The reason why she hasn't showed up until this late is because her jurisdiction is the whole universe, with many of those planets lacking heroes to defend it like the Earth does. She only returns two times to assist with Thanos, before promptly departing again.Carol: "There are a lot of other planets in the universe. And unfortunately, they didn't have you guys."
- Superman Substitute: The closest the MCU has gotten to an Alternate Company Equivalent to the Man of Steel. Carol is a truly heroic Flying Brick who is the World's Strongest Woman, has Super Toughness that verges on Nigh Invulnerable, Super Speed that is implied to reach close to speed of light (including unassisted space travel), and has a lot of firepower to boot.
- Superpower Lottery: Carol can fly at incredible speeds, shoot powerful photon blasts, has Super Toughness (that borders on Nigh-Invulnerability when in her Golden Super Mode), and has Super Strength that can bust open spaceships. She is easily one of the strongest heroes in the MCU.
- Super Strength: While she's already stronger than most due to the powers granted by the Kree, when used in conjunction with her photon powers she is near the level of Thor and the Hulk, as seen when she grabs one of Ronan's warheads mid-flight (though admittedly it takes her an obvious and serious amount of effort to do so).
- Super Toughness: She is able to survive falls from extreme height without any serious injuries, and takes no apparent/appreciable damage from anything that impacts her once she reaches full power. To put it into perspective, she's able to take getting punched by the Power Stone and only gets knocked unconscious for a while as consequence.
- That Man Is Dead: After realizing how she'd been deceived and manipulated by the Kree, Carol throws off the identity of "Vers", defiantly reclaiming her true name while facing the Supreme Intelligence.
- Tomboy: This is especially obvious in her childhood flashbacks, which show her go-kart racing, skateboarding, and playing baseball. As an adult, she goes into the military, a decidedly masculine profession, specifically the Air Force, at a time when female pilots were rare to boot, because of her adrenaline junkie nature causing her to relish the prospect of flying high and fast. After acquiring her powers and joining the Kree Starforce, she demonstrates her strength and battle prowess not with the elegance of a Lady of War but with the bruising and pummeling punches of a rough-and-tumble brawler, and she does clearly enjoy fighting, even if not to a full-on Blood Knight extent. Some of her flashbacks also show her to be a gamer.
- Tranquil Fury: Briefly in Endgame. She's upset by the death of Nick Fury on top of everything else that's happened, but she never loses her composure. However, when she casually states that she's going to find out where Thanos is so she can kill him, it's clear that she's pissed.
- Tron Lines: While experimenting with the suit's ability to change colors, Monica briefly gives Carol multicolored glowing lines. Which inspires a "No. Just... No" Reaction for the both of them.
- Transhuman: Carol got her powers from an accident that imbued her with power from a faster-than-light engine reverse-engineered from the Tesseract and an infusion of Kree blood.
- Unwitting Pawn: The Kree brainwashed her and used her to fight their battles for them.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Her dynamic with Fury almost plays out like a buddy cop film, but they quickly grow to respect and trust each other. It's telling that in her post-credits sequence the first thing she does when meeting the other Avengers after the Decimation is to ask about Fury's whereabouts. In Endgame, she's visibly upset when she discovers Fury among the casualties.
- World's Strongest Woman:
- She's bar none the most powerful hero in the MCU aside from Scarlet Witch and Doctor Strange by the time of Endgame, and even then is hands down the most powerful physical hero as the other two both are Glass Cannons who rely on mystical powers. This is proven when she single-handedly shoots several advanced Kree missiles out of the sky, destroys a warship, and forces Ronan the Accuser to run for his life, all with nothing but her bare hands. It's to the point where it's probable the only characters capable of exceeding her power are legitimate gods or those who wield god-like power (technically we are given no indication just yet of what can actually hurt her when she's at full strength (other than the Power Stone), as in her movie she shrugs off, avoids, or is only somewhat stunned by attacks used on her once her limiter is removed), and Nick Fury considers calling her in to be a Godzilla Threshold.
- Only characters not described elsewhere are listed below. For other allies of the Avengers, see Main Character Index.
Dr. Erik Selvig
Affiliation(s): Culver University, University of London, S.H.I.E.L.D.
Portrayed By: Stellan Skarsgård
Voiced By: Salvador Delgado (Latin-American Spanish dub); Salvador Vives [Thor, The Avengers], Joaquín Gómez [Thor: The Dark World-onwards] (European Spanish dub); Yoshiyuki Kaneko (Japanese dub), Jacques Frantz (European French dub), Denis Mercier (Canadian French dub), Luiz Carlos Persy (Brazilian Portuguese dub)
Appearances: Thor | The Avengers | Thor: The Dark World | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Spider-Man: Far From Home note
An astrophysicist and college professor working with Jane Foster on studying wormhole anomalies. He suspects Thor of being crazy because he recognizes all of his stories from childhood, but in the end helped him out — specifically creating a fake identity for him as "Donald Blake." Was brainwashed by Loki in The Avengers, and is shown to be still affected by the experience in The Dark World.
- Agent Scully: Never believed any of the supernatural aspects of Thor because they sounded too much like the stories he heard as a child. Repeatedly points this out to Jane. His expression when he sees Thor reclaim his powers has to be seen to be believed.
- Ambiguous Situation: Following the events of Avengers: Infinity War, his status of being dead or alive was left unclear, and he is listed among those missing in Avengers: Endgame. However, a tie-in novel explains that he was spared by Thanos, and his "missing" status is like Scott Lang's in that it's for reasons other than being killed by Thanos' snap.
- Bad Liar: In Thor, when he explained about "Dr. Donald Blake" to Coulson, you can tell that Son of Coul easily sees through all his lies.
- Big Damn Heroes: At the end of Dark World, saves Thor and Jane from being crushed by Malekith's ship by using the tech he invented to open a portal above them. As an added bonus, he ends up teleporting it right on top of Malekith, finishing him off for good. Not bad for a guy who had to be busted out of a psychiatric hospital earlier that day.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Loki somehow influences his actions in the stinger of Thor, then gives him the full Chitauri scepter treatment in The Avengers. When he "wakes up", he's very unhappy.
- Canon Immigrant: He was incorporated into the comics in Avengers Standoff.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: Double Subverted. He can definitely hold his liquor, but getting into a drinking contest against Thor himself, the God of Boisterous Bruisers, even when the latter is Brought Down to Badass? You lose that one.Thor: We drank, we fought. He made his ancestors proud!
- Cloudcuckoolander: He became cooky and silly in Dark World due to his experiences in The Avengers.
- Cool Old Guy: As shown by his behavior when at the bar with Thor.
- Evil Genius: Of Loki's group in The Avengers, though not by choice.
- Fighting from the Inside: Was doing this when under Loki's control, making his scepter the key to closing the Chitauri portal, as he explains to Black Widow after being broken out by Iron Man.
- For Science!: Gains this sort of glee after Loki mind-controls him.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Becomes unhinged in The Dark World as a result of being brainwashed by Loki, which had the specific effect of dumping a massive amount of knowledge on him. On a more mundane level, the undoing of it (getting thrown 30 feet by a small explosion and hitting his head really hard) on a man likely in his sixties probably helped make it worse.
- Hourglass Plot: In both The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World, his experience with cosmic happenings has taken him far away from his rationalist origins.
- Irony: Started as a rationalist, down-to-earth scientist skeptical about mythical resonances to cosmic events, then he eventually becomes a Cloud Cuckoo Lander with his reputation in tatters (though it seems to have recovered by Age of Ultron - getting his sanity back probably helped). He has a "World of Cardboard" Speech about it in Thor: The Dark World after which he becomes functional again.
- Last-Name Basis: Gets referred to as Selvig more than Erik.
- Mentor Archetype: To Jane, and later to Thor in Thor as he guides both of them in different ways.
- Naked People Are Funny: In The Dark World he runs around Stonehenge without a scrap of clothing.
- Papa Wolf: Has shades of this towards Jane such as telling Thor not to hurt her. He's also this to Darcy.
- Put on a Bus: Doesn't appear in Thor: Ragnarok, despite prominent roles in the first two films. The same applies to all of the human cast of the Thor movies, with Jane just getting a quick mention.
- Reluctant Mad Scientist: When mind-controlled by Loki to work on the Chitauri portal.
- Sanity Slippage: In The Dark World due to the effects of Loki messing with his mind.
- The Smart Guy: Recruited by Fury to be a big thinker for S.H.I.E.L.D. and Loki took advantage of this by poaching him for his own team.
Dr. Helen Cho
Citizenship: South Korean
Affiliation(s): U-GIN, S.H.I.E.L.D.
Portrayed By: Claudia Kim
Voiced By: Xóchitl Ugarte (Latin-American Spanish dub), Laura Pastor (European Spanish dub), Kanako Sakuragi (Japanese dub), Anne Tilloy (European French dub), Lise Martin (Canadian French dub), Adriana Torres (Brazilian Portuguese dub)
Appearances: Avengers: Age of Ultron
A world-renowned South Korean geneticist and friend of Tony Stark who aids the Avengers.
- Ascended Extra: Helen Cho is an extremely minor character in the comics, and was introduced as a Posthumous Character to boot. The idea of making her a famous scientist and ally of the Avengers was created exclusively for the film.
- Asian and Nerdy: She's a South Korean Hot Scientist.
- Brainwashed: Ultron uses Loki's scepter and hypnotises her into creating a synthetic body he can upload himself into, using a new fusion material composed of vibranium and her synthetic tissue. Wanda uses her powers to snap Dr. Cho out of her trance, when she finds out Ultron's true plans.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She hasn't appeared since Age of Ultron.
- Composite Character: Her intelligence seems to come from Amadeus Cho, her son in the comics, and her lab work with Banner suggests a hint of Kate Waynesboro. She also takes Professor Horton's role as the Vision's creator.
- Deadpan Snarker: Snarks at Tony for spending the majority of his time partying and not on his work. She even makes a quip at Ultron!
- Locking Macgyver In The Store Cupboard: Helen is seriously wounded by Ultron when the latter breaks into her lab, leading some viewers to think that she died. However, she is briefly spotted with the Avengers at the movie's end, which may seem like an Unexplained Recovery, until you realize she was right in the middle of her lab with tissue regeneration equipment.
- The Medic: Helen serves as an in-house physician of sorts at Avengers Tower, with the help of her biology and genetics research.
- Not So Above It All: When Tony asks her if she's attending the evening party, she snarks that unlike him she has priorities and doesn't spend all of her time partying... Until she asks if Thor is attending, which made her reconsider.
- Remember the New Guy?: She's a close friend of Tony and Bruce, but has never been seen or mentioned in any of the prior films.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Despite her comic counterpart being a Posthumous Character, Helen survives the movie and goes on to help found the new Avengers compound.