Will Captain Marvel 2 ignore the first version of Monica Rambeau from the comics?
Following her re-introduction as an adult in WandaVision, Teyona Parris’ Monica Rambeau is set to make her epic return to The Marvels in 2023 alongside Brie Larson and Iman Velani. This follows the first Disney+ show in Phase 4, which pushed Monica to her superhero status as she busted Wanda’s hex and moved on to the next leg of her journey.
In just three episodes with Powers, Monica showed a wide range of abilities in the MCU, which would only continue to evolve as Paris stars in her first MCU film the following year.
While fans only got a taste of Monica’s abilities in WandaVision, she will become even more formidable in The Marvels, especially with the chance that her powers will be similar to those of Captain Marvel. And with almost a year until the sequel debut in theaters, director Nia DaCosta took the opportunity to share how Monica’s powers would transfer from the comics to the big screen, including the unseen in the film.
The wonders of Monica’s comic history unseen
Speaking with Cinema Blend at the 2022 D23 Fan Expo, The Marvels director Nia DaCosta discusses where the MCU sequel is going with Teyona Parris’s Monica Rambeau and her new superpowers, as well as harnessing a power of comics went.
The director acknowledged that there are “a thousand powers in comics” that the team can make canon in the MCU, even immortality. Dacosta also noted a time in the comics when she “abstracts into water” and disperses her atoms in water, though the director admitted that she “didn’t do that” for Marvel:
“With Monica, we really had to talk, ‘Okay, out of the thousands of her powers in the comics we want to make canon in the MCU?’ Well, you know there’s a part in the comics where she finds out she’s immortal. She panics and then she abstracts into the water, and her atoms are shattered in the ocean, and that’s her forever. Kind of takes it to put himself back together. Like, he’s crazy so it’s like, you have a lot to choose from… Anyway, we didn’t do that.”
The plot came about in The Avengers #291-293 when Monica touched sea water made entirely of lightning and propelled herself across the surface of the water. This greatly depleted her energy and her physical form, leading to an uphill battle to regain her strength before rejoining the Avengers.
Full details of the incident can be seen below:
“When honorary Avengers member Marina transforms into the giant sea monster Leviathan, Captain Marvel leads the hunt for the creature; during the battle that follows, Monica contacts sea water in her electric form and accidentally kills herself. across the surface of the ocean, dissipating her energy so severely and spreading her atoms so widely that she could barely attain the physical form, the frailty of a woman devoid of superpowers. , emerging as Withered Husk. Retiring from the team, Monica battles her way to health and eventually regains her powers, albeit in a diminished and transformed form that has made her look like a self. Allowed to surround with efficient energy field.”
Parris also spoke with Marvel Entertainment at D23, teasing Monica’s powers and her ability to fly in the upcoming sequel:
“Being able to fully feel Monica’s powers and flight, and it’s like, ‘Oh my god, we have a black female superhero on screen with these other amazing female superheroes.’ So, it’s like, ‘Ooh, female power!’ And led by an amazing woman, yes, that was my favorite part of girl power.”
How will Monica make her mark in Marvel?
Bringing in an extremely powerful superhero like Monica Rambeau is always a challenge for Marvel Studios as the team tries to bring in characters who dominate that range. But given what Monica has done in the comics, Nia DaCosta and Teyona Parris seem to have a good idea of what not to use to play a more important role in the Multiverse Saga.
The incident that Dacosta mentions won’t make her feel bad after all will certainly leave Monica out of the picture for a long time, which will be disappointing for fans who want to continue to influence her over the years. But thankfully, as Dacosta put it in her quotes, Paris’ heroine has a wealth of ability to see things fans have already seen at VandaVision.
It comes on top of the bonds she’ll form at The Marvels — one of them being admittedly tough thanks to some potentially tense moments of reuniting with Carol Danvers. Combine that with three sets of incredible powers, and it should make for a thrilling ride into next year’s summer blockbuster.
The Marvels is set to premiere in theaters on July 28, 2023.