Summary

  • The Marvels provides a better setup for the A-Force team than Avengers: Endgame.
  • Captain Marvel and Valkyrie are portrayed as perfect leaders for the A-Force.
  • The relationship between Captain Marvel and Valkyrie hints at a potential history and sets the stage for the A-Force to form.


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The Marvels may have been a big blow to the MCU, but it did at least provide a setup that the franchise failed to do four years ago. The Captain Marvel sequel made history for unfortunate reasons, achieving the MCU’s lowest box office numbers to date. However, it was able to succeed in setting up a new superhero team which the franchise failed to do in the past. The concept of the A-Force, an all-women superhero team, was introduced briefly in Avengers: Endgame, but The Marvels provides a much more viable setup for the team years later.

While Avengers: Endgame tried to make history with its all-female Marvel hero round-up shot, the A-Force setup didn’t translate in the best way. Marvel fans who wanted a future A-Force found the moment to be forced, lazy, and cheesy, while more casual fans used it as a point to fuel criticism. What solidifies the moment as a failure is that the MCU has yet to even bring up the implications of the moment since. However, The Marvels has provided a glimmer of hope for the A-Force even if the team was never explicitly brought up.

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Captain Marvel And Valkyrie Are The Perfect Leaders For The A-Force

Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) in Captain Marvel and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) in Thor Ragnarok

After the destruction of Tarnax in The Marvels, Captain Marvel is left with a group of Skrulls without a home. Bearing responsibility, she contacts Valkyrie to house the Skrulls in New Asgard. It is a brief exchange between the two, but their working relationship is a preview of what the MCU’s A-Force film could be like. The Marvels is filled with female heroes, and Carol Danvers, Monica Rambeau, and Kamala Khan have already proven they can work seamlessly together.

Captain Marvel is often regarded as one of the most powerful heroes, and it would make sense that such a strong figure would be the leader of the A-Force. The Marvels also fleshed out her ability to lead as she stepped up to the plate as leader of the Marvels team. Valkyrie would be her perfect partner as she is a leader in her own right as King of Asgard. The Marvels teased what could happen when two strong leaders come together, and the film inadvertently provided a better A-Force setup than Avengers: Endgame ever did.

The Marvels Infers A History Between Carol And Valkyrie

Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) smirks and looks up in The Marvels

Though the exact relationship between Carol and Valkyrie is never explicitly stated, it’s clear that the two are close. From their dialogue, it’s inferred that they have a history and are no strangers to working together. One of the criticisms of Endgame’s A-Force scene is that there was nothing really bringing all the female heroes together at that moment. However, the MCU can utilize this established relationship between Captain Marvel and Valkyrie to push the A-Force as the idea of the duo forming a superhero team doesn’t seem so far off considering how willing they are to work together.

While the A-Force is still needed in the MCU, Avengers: Endgame’s setup of the all-female team did the group a disservice with how forced it felt. The Marvels failed in many aspects, but it has provided the franchise with a nod to the A-Force that is a huge improvement from its previous attempt. Captain Marvel and Valkyrie are already two of the obvious candidates for leaders of the A-Force, and the fact that they have an established working relationship makes the A-Force much more logical. The fate of the MCU’s A-Force may still be up in the air, but Marvel would be smart to capitalize off of The Marvels setup.

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