Kevin Feige Assures Captain Marvel Will Have an Achilles’ Heel

Spoilers ahead for Captain Marvel.

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has confirmed that while Captain Marvel appears to be unstoppable, she will in fact will have “limitations and there will be Achilles heels” for Carol Danvers.

In an interview with Slashfilm, Feige answered a question in regards to Captain Marvel’s extreme power that Feige had previously said makes her the “most powerful hero the MCU has ever seen.”

He was specifically asked how she could exist in this cinematic universe where she can “take out a gigantic spacecraft single-handedly” and potentially be above each and every danger?

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“Well, the point of this movie was to see her exactly as you said, unleashed, unchained,” Feige answered. “What happens when she taps into her full potential not being held back? So it was not the time to hold back. It was not the time to emphasize limitations or loss. We’d seen that over the course of the rest of the movie. We wanted to see her cut loose. In future stories, well, none of the Marvel characters are immortal. Even ones that seem immortal, some people might be very hard to kill, but nobody’s unkillable. So if we’re lucky enough to see future adventures with Captain Marvel, of course there will be limitations and there will be Achilles heels and there will be things that we learn and see that it’s not as easy as a slicing through whatever she wants to at any point. But this wasn’t the time to accentuate that.”

The interview continues with a ton of other great information, such as how the pager idea came to be at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. They were developing both Avengers: Infinity and Captain Marvel at the same time and really wanted to “link the characters of Captain Marvel and Nick Fury sort of through that span of time with ’90s device.”

MCU Connections\r\nCaptain Marvel features numerous connections that help tie the movie to the larger MCU and answer some long-running questions about the universe. It\u0027s the latest Marvel movie to use the Tesseract as a plot device, while also explaining how the artifact came into Nick Fury\u0027s possession. It also reveals the back-story behind Fury\u0027s pager and the origin of the Avengers Initiative while also featuring a few familiar MCU faces like Agent Coulson, Ronan the Accuser and Korath.”,”height”:675,”width”:1199,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/tesseract-1552408792920.png”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/tesseract-1552408792920_{size}.png”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”Captain Marvel: The Best Easter Eggs, References and Cameos”,”relativePosition”:”02″,”albumTotalCount”:21},{“caption”:”

Mar-Vell\r\nPerhaps the biggest change the film made to the source material involves carol\u0027s mentor, Mar-Vell. In the comics, Mar-Vell was the original Captain Marvel and used the human cover identity of Dr. Walter Lawson. In the movie, Mar-Vell is gender-swapped to become Dr. Wendy Lawson and never becomes a superhero, leaving Carol free to claim the Captain Marvel mantle from the very start.”,”height”:544,”width”:967,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/mar-vell-1552408792913.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/mar-vell-1552408792913_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”Captain Marvel: The Best Easter Eggs, References and Cameos”,”relativePosition”:”03″,”albumTotalCount”:21},{“caption”:”

Carol\u0027s Mohawk\r\nCarol\u0027s costume is very closely inspired by the contemporary Marvel comics, right down to her distinctive helmet and mohawk. That flourish was introduced by artist Jamie McKelvie for the 2012 Captain Marvel comic. It pays homage to the mohawk-like fin seen on the helmets of many Kree soldiers.”,”height”:674,”width”:1200,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/mohawk-1552408792914.png”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/mohawk-1552408792914_{size}.png”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”Captain Marvel: The Best Easter Eggs, References and Cameos”,”relativePosition”:”04″,”albumTotalCount”:21},{“caption”:”

Carol\u0027s Binary Form\r\nThe climax of the film sees Carol finally unleash her full superhuman potential, causing her body to erupt in waves of fiery energy. In the comics, Carol occasionally transforms into Binary, a more powerful version of her usual self that only manifests when she absorbs enough energy — and that seems quite similar to the version we see at the end of the film.”,”height”:632,”width”:1123,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/binary-1552408792906.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/binary-1552408792906_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”Captain Marvel: The Best Easter Eggs, References and Cameos”,”relativePosition”:”05″,”albumTotalCount”:21},{“caption”:”

The ASIS\r\nThe film also draws from elements of the Ultimate Universe version of Captain Marvel, particularly when it comes to the advanced faster-than-light ship the ASIS. In the Ultimate Universe, that ship was the brainchild of Dr. Philip Lawson (the Ultimate version of Mar-Vell), and Carol was picked as his head of security.”,”height”:607,”width”:1080,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/ultimate-mahr-vell-1552408792923.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/ultimate-mahr-vell-1552408792923_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”Captain Marvel: The Best Easter Eggs, References and Cameos”,”relativePosition”:”06″,”albumTotalCount”:21},{“caption”:”

Stan Lee\r\nStan Lee has made cameo appearances in every MCU movie to date, and so far his sad passing last year hasn\u0027t stopped that trend. Plus, Lee\u0027s cameo in Captain Marvel has an extra layer of meta-weirdness to it; he can be seen on the train reading a script for Mallrats, the 1995 Kevin Smith comedy that jump-started the whole \u0022Stan Lee cameo\u0022 fad. And he also gets a Stan-only MCU opening logo, featuring various shots of the Marvel creator where usually we\u0027d have images of the various Marvel heroes.”,”height”:720,”width”:1280,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/stan-lee-1552408792918.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/stan-lee-1552408792918_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”Captain Marvel: The Best Easter Eggs, References and Cameos”,”relativePosition”:”07″,”albumTotalCount”:21},{“caption”:”

Kelly Sue DeConnick\u0027s Cameo\r\nThe train sequence also features another Marvel creator closely associated with Carol Danvers. After Carol exits the train, she walks by writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (easy to spot thanks to her distinctive glasses and red hair). DeConnick was the first writer to chronicle Carol\u0027s evolution from Ms. Marvel to Captain Marvel, and her work naturally had a major influence on the film.”,”height”:636,”width”:1130,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/kelly-sue-1552409080096.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/kelly-sue-1552409080096_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”Captain Marvel: The Best Easter Eggs, References and Cameos”,”relativePosition”:”08″,”albumTotalCount”:21},{“caption”:”

The Time Period\r\nThe film includes a number of \u002790s pop culture references that help narrow down the exact time period to 1995. For example, when Carol is using the payphone, the wall behind her features posters for the Smashing Pumpkins album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, which was recorded between March and August of 1995 and released in October. The Blockbuster Video store includes a VHS tape copy of True Lies, which was released theatrically in July 1994 and likely wouldn\u0027t have been available at Blockbuster until the following year. We also learn that Carol disappeared in 1989, and that was six years before the film\u0027s main story.”,”height”:675,”width”:1200,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/true-lies-1552408792922.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/true-lies-1552408792922_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”Captain Marvel: The Best Easter Eggs, References and Cameos”,”relativePosition”:”09″,”albumTotalCount”:21},{“caption”:”

Nick Fury\u0027s Children\r\nIn the movie, Fury indicates he has no children (though the way he words it is a little suspect). In the comics, however, Fury has multiple children. One of them, Mikel, followed his father into the spy business. Another, Marcus Johnson, only recently discovered his father\u0027s true identity and changed his name to Nick Fury, Jr. This son served as a way for Marvel to retire the original, white Nick Fury and replace him with one modeled more specifically after Fury\u0027s appearance in the MCU.”,”height”:562,”width”:1000,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/fury-kids-2-1552408792909.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/fury-kids-2-1552408792909_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”Captain Marvel: The Best Easter Eggs, References and Cameos”,”relativePosition”:10,”albumTotalCount”:21},{“caption”:”

Nick Fury: Secret Agent\r\nFury also loosely alludes to his misadventures as a spy during the Cold War. This is a nod to the character\u0027s colorful history in the comics. Originally, Fury was depicted as a WWII-era soldier in the comic Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos. In the 1960s he was re-imagined as a James Bond-esque super-spy before finally becoming the grizzled director of SHIELD we know and love today.”,”height”:683,”width”:1213,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/nick-fury-1552408792916.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/nick-fury-1552408792916_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”Captain Marvel: The Best Easter Eggs, References and Cameos”,”relativePosition”:11,”albumTotalCount”:21},{“caption”:”

Fury\u0027s Eye\r\nThe movie finally reveals exactly how Fury injured his eye in the MCU, with the truth being somewhat less glamorous than we would have expected from SHIELD\u0027s head honcho. In the comics, there are different explanations for Fury\u0027s injury depending on the universe in question. In the classic Marvel Universe, Fury was wounded by shrapnel from a German grenade. In the Ultimate Universe, he was caught in an explosion when a military convoy transporting a certain Weapon X test subject was blown up.”,”height”:625,”width”:1110,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/fury-eye-1552408792908.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/fury-eye-1552408792908_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”Captain Marvel: The Best Easter Eggs, References and Cameos”,”relativePosition”:12,”albumTotalCount”:21},{“caption”:”

Classic Colors\r\nWhen Monica helps Carol choose a new color scheme for her costume, some of the discarded choices pay homage to classic Captain Marvel outfits. The red and black scheme is an homage to Carol\u0027s original Ms. Marvel costume, while the white and green scheme pays tribute to Mar-Vell\u0027s first costume.”,”height”:914,”width”:1626,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/original-costume-1552408792917.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/original-costume-1552408792917_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”Captain Marvel: The Best Easter Eggs, References and Cameos”,”relativePosition”:13,”albumTotalCount”:21},{“caption”:”

Protector\r\nIn the film we learn Fury\u0027s original name for the Avengers Initiative was \u0022The Protector Initiative,\u0022 until getting a flash of inspiration after learning Carol\u0027s Air Force call-sign. The Protector Initiative could be a nod to Kree hero Noh-Varr. Though he originally called himself Marvel Boy, eventually Noh-Varr took up the mantle of Protector after joining the Avengers.”,”height”:900,”width”:1599,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/marvel-boy-1552408792912.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/marvel-boy-1552408792912_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”Captain Marvel: The Best Easter Eggs, References and Cameos”,”relativePosition”:14,”albumTotalCount”:21},{“caption”:”

Carol\u0027s Call-Sign\r\nWhile the movie certainly draws from the source material in terms of Carol\u0027s background as an Air Force pilot, she had a very different call-sign in the comics. There, she was dubbed Carol \u0022Cheeseburger\u0022 Danvers, after an embarrassing incident when she vomited up her lunch in a training simulator.”,”height”:585,”width”:1041,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/air-force-callsign-1552408792905.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/air-force-callsign-1552408792905_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”Captain Marvel: The Best Easter Eggs, References and Cameos”,”relativePosition”:15,”albumTotalCount”:21},{“caption”:”

Carol\u0027s Amnesia\r\nCarol battles a nasty case of amnesia in the movie, which is something her comic counterpart is all too familiar with. Most notably, Carol lost her memories and her powers after a battle with the energy-draining mutant Rogue. Even after Rogue\u0027s turn to good and life as an X-Man, the relationship between these two heroes has always been strained.”,”height”:1024,”width”:1821,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/rogue-1552408792917.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/rogue-1552408792917_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”Captain Marvel: The Best Easter Eggs, References and Cameos”,”relativePosition”:16,”albumTotalCount”:21},{“caption”:”

Goose the Flerken\r\nOne of the big twists in the film involves the reveal that Goose the cat is actually an alien called a Flerken. Goose is based on Chewie, Carol\u0027s pet cat who is also revealed to be an alien impostor in the comics. There it\u0027s Rocket Raccoon who spots the alien hiding in their midst.”,”height”:942,”width”:1676,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/flerken-1552408792907.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/flerken-1552408792907_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”Captain Marvel: The Best Easter Eggs, References and Cameos”,”relativePosition”:17,”albumTotalCount”:21},{“caption”:”

The Supreme Intelligence\r\nAt several points in the film, Carol is tormented by the Kree leader known as the Supreme Intelligence, which takes the form of Dr. Wendy Lawson in her mind. In the comics, the Supreme Intelligence usually appears in its true form, a giant, tentacled head housing one of the smartest brains in the entire universe.”,”height”:720,”width”:1280,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/supreme-intelligence-1552408792919.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/supreme-intelligence-1552408792919_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”Captain Marvel: The Best Easter Eggs, References and Cameos”,”relativePosition”:18,”albumTotalCount”:21},{“caption”:”

Monica Rambeau\r\nThe film sets the stage for another Marvel hero to make her debut in a future MCU movie. While Monica Rambeau is just a child in this movie, assuming the MCU follows the comics she\u0027ll eventually become a superhero in her own right. In the comics, Monica actually inherited the Captain Marvel mantle before Carol, and she\u0027s gone by other names like Photon and Spectrum. (Photon, of course, was Monica\u0027s mom Maria\u0027s call-sign in the movie.)”,”height”:864,”width”:1535,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/monica-rambeau-as-spectrum-1552408792915.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/monica-rambeau-as-spectrum-1552408792915_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”Captain Marvel: The Best Easter Eggs, References and Cameos”,”relativePosition”:19,”albumTotalCount”:21},{“caption”:”

Lieutenant Trouble\r\nCarol playfully refers to Monica as \u0022Lieutenant Trouble.\u0022 In the comics, Carol and Monica are much closer in age, and this nickname is reserved instead for a young girl named Kit Renner, who idolizes Carol.”,”height”:507,”width”:899,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/lt-trouble-1552408792911.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2019\/03\/12\/lt-trouble-1552408792911_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”Captain Marvel: The Best Easter Eggs, References and Cameos”,”relativePosition”:20,”albumTotalCount”:21}]’

Feige also discussed the Stan Lee tribute in Captain Marvel and that his team had “been told by people close to the Stan that he didn’t want people mourning or being sad, he wanted to celebrate.”

For more on Captain Marvel, find out where Captain Marvel ranks on the list of fastest MCU films to reach $200 million, read all about the best Easter Eggs, cameos, and secrets in the film, and learn all about the Tesseract and how it found its way into Captain Marvel.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN who can’t wait to see more of Captain Marvel’s adventures. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst.

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