It’s less than six months now until Captain Marvel introduces the villainous Skrulls to the MCU, but thanks to the remarkable shape-shifting abilities of this alien race, it’s quite possible that they’ve already made an appearance in the franchise and we just didn’t know it. But when transforming into a sweet old lady isn’t an option, our heroes have often relied on a much simpler method of blending into the crowd.
A new Reddit post draws attention to an amusing trend in Marvel movies that’s continued by Carol Danvers’ screen debut. In a single image, a user has compiled stills of seven different superheroes who’ve worn a baseball cap when they were trying to be sneaky.
Going clockwise from the top-left, the characters featured here are Sam Wilson, Wanda Maximoff, Scott Lang, Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers, Carol Danvers and Tony Stark. Between Captain Marvel and Avengers 4, next year looks to signal a passing of the torch in the Marvel universe, but it seems that some traditions never die.
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Ironically, Scott himself has previously observed the ineffectiveness of this ‘disguise,’ pointing out in Ant-Man and the Wasp that “We look like ourselves at a baseball game.” Still, if the trope has helped everyone from the Winter Soldier to Scarlet Witch seem like normal, everyday people, then who’s Carol to question the method?
Speaking of which, Ms. Danvers herself has done a pretty effective job of staying under the radar, with the events of her ‘90s-set movie apparently going undetected by the wider population for these last couple of decades. We’ll find out what secret adventures she and a young Nick Fury embark on though when Captain Marvel comes out on March 8th, 2019, before Carol’s finally introduced to the rest of her cap-wearing peers in Avengers 4 on May 3rd.