Captain Marvel director Anna Boden explained why she and co-director Ryan Fleck used the Tesseract to give Carol Danvers her powers.
Speaking with Empire, Boden initially questioned, “Do we really need to create a whole new energy source for her to gain her powers?”
She then points to the fact that the United States government already has the Tesseract in their possession.
“Our thought was that they had gotten this thing, but they didn’t know anything about it,” Boden says.
“They just kind of had it lying around somewhere at S.H.I.E.L.D., and [Mar-Vell] was able to use it to create her lightspeed engine at Pegasus. Only her as an alien would even know it had all this power, and figure out how to harness it.”
This is a major retcon from Captain America: The First Avenger.
Yes, the United States government had possession of the Tesseract. If you remember Howard Stark recovers it while they are searching for Steve Rogers.
Not only did the government have possession of the Tesseract, but they also had a pretty good idea that it was the source of the weapons being used by Red Skull’s Hydra soldiers. In case, you forgot there’s a whole movie about Captain America fighting Hydra soldiers wielding Tesseract weapons. Here’s a clip of Howard Stark already working on reverse engineering Hydra’s weapons.
Boden’s explanation doesn’t pass the sniff test based on what we saw in Captain Marvel either. The Tesseract had actually been removed from Earth by Mar-Vell. I find it really hard to believe that the United States government would allow anyone to remove the Tesseract from one of their black sites. However, that is the case in Captain Marvel as the Tesseract is hidden on Mar-Vell’s cloaked space ship.
We also know from the Avengers that S.H.I.E.L.D. was actively researching the Tesseract and had developed similar weapons to Red Skull’s Hydra.
In fact, S.H.I.E.L.D. had been working with Hydra scientist Arnim Zola as revealed in Captain America: Winter Soldier.
And speaking of Arnim Zola, the fact the character exists completely refutes Boden’s idea that Mar-Vell as an alien would be the only one who knew about the Tesseract and how to harness it. Arnim Zola had already done it in Captain America: The First Avenger. He was a human, not an alien!
What do you make of Boden’s comments about the Tesseract?