Captain Marvel nearly had a really different helmet design during the epic battle in Avengers: Endgame. The Russo Brothers had to make a lot of decisions to keep the project moving and part of that was paying close attention to the smaller details. Part of those smaller details came into play when discussing Carol Danvers' role in the movie. Captain Marvel hit theaters in February and it takes place in the 1990s. Endgame starts in the current time, before jumping ahead five years, which means the climactic battle is around 20+ years after the Carol Danvers standalone movie.
Helmeted Captain Marvel that almost made it into Avengers: Endgame! @Russo_Brothers wanted something clearly different from her look in her solo film to show that time has passed. I enjoyed coming up with this new look. #captainmarvel#AvengersEndgame@brielarsonpic.twitter.com/diKh0Xh9CI— Andy Park (@andyparkart) December 19, 2019
Knowing that there were going to be some time jumps for Carol Danvers, the Russo Brothers were looking for a helmet design that would help imply that a decent amount of time has passed. This is a smart idea and is more than likely why the directing duo is so successful at what they do. Marvel Studios artist Andy Park was tasked with giving Danvers her new look, which ultimately did not end up getting used. As opposed to the helmet that completely covered the character's face, Park went with what looks like an oversized mask.
Andy Park's design shows off more of Carol Danvers' hair, while giving the overall look more of a current feel. Avengers: Endgame provides Marvel Cinematic Universe fans with further evidence of just how powerful Carol Danvers really is as she takes down Thanos' ship all by herself. However, it wasn't originally going to happen that way. The initial plan was to have the A-Force involved, making it a true team effort. Providing further evidence of this is Park's design work, which features Captain Marvel with a different helmet as she is surrounded by her fellow female heroes.
The A-Force scene was something that Avengers: Endgame screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely thought a lot about before leaving it in the movie. The climactic battle scene is huge with a ton of moving parts and characters. When able to have all of the female characters in one place, the screenwriters thought it would be a huge missed opportunity if they didn't go through with it. With that being said, they were fully aware that some might think they were pandering to the female members of the audience.
Brie Larson is currently preparing to make her return as Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel 2, though it's unclear when the sequel will be hitting theaters. However, the character's next standalone movie will not be in the MCU's Phase 4, which means a Phase 5 release date in a few years is likely. Details on the sequel are currently under wraps at this time, but we should get a better idea about a story and timeframe when the release gets announced, though Marvel Studios will more than likely keep everything under wraps until the movie hits theaters. You can check out the different helmet design below, thanks to Anthony Park's Twitter account.