Captain Marvel is one of the strongest superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She was the game-changer in Avengers: Endgame, and she got a standalone movie. But, what stands out about Carol Danvers the most is her intelligence and confident personality.
Here are the 21 most memorable Captain Marvel quotes from both the MCU and the comics.
Captain Marvel Quotes from “Captain Marvel”
Captain Marvel movie revolved around the origin story of the character. Carol Danvers was a military pilot before an accident gave her Captain Marvel powers. The movie truly got to the core of her character, and Danvers delivered some awesome quotes that show who she is.
“If there are lives at stake, I’ll fly the plane.”
Sometimes, being a hero doesn’t necessarily mean being superhuman. Carol Danvers was a hero even before she became Captain Marvel. Being an Air Force pilot, she volunteered on a dangerous mission, even though everybody knew it meant putting your life at stake.
She’s moral, altruistic, and her will to sacrifice herself for the greater good is a big reason why Captain Marvel is a true superhero. But, it doesn’t stop with saving only humans. When Danvers got cosmic powers, she was doing the same thing on a thousand other planets, going around the universe, helping wherever she could.
“This isn’t about fighting wars. It’s about ending them.”
While this quote isn’t directly from Carol Danvers, but rather her late mentor Mar-Vell, it’s truly a quote that Captain Marvel took to heart and lived by. Mar-Vell was a Kree scientist that lived on Earth before, and after Danvers got her powers, Mar-Vell guided her.
Let’s face it – Carol has unfathomable powers, but this goes to show that she doesn’t want to use those powers to beat everybody, fight in wars, and conquer, as she realistically could if she wanted to. Instead, she wants to use them for the greater good and end wars all across the universe.
The mentorship she received from Mar-Vell also led her to save the Skrulls when they desperately needed help.
“I’m not gonna fight your war. I’m going to end it.”
As a confirmation of what I said earlier, Carol shows how much Mar-Vell’s words shaped her into the superhero she is. As Captain Marvel finds herself in the middle of a Kree vs. Skrull war, she knows that her intervention is needed.
But, instead of wanting to fight, she wants the war to end, even though she would probably be the strongest warrior on the battlefield.
“I have nothing to prove to you.”
Okay, this one is still giving me chills. The quote might be the most powerful one from Carol in the entire movie, as Yon-Rogg tries to manipulate Captain Marvel to fight him, telling her to prove herself if she’s that mighty.
But, she’s not here to play games, and she has nothing to prove to anybody, as Captain Marvel knows her worth without needing someone’s affirmation.
Being the first MCU movie with a leading female role, this quote also resonated symbolically on our society and women.
“I’ve been fighting with one arm behind my back. What happens when I’m finally set free?”
You can interpret this quote in so many ways, which is why I’d choose it as my number one quote of the film. Captain Marvel had an inhibitor in her neck, preventing her from using her powers to the full extent. It’s as if she had been suffocated and fought with an arm tied behind her back.
But, when she manages to get rid of the inhibitor, allowing her to use her full power, she breaks from her chains and shows just how powerful she is.
Again, many people found themselves in the quote, and the situation, where social injustice shackles them from the get-go, but once they manage to break free of the societal constraints, they thrive.
“Higher, further, faster, baby.”
I feel like I say this for every Carol Danvers quote, but she’s such a layered character; it’s no wonder I do – this quote had more than one meaning and truly showed what kind of a person Danvers was.
When you look at it out of context, it just shows what Carol is all about – always going one hundred percent and wholeheartedly. She always pushes her limits and expects others to do the same.
When you learn that the quote was a response to her friend Maria saying: “About to show these boys how we do it. You ready?”, the quote gets an even deeper meaning. It’s a strong women empowerment message to all the women who feel like they have to compete and struggle with knowing their worth.
“You are right. I’m only human.”
Although she’s got amazing powers, Carol Danvers is still just a human being. She has emotions, fears, and ambitions, regardless of her newfound cosmic powers that make her superhuman.
She realizes that when the Kree and the Supreme Intelligence try to deceive her from unleashing her full potential, telling her, she’s nothing but a human.
For a while, Carol believed them she wasn’t nearly as strong as they are, but in reality, all she needed to do was to shake off their words and just be herself. That’s when she delivers the quote, “You’re right. I’m only human.”, and then lets all of her power out, now fighting at full strength.
“You don’t know me. You have no idea who I am.”
Danvers had been told lies about herself almost her entire life, and when she finally started to realize that and remember her past, she was done with everybody telling her who she was or what she could do. Nobody really knows you but yourself, and nobody has the right to judge you or tell you what you’re supposed to be like.
This quote hits right on the money for everybody who’s feeling like others are judging them but knowing nothing about them and who they are. Society has a way of marginalizing individuals and putting us all into groups, and it’s on you to ignore it, jump out of the box, and just be yourself.
“(Tell the Supreme Intelligence) I’m coming to end it. The war, the lies, all of it.”
When Carol finally broke from her chains and unleashed her full power, she had the opportunity to kill Yon-Rogg on the spot. But instead, she lets him live and sends him back to the Supreme Intelligence to deliver a message.
She wants no part in their games and lies anymore. Danvers is determined to end it all, and she’ll stop at nothing to do it. It’s a strong testament to her character, as she could’ve simply off him and gone on with her life. However, she just cares too much and can’t let them get away with everything.
Captain Marvel Quotes from “Avengers: Endgame”
After we get to know who Captain Marvel is and her relationship with Nick Fury, she finally joins the team in the Avengers: Endgame movie. Although I would’ve loved seeing and hearing more from her in the movie, she still delivered some awesome quotes that everybody can relate to.
“Because before, you didn’t have me.”
The events of Infinity War are far behind. Thanos had won and wiped out half the universe with a snap of his fingers, and those Avengers that survived are trying to find a way to reverse what happened and return everybody.
It’s an unfathomable task, but this time, the odds are slightly better for the Avengers. Why? Well, they got the ultimate backup.
As the Hulk, War Machine, and Captain Marvel talk about the battle in front of them, War Machine asks: “If we do this, how do we know it’s gonna end any differently than it did before?” and gets the perfect response from Carol: “Because before, you didn’t have me.”
Danvers knows her worth and power – she is a game-changer, and luckily for the entire universe, she was right.
“Hi, Peter Parker. You got something for me?”
This powerful scene gave us a nice comedic break in a highly stressful do-or-die situation. Spider-Man barely keeps himself alive, holding the Infinity Gauntlet in his hands.
Luckily, Captain Marvel arrives to take it over. It was the first time they met face to face, so our friendly, polite Spidey introduced himself. Carol answers with this polite, humorous quote and takes the Gauntlet off of Peter’s hands, and with that, takes away the target from his back.
This was actually a quote from a post-credit scene in Captain Marvel, but it directly relates to the Endgame. This was the first time we’ve seen Captain Marvel and the Avengers together in the same room.
Fury paged her to return to Earth before evaporation into thin air. When Carol arrived at the Avengers headquarters, she met Captain America, War Machine, Hulk, and Black Widow. Neither did they know who she was, nor did she know them.
The scene was iconic in so many ways because even though she was in another world, probably in another galaxy, she responded to Fury’s calls just as she promised.
“There are a lot of other planets in the universe, and unfortunately, they didn’t have you guys.”
Carol cares for life way beyond humanity. She’s genuinely noble and wants to help those who are the weakest. In a conversation with War Machine, Captain America, Hulk, and Black Widow, War Machine asks her: “If you don’t mind me asking, where the hell have you been all this time?”
She gives him the perfect response in this quote. The Earth was blessed to have the Avengers defend it, but many worlds don’t have a team of superheroes protecting them, yet they have to deal with the same threats as Earth. Captain Marvel was their only hope, and she delivered whenever and wherever she could.
Captain Marvel Quotes from “What If…?”
The “What if…?” animated series gave us a glimpse into the Multiverse – a place of endless possibilities where only one small choice can lead to a ripple in reality, creating a completely alternative universe. Carol Danvers appeared in three episodes in Season 1 of the show. While she didn’t have many quotes, the ones she had were pretty powerful in one way or another.
“You can’t win.”
The “You can’t win” quote was directed towards Ultron, who had won in this alternate universe and hot his hands on all six Infinity Stones. When Carol says that, Ultron responds with “I already have.” and destroys the planed Xandar along with Captain Marvel on it.
While she sacrificed and Ultron seemingly won, the quote is so powerful because, in the end, he could never win – their bonds were too strong, and the Avengers eventually defeated Ultron with some help from the Watcher. They weren’t even heroes from the same universes, but they still managed to outwit and defeat the unbeatable machine.
“Listen, Skynet, I’ve seen the killer robot movie, and I gotta say, I really don’t think it needs a sequel.”
This quote from Captain Marvel was also directed towards Ultron, but it was such a funny comic relief I genuinely laughed. Ultron was going crazy, trying to obliterate the multiverse, when Danvers delivered this quote.
I totally agree; one killer robot movie was enough. No need to repeat it in real life, right?
“So, where’s the fight?”
Earth had lost its mightiest heroes in this episode, as the Avengers got killed one by one. Still, as the Watcher says, hope never dies, as long as someone keeps their good eye on the bigger picture (pun intended towards Fury’s one good eye).
Fury called her to come back to Earth, and even in this universe, she knows that he doesn’t call without reason. So, before she even says hello, she delivers the quote, “So, where’s the fight?”.
Captain Marvel Quotes from Comics
Now that we’ve covered the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I wondered if the movie character resembles the comic book version of Captain Marvel. Oh yes, it does – here are some of the best quotes I could find in the comics to prove it.
“You screwed up, Avengers. That’s human.”
I loved this quote so much because, even though Captain Marvel has such enormous power, she still knows that nobody’s perfect. And, she delivers that thought to the Avengers, explaining that even though they are all superheroes, most of them have superhuman powers – they all have a human side.
Being wrong, screwing up – it’s all human. But, she continues the quote, saying that the ability to learn, grow, and mature from one’s mistakes is also human. Their mistake led to a lot of pain for her, but she was willing to forgive because everybody makes mistakes. She knows it the best, as she made a ton of them, too, but it’s important to make them worth it.
The quote is from Avengers Annual #10.
“I am willing to die here today for this cause.”
This quote from Captain Marvel Vol. 8 #2 was as powerful as it sounds. In the comic, Captain Marvel stands before the settlers of Torfa, defending them from a huge threat. Although they aren’t her kind, she says she stands with them as one and will defend them at any cost – even her life.
“They are a peaceful people, but I am a woman of war,” she says. She doesn’t love to fight, but she will destroy the enemy if that means fighting for what is right. That’s why I love the character so much.
“All we have to be is fearless.”
This Captain Marvel quote about being fearless, coincidentally, comes from the Fearless #4 issue. The complete quote goes, “We are capable of so much more than we think we are. All we have to do is reach for it. All we have to be is fearless.” The quote truly resonated with me, translating to our everyday lives.
You don’t have to be anything that society forces you to be. You can do anything you set your mind on doing. Don’t ever believe you can’t or shouldn’t try to become the person you want to be. Humans are capable of so much more, both as individuals and humanity as a whole.
Put in the effort, work for what you want, and never be afraid to reach for the stars. One day, you’ll reach them because you can never fail if you know you tried as hard as you could.
“Even with my back against the wall – I don’t give up.”
No matter what you throw at her – even if the odds are stacked against her, Captain Marvel will never give up. It’s a powerful quote from Ms. Marvel Vol. 1 #17 that testifies her character and resonates with our everyday lives.
Never give up on your dreams, hopes, or goals. It can get hard, and you can feel like your back is against the wall and that there’s simply too much trouble to overcome. But, if you keep trying, pushing, and giving yourself completely to the goal you wish to accomplish, you can never fail. Either you succeed, or you learn.
“This isn’t a question of what I’m not. This is a question of who I could be.”
This awesome quote refers to a specific situation from Giant-Size Ms. Marvel Vol. 1 #1. However, if you take it out of the context of the situation, it has an even deeper meaning.
You should never think about what you can’t do, what you’re not. The only thing you should care about is what you can become and what you could be. If you set your mind on being the best at something, you shouldn’t care that you’re not already there. Instead, work hard, try harder, and eventually, you can be whoever you want to be.
Captain Marvel is an incredibly inspirational character that hits the nail on the head when it comes to a morally sound life philosophy. I hope we haven’t seen the last of her in the MCU because I loved how Brie Larson gave life to the character, and Captain Marvel has so much more to offer to the fans.