I have some Thoughts on our two Captains. The similarities and differences between Carol Danvers and Steve Rogers.
This will probably be a bit long and rambly and there’s a chance for spoilers, so, consider yourself forewarned.
Both Steve and Carol were born with Fight Me in their veins, and dismissed by the world around them.
Now, one big difference is that, aside from boot camp, Steve became a soldier after he got the serum. Of course, his time in boot showed he was different, but aside from that he didn’t really have the army experience until he got the serum.
On the other hand, Carol did join the military, became a pilot. And she did it all on her own, no matter the obstacles. She got powered up AFTER all of that time and experience.
After his brief stage career, Steve did get his chance to fight. After that, I strongly suspect people looked at Steve, saw the physique and just assumed he was in charge. He was expected to lead, so he did. He was expected to know how to fight, so he did. Most of what he learned he probably learned on the job.
For Carol, people always looked at her and saw ‘girl’ first. People didn’t expect her to be an airman. People certainly wouldn’t have expected her to be a pilot. She probably had to scratch and fight for every inch because nobody was going to give her anything.
Now Steve did have some of that, growing up a scrawny, sickly kid in Brooklyn, but I bet once Steve was buff nobody ever tried to take something from him and try to carry it because it was ‘too heavy.’ Nobody ever told Steve to smile more. Nobody ever assumed he couldn’t do his job.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Steve had some imposter syndrome from time to time. Because he wasn’t trained for any of this, not really. But Carol has all of the training, US Military and Kree.
So I’m going to be interested to see them work together. Carol was clearly reveling in her newfound powers at the end of her movie. She’s had time now to get used to them. They have some similarities, but it’s Carol with the greater military experience. And the greater powers.
(Plus she can fly a plane)