The Woman in the Cave


One widely-spread and almost certainly incorrect guess is Nebula from Guardians of the Galaxy. Sure, the character is bald like the woman in the cave but her skin color appears visibly different. Plus Guardians director James Gunn has been outspoken about the fact that the Guardians and Avengers’ storylines will, for the most part, stay their own course:

Regarding the bigger picture, we all agreed on one thing, and that was to keep huge chunks of the Guardians separate from the Marvel heroes of earth, because they have a whole galaxy to explore. We wanted to use them as a way to make the MCU bigger, not smaller. We wanted to make sure they have their own mythos, as opposed to only one that is intertwined with the earthbound characters. They ARE connected, of course, but that connection would not be the purpose of their stories and fictional lives. When I’m asked about the Guardians and their future, and whether they’ll meet up with the Avengers I really don’t have all that much to say, because some of it isn’t decided yet, and I don’t want to give away what is decided


Wakandan Dora Milaje

Other Marvel readers believe the woman in the cave could be connected to The Black Panther. And why not? Even Marvel head Kevin Feige has said the African land of Wakanda plays a part in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and we all know thats where Black Panther resides. Could this mystery woman be part of the Dora Milaje, a group of women warriors tasked to protect the Wakandan royal family? This seems like the most likely explanation.


X-Men‘s Storm

Some commenters have said that the woman in the cave looks like X-Men‘s Storm, a character who has a huge comic book history with The Black Panther (including a backstory and eventual marriage). But of course Fox owns the right to that character so she couldn’t possibly appear in a Marvel Studios film. Marvel could always create a new character to serve as a stand-in for Storm, but this possibility seems rather very unlikely.



Avengers: Age of Ultron: ThorDeath is a character who has already been alluded to in previous Marvel Studio films. In the post-credits button scene for The Avengers, Thanos simply smiles after being told that challenging the Earth’s heroes would be to court Death. This theory, however ridiculous, comes from someone who noticed the shot, seen right, from the first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer.

Thor appears to be in the same cave location that features one of our mystery women. What could that mean? One suggestion, is that even if these women are not the same character, they both share a connection to Thor.  Some fans speculate that the woman could be Death and that Thor dies in a confrontation with her, which could be one of the hallucinations caused by Scarlet Witch. Remember that Thor’s storyline will eventually be headed towards Thor: Ragnarok, which is due in 2017. So we have some idea of where his character is headed.


Shuri brings up this possibility for the woman in the cave, pointing to the headgear’s possible feline shape.

With T’Challa set to debut in Captain America: Civil War, it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibilities for groundwork to be laid in Age of Ultron. An appearance by T’Challa’s younger sister and future Black Panther Shuri would certainly provide said groundwork. Ulysses S. Claw was featured prominently in the previous trailer as well as this one. The super villain has a long history with the Wakandans in the comics given that he assassinated T’Challa and Shuri’s father, T’Chaka. The princess tracking down her father’s murderer would be an excellent setup for Civil War as well as 2017’s Black Panther.

Of the Black Panther tie-in possibilities, I think this one is least likely.


What Do You Think?

There is a possibility that the character(s) is a new creation invented for this particular story, but it seems more likely that Marvel is incorporating one of the over 7,000 comic book characters in their library — I mean, why not? There’s a huge possibility that the woman (women) are character(s) from the Marvel comic book universe that we haven’t mentioned in this article.

Out of all the possibilities, for the woman in the cave at least, a connection to Black Panther seems most likely. We know that film is set up in this one, we know that film is coming and maybe the pool is some kind of building block to vibranium. Of course, anything is possible but the lady in the cave is most likely someone from Wakanda, Africa. At least, that’s what we think.

Which characters did we not mention? Which possibilities did we miss? What do you think the true identity of this/these character(s) is? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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