At the end of Captain Marvel, we find out that the reason Danvers's powers are so strong is that

they are drawn directly from the Tesseract, AKA one of the Infinity Stones.

However, early on in Avengers: Endgame,

Thanos destroys all of the Infinity Stones.

At first glance, it appears that this should have depowered Captain Marvel before she was ever even able to make it to the first fight scene she took part in. Do we have any good explanation for why that didn't happen?

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    See this answer to a very very similar question on SFF.
    – Jenayah
    Apr 29, 2019 at 12:06
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    Indeed, it's specifically stated in Captain Marvel that she absorbed the energy from the power source. Not that the stone continues to provide power. Carol actually says that the "blast" gave her the powers.
    – Paulie_D
    Apr 29, 2019 at 12:14
  • @Jenayah I saw that question. I pointed out that it would be a massive plothole if Thanos wasn't able to trivially depower her in the (back then still unreleased) Endgame, and now that it's out, I don't see how anything has changed on that front. Apr 29, 2019 at 14:43
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    @MasonWheeler I don't get it? The source being destroyed doesn't mean depowerment, as they don't need it anymore?
    – Jenayah
    Apr 29, 2019 at 14:54
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    @MasonWheeler the entire MCU is "immensely problematic for multiple reasons" but I strongly disagree that a link from the stone that she draws power through makes more sense. That makes less sense than her simply being give power by the stone in the blast.Peter Parker doesn't continue to draw his abilities from the spider that bit him.
    – Rob K
    Apr 29, 2019 at 16:39

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Even though you have gained power from something, it doesn't always mean that you will lose it once it is destroyed. Captain Marvel acquired her powers from a warp drive (powered by Tessaract) which was destroyed, and she still had her powers.

There are many examples of this where there is no need of source lying around to make their powers work. For example, that radioactive spider from Spider-Man, or Shazam after he gave his powers to Billy.

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    @MasonWheeler "so containing the power should destroy her." however even in the flash back of that group using the Power Stone and that slave girl of Taneleer Tivan's they didn't die right away and Carol did have something suppressing her power for years. also keep in mind that those who were destroyed from the Power Stone held it without a container while the Space Stone was in it's container much like the Reality Stone with Malekith and Jane and the Power Stone with Ronan so one could suspect the power is lesser when in a container
    – Memor-X
    Apr 29, 2019 at 15:01
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    @MasonWheeler it could be that the power doesn't work as a "limited" battery but that she constantly re-fuels. Photon chemistry inside her body or stuff, it's comics science after all :-)
    – Jenayah
    Apr 29, 2019 at 15:48
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    In addition, Wanda (Scarlet Witch) and her brother (Quicksilver) were shown in an end credits scene of The Winter Soldier where their powers were received from Loki's staff, which contained the mind stone. As we saw, Wanda was also not affected by the destruction of the stones, though granted, she was absent from the timeline when the stones were destroyed.
    – AForsberg
    Apr 29, 2019 at 18:58
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    Ehem...What about Asgard being the power source of both Thor and Hela? Apr 29, 2019 at 19:18
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    @Memor-X Well, obviously you're wrong about all that because that's not what happens. What sort of answer are you expecting? The stone gave her permanent power Apr 29, 2019 at 19:52

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