[When I went to write the last post, I discovered the nearly completed draft of this one. I’m finishing it up now, with any new thoughts included in square brackets. Once again relevant sections are written before seeing Frozen 2.]
So, there’s a fan theory I came across that hypothesizes that Frozen is a very early prequel to The Incredibles. [Sorry, I couldn’t seem to find the source for this theory again, so no link.] While that theory doesn’t quite work for me, it does have some interesting points. While contemplating this theory, it occurred to me that Disney owns Marvel, opening up the possibility that the Modern Era Princess Movies are leading up to the stealth creation of a team based on (but not identical to) the Avengers Unity team (aka Uncanny Avengers). To expound upon this possibility, I’ll be examining the relevant movies one at a time.
A lot of the information about Anna’s powers was mentioned in The Incredibles prequel theory, but there are some other points that were not included there. The other theory mentions that Anna has super-strength, super-agility, and is incredibly light weight. They listed quite a few examples of super strength, but I’ll just mention two of them: uprooting a tree to fight Marshmallow and pulling Kristoff up a cliff. I’d throw in super-durability based on the various fight/flight scenes she is in. Super agility can be seen multiple times as she is dodging around obstacles or maintains improbably good balance. We can see that Anna is incredibly light weight in how easily both Hans and Kristoff pick her up and in the fact that she hovers/glides when she jumps on the couch – it would not take much for her to be able to fly. While it is true that this is by no means a unique power set, it does bring one hero in particular to mind – Anna has a toned down version of the same powers as Rogue permanently absorbed from the original Ms. Marvel. Add to the power similarity the similar names – Princess Anna / Anna Marie, and both having mid-to-dark hair with a splash of white. But what about Rogue’s primary power you ask – I’ll come back to that.
When looking at Elsa’s power, at first they seem to be run of the mill ice powers, ala Iceman, but closer examination reveals more. Elsa’s Cryokinesis extends far beyond simple creation and manipulation of ice and snow to full on control of weather and possibly seasons on a national (if not planetary) scale. Examining uses of her powers on a less grand scale, she can apparently give ice material properties ir doesn’t usually have based on her ability to make Cloth of Ice. The existence of Olaf and Marshmallow demonstrate that she is either capable of creating intelligent speaking (insert Qui-Gon quote here) lifeforms or she can summon ice elementals and permanently bind them to the material plane. And then of course, there is healing Anna from being an ice statue or giving her a True Res or whatever that was. Even her “normal” use of ice powers have incredibly fine detail despite the grand scale of some of her creations.
Control and Absorption
So, Elsa is shown to be incredibly powerful and has control over fine details of her power usage even at the beginning of the movie, but she struggles to control when and how much her power is released for most of the movie. Looking more closely, Elsa first begins to have trouble when Anna is knocked out by Elsa’s powers. She isn’t seen to be back in control until after she uses her powers to True Res Anna near the end of the movie. Even when she is struggling to control the release of her powers, she still has control over the intricate details of intentional uses of her power. While the standard interpretation is that this is a psychological/emotional block on Elsa’s part, the alternative is that the lack of control is because Anna’s powers were not functioning. This theory would mean that Elsa has too much power to control and that Anna was subconsciously absorbing off her sister’s excess power. When Anna was hit in the head, it disrupted her ability to absorb Elsa’s powers. Because the chief troll did not know that Anna had powers, he didn’t check to make sure that they were functioning properly. As a result, Anna was not able to absorb Elsa’s excess power until after Elsa heals her from being fully turned to ice.
Like her cousin Anna, Rapunzel is surprisingly strong and light weight, but her main ability is more like the boosts to her cousin Elsa’s power. While we never see her create a living creature, she can extend life and heal and even provide a true res like Elsa does. While I don’t know of any Avengers with healing others as a primary power, Synapse can use her Psionic powers to heal other people. Tangled does show evidence that Rapunzel can affect the emotional state of those around her (a potential use of psionic abilities) as seen in the “I’ve Got a Dream” sequence and the scene where she institutes the truce between Maximus and Flynn.
This one is kind of obvious – Merida is a Hawkeye analogue. Merida’s athletic and archery stunts are at least as impressive as anything I’ve seem Barton do. (Seriously go watch the “Touch the Sky” sequence – that’s a longbow (one of the more difficult types of bows to master) – not a modern compound bow (like Barton uses) or a short bow (like most mounted archers used).)
PRINCESS AND THE FROG
This one is a bit difficult, as I’ve not seen the full movie… [I have now, my following observations still stand.] From what I did see she doesn’t have any special powers at the end but she does have a no nonsense attitude. This could make her an ideal candidate for the elderly Steve Rodgers (Uncanny Avengers)/Nick Fury (MCU) type role.
Ok, so this movie hadn’t come out when I started writing this, but since I’m just getting around to finishing this post, I may as well add her in. So Moana doesn’t have any super powers of her own, but she does have very powerful friends (Maui, Te Fiti, the Ocean). In spite of lacking powers of her own, she has no qualms facing off against powerful enemies (Tamatoa, Te Kā), jumping into dangerous mysterious places (Lalotai), and scolding/reprimanding incredibly powerful beings (Maui). She is looking like a good analogue for Agent Coulson and/or Agent May.]
PRE-MODERN ERA PRINCESSES
I can’t really see any of the Classic Era Princess joining a super hero(ine) team, but at least some of the Renaissance Era Princesses might. Not going to devote the time to finding Marvel analogues, just a quick observation. Ariel and Belle (as much as I love her) don’t really seem up to super-hero-ing. Mulan on the other hand definitely could. If you count the Aladdin TV series as canon, then Jasmine is another definite yes, otherwise put her as a maybe along with Pocahontas. If they pull from the unofficial princesses, Kida, Megara, and an older version of Eilonwy are three strong candidates.
While I do believe that Olaf and Jar Jar Binks are at basically the same level of intelligence. Olaf is not annoying except in Frozen 2. On the other hand, Jar Jar was most annoying in Phantom Menace causing the irritation with the character to carry forward to subsequent appearances.