I was watching the first episode of another mecha anime I haven't seen in ages (I'd missed the first episode when it aired on the late, lamented TechTV), Rah-Xephon, and I realized that the scenes towards the end had a lot in common with Captain Marvel's origin. The hero (Ayato, Billy) follows a stranger onto a subway train to an unknown stop ("Xephon Temple", secret cavern) and winds up gaining great power (a mobile suit, a magic word).
If you ever get the chance, check out Rah-Xephon. You'll be amazed.
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