What a Marvellous scene.
Avengers: Infinity War has just one post-credits scene and it comes right at the end. As Avengers: Infinity War is now opening in theaters worldwide, we’ve broken down everything that happens so it goes without saying this article and the above video are going to be overflowing with SPOILERS. For more on Infinity War, read up on why Bruce Banner has a Hulk problem in the film.
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The only thing we see after the mid-credits is a shot of the Avengers: Infinity War title turning into ash and blowing away. Then after all the credits have finished (and there’s a lot of them), we hear the familiar voice of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, who’s in a car with Cobie Smulders’ Maria Hill. We learn there’s a search for Tony Stark underway and hear Fury has been trying to get in contact with ‘Klein’, which is this SHIELD agent we’ve seen in multiple Avengers movies.
We see the results of Thanos’ purge take shape as a driverless car crashes in front of them and a helicopter smashes into a building. We then see Hill start to turn to ash, and before he can say motherf***er, Fury suffers the same fate.
A sad end for Shield’s finest but we also see that before he turns to ash, Fury desperately tries to contact someone using an old school pager which had been seriously modified. The pager falls to the ground and we see it apparently reach its contact, as the Captain Marvel insignia and signature colours flash on its little screen.
So, what does all this all mean?
Well, if you don’t know, there’s been many incarnations of the character but the Captain Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Carol Danvers who will be played by Brie Larson. While we don’t yet know what powers she’ll have in the MCU, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige told us in an interview back in 2016 that “she will be by far the most powerful character” they’ve introduced in a movie.
In the comics she’s been known to have superhuman strength, she can fly and she’s got a ‘cosmic awareness’ which allows her to anticipate the moves of her opponent. She can also absorb energy to make herself even more powerful, fire photonic blasts from her hands and did we mention she’s a human who’s fused with Kree DNA? You know the Kree, that race of blue aliens who’re scientifically and technologically advanced.
In the MCU you’ll know the Kree as the people who forced a young Yondu into battle slavery for 20 years before Stakar freed him and remember Ronan the Accuser – the baddie from the first Guardians of the Galaxy? – he was also a Kree. We’ve got a further link to the Guardians in the form of the character Mar-Vell – who Danvers gets her powers from in the comics – because we saw a glimpse of Mar-Vell’s home planet Hala in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
During IGN’s visit to the set of Infinity War, we learned that Captain Marvel was originally going to appear in the film but the directors Joe and Anthony Russo changed their minds, leading to her role being cut down to her appearing solely in beeper form.
The character will however head-up her own film which will be released in 2019. The film will be set in the 90s and according to Feige is going to be a “unique and inspiring” origin story and will feature a young Nick Fury who still has both eyes.
In an interview with Variety, Feige said that Fury will encounter things in the Captain Marvel movie that will “set him on a path that leads us to where we are 19 films later”. This would suggest that the Captain Marvel film may reveal why Fury has the cosmic pager and may even clue us in as to why Fury’s never thought of contacting Captain Marvel before everyone started turning into dust. We’re pretty sure she would’ve come in handy during that little Battle in New York.
Feige has also revealed that Captain Marvel will “prove to be a very important character in the MCU for all the movies”, hinting that there could be a very important reason that we’ll get to learn all about her on March 8th – just one month before the Infinity War sequel comes out.
If you can’t wait that long though, we recommend boning up on some essential Captain Marvel storylines like Volume 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More just like Brie Larson revealed she was doing way back in August 2016.
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Editor’s note: in an early version of this article we incorrectly reported Nick Fury said “Clint” instead of “Klein.” We regret the error.