WARNING: This post contains MAJOR SPOILERS for Avengers: Infinity War.
Avengers: Infinity War has one awesome end credits scene, which we're going to break down here: what does it means for Avengers 4 and other future Marvel movies? Ever since Nick Fury appeared in a scene after the Iron Man credits in 2008, post-credits teasers have become instrumental to Marvel Studios' sprawling superhero universe. Often, they're utilized to set up future movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, sometimes these scenes are simply humorous extensions of the movie - like Thor: Ragnarok's Grandmaster scene and Spider-Man: Homecoming's Captain America PSA outtakes.
Still, considering how monumental of event Avengers: Infinity War is said to be in the overarching narrative of the MCU, it was always bound to feature an end credits scene setting up a future movie. And, since Infinity War was originally the first half of a two-parter, it follows that it would set up Avengers 4, which is still untitled at this point. When the latest MCU movie began screening, we learned how many after-credits scenes Avengers: Infinity War has - just one, and it's all the way at the end of the credits. Now, we discuss this scene and what it means for future movies.
To sum up the end credits scene, before we dive into it, we see Nick Fury and Maria Hill driving along a city street in an SUV. They're stopped when another car swerves in front of them. However, when they get out of their vehicle and check to make sure everyone's OK, there's no one in the other car. They turn to see a helicopter crash into a building. Then, Maria begins to disintegrate into ash. Fury manages to pull something out of his bag from the car and he looks around to see other people disintegrating before he himself turns to ash. When the camera pans to the thing he pulled from his bag that has fallen on the ground, it turns out to be a modified pager. It reads, "Sending... Sending... Sending..." and then the Captain Marvel logo pops up.
Thanos Kills Half the Universe
As we saw during the proper end of the movie, Thanos was successful in completing his Infinity Gauntlet, using it to snap his fingers and wipe out half the universe. Thanos' motivations, as explained earlier in the film, were to bring balance to the universe by killing half its occupants. Since he's successful in doing so, the final sequences of Infinity War show various Avengers dying, disintegrating into ash before the eyes of their friends and teammates.
We won't go into the full list of everyone who dies in Avengers: Infinity War, but the way they disintegrate is the same way Maria and Fury do so in the end credits scene. This confirms that Thanos did, in fact, manage to wipe out half the universe with a snap of his fingers. However, as depicted in the end credits scene, half of Earth being wiped out plunges the half that's left into chaos. As drivers of cars and helicopters disappear, the vehicles they've left crash and cause destruction - and this is happening all around the world.
Of course, it's not just happening on Earth. Because of Thanos' desire to bring balance to the entire universe, this kind of chaos is spread everywhere. There isn't enough time at the end of Avengers: Infinity War to show chaos everywhere - even in the intergalactic locations fans have seen before - but the little bit we see on Earth gives viewers an idea of what exactly Thanos' finger snap means for the universe. Thankfully, those Avengers left standing will have some help dealing with the fallout.
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