Captain Marvel’s Ending Explained

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Warning: This post contains MAJOR SPOILERS for Captain Marvel.

Captain Marvel's ending changes the MCU's past and sets up more adventures for the future. Set in 1995, the Carol Danvers solo movie starring Brie Larson sees Kree Starforce member "Vers" her crash landing on Earth and discovering she had a past life here. With some help from a young Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Carol quickly realizes that there is more to her and the Kree-Skrull war she's been fighting than she was previously told.

As Captain Marvel flies towards its ending, many reveals are made. Carol learns that she gained her abilities by absorbing energy from an explosion involving an engine powered by the Tesseract. It was even her presumed mentor Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) who took her from Earth in order to turn her into a Kree super weapon who can help them win the war against the Skrulls. Once she was on their home planet of Hala, the Kree manipulated her memories to make her side with them and fight the Skrulls. However, Carol learns that they are not the evil shape-shifting race she thought, and that her old mentor on Earth, the Kree scientist Mar-Vell aka Dr. Wendy Lawson (Annette Bening), was actually helping protect them and decides to do the same.

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Once Yon-Rogg discovers that Carol is working with the Skrulls, he tells Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) to come to Earth and wipe them out. After a quick scuffle, Captain Marvel discovers the true might of her powers and single handily stops the Kree attack and forces Ronan to go back to Hala. She then easily takes down Yon-Rogg and sends him back there too. But what happens after Captain Marvel's ending, and what does it mean for the future of the MCU? Let's dive in.

Captain Marvel Leaves To Fight For The Skrulls

Captain Marvel Flies From Earth

Carol discovers in Captain Marvel that the Skrulls are a largely peaceful race, who they say have been forced into this war by the Kree - who destroyed their home planet. She decides to work with their leader Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) to find Dr. Lawson's cloaked laboratory floating in space above Earth. She thinks the mission is just to get the Tesseract, but once they are in the lab, she discovers that it is also housing several Skrull families, including Talos'. Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch) and Fury help get the Skrulls out of the lab and away from the Starforce, with Carol serving as their ultimate protector.

Once the Skrulls are safe and sound, Talos must figure out what comes next for them. They've previously been living on Torfa posing as locals of the planet in order to try and hide from the Kree, but Talos explains that there are thousands of other Skrulls hiding throughout the galaxy. Carol agrees to leave Earth with the Skrulls to follow in the footsteps of her old mentor, help them rescue other members of their race, and find a new place to call home.

What Happens To The Kree After Captain Marvel

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At the end of Captain Marvel, the Kree's plans have largely been foiled. They helped train Carol to be a tide-turning piece in the war against the Skrulls, but she turned against them. Ronan and his fleet of Accusers all went back to Hala, with Ronan claiming they'll one day return to take Carol - but that is currently an empty promise. Yon-Rogg is also sent back to Hala as a failure, and the Starforce is in bad shape - with Minn-Erva (Gemma Chan) dying in combat and the fates of Bron-Char (Rune Temte) and Att-Lass (Algenis Soto) unclear. With their commander embarrassed and war lost, this result helps explain the major changes to the Kree empire that followed.

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In the MCU, the Kree's story after Captain Marvel isn't touched on again until Guardians of the Galaxy. The space opera takes place 19 years later, where we learn that the Kree have attempted to stop their warring ways and have signed a peace treaty with the Nova Empire, who they've been fighting for the last thousand years. This does not sit well with all members of the race though, and resulted in Ronan becoming a radical of the empire. Korath (Djimon Hounsou) follows him in this quest to maintain the ancient laws of the Kree. Their own quest for power through the Power Stone results in their downfalls, while the larger Kree empire still attempts to maintain peace.

In Captain Marvel, Carol tells Yon-Rogg to deliver a message that she will return to Hala and put an end to the lies and war the Supreme Intelligence has allowed, but it is not known if she has made good on this promise yet, or if this will come to the Kree in the future.

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Key Release Dates
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
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