4. Captain Marvel Goes Binary
Carol Danver spends most of the film having her powers reined in, either by her own insecurities and uncertainty, or by the Kree device apparently embedded in her neck to keep her from becoming too powerful for them to control. But when the movie reaches its climactic battle, and Carol decides the time has come to unleash all the power infused into her by Mar-Vell's light speed engine, the gloves don't just come off... they burn off. And make way for a version of Captain Marvel fans may not have dreamed they would actually see.
For the record, Captain Marvel still looks like herself most of the time in comics, even when wielding her powers at maximum level. But when pushed to an even higher level, Carol Danvers became something else entirely in the comics: Binary. Taking the form of a flaming warrior is one thing on the comic book page, but seeing Carol Danvers become Binary in the MCU is a sight to behold, as she makes short work of a Kree bombing run once upgrading her output.
3. Mid-Credits Scene: Carol Meets The Avengers
Continuing the tradition of Marvel movies using their credits scenes to offer a big tease of the coming threat, and deliver a laugh paying off an earlier joke, it's the first scene fans are going to be talked about. Technically, the first Captain Marvel credits scene ended up leaking online even before the movie was released to the public, in what looks and sounds to be a scene lifted from Avengers: Endgame. A scene in which the heroes are struggling to decipher just what signal Fury's pager is sending, and to whom.
It's then that Carol chooses to appear, searching for Fury (and in for some intensely heartbreaking news). The questions still remain: How did Carol survive/miss the larger Infinity War? Why doesn't she seem to have aged? Where has she been for the last two decades? At least she seeinf this scene fans know that Endgame will have no choice but to answer at least some of those nagging riddles.
2. Post-Credits Scene: Goose & The Tesseract
Finally, there's the other Captain Marvel post-credits scene to talk about. The one that finally explains how the Tesseract was transported out of the stomach(?) of Goose the Cat, and back into the archives of S.H.I.E.L.D. so that it can be researched as part of Project Pegasus' next evolution. The actual science behind Goose's ability to consume the Tesseract is a conversation for another day, but thankfully, the Flerken's propensity for regurgitating is as strong as a normal Earth house cat.
The final post-credits scene confirms that Goose is till hanging around Nick Fury's S.H.I.E.L.D. office days, possibly weeks after the events of the movie. Perhaps as a form of peace offering, having cost him his eye with a single swipe, Goose decides to vomit the Tesseract back onto Fury's desk. Thus completing the timeline issue presented in the film, explaining how the Infinity Stone got from Mar-Vell's custody into S.H.I.E.L.D.'s.
1. Babe The Pig, Carol's (Other) Kindred Spirit?
Hear us out. No, it’s not an insult to say that the presence of a poster for Babe (1995) is also in honor of Carol Danvers. Again, the timing makes enough sense to justify its presence in the Blockbuster, and the singular movie is a solid reference to get audiences laughing. But dig a bit deeper into the story that Babe was telling, and a direct parallel can be drawn between the Sheep-Pig and Carol Danvers, the Human-Kree.
Think about it: Babe is picked up as an object, and placed in the custody of a sheepdog (along with the rest of her young). Eventually, Babe wants nothing more than to be accepted in that same role, as part of that family, but is nevertheless seen as an outsider at odds with expectations. In the end, Babe proves that he can not only be as good at guiding a lost flock as the sheepdogs born into that occupation, but excels based on his own abilities and sheer determination.
Those are all the Easter Eggs, Marvel Comics connections, MCU setups, and pop culture references and inside jokes we could spot on our first viewing of Captain Marvel, but are there any we missed? Be sure to let us know.
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019