Warning! SPOILERS for Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel's mid-credits scene was filmed by Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo. The final standalone film before the MCU's 22-film arc wraps up in Avengers 4 officially debuts Brie Larson as the first female headlining superhero of the franchise. Despite its time setting (1995), it was effectively tied-in to the current ongoings in the universe thanks to one of its stringers, which saw Carol Danvers join the rest of the heroes to fight Thanos (Josh Brolin).
Following the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) sending an SOS message to Danvers using his upgraded beeper, the mid-credit scene begins with Captain America (Chris Evans) and the crew over at Avengers HQ observing the mysterious pager. It's uncertain how they got a hold of the device considering that most of them were in Wakanda when The Decimation took place, but Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) knows that it's Fury's and that he was contacting someone before he turned into the dust. The stinger ended with Danvers arriving at the facility surprising them.
The said sequence was apparently filmed by the Russos as revealed by Captain Marvel directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck to Empire. The idea also came from the Endgame directors, which makes sense considering that it has significant meaning to how Danvers will be handled in Avengers 4. “It’s really a direct lead-in to their movie. They came up with the concept for it, and we said, ‘That sounds awesome,''” Boden said.
As revealed in the description of the latest footage for Endgame shown at the Disney shareholders meeting, Captain Marvel and Nebula (Karen Gillan) sit down with Cap and the rest of the heroes as they find a way to locate where Thanos transported himself to. Based on the revealed dialogue, it sounds like Danvers is every bit of confident that they'll be able to make the Mad Titan pay for his sins and considering how powerful she's been established in her origin movie, she has every bit of reason to be just that. With this reveal, perhaps the second full trailer for the film would finally include Danvers after she skipped out on the previously released previews.
Since the stinger solves the mystery on how Captain Marvel will join the fight against Thanos, it allows Endgame's story to move along and focus on the heroes' task-at-hand. It confirms that Danvers got Fury's message and knowing that he'll never buzz her unless it's an emergency, she immediately makes her way back home. What's curious, however, is whether or not Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) and his Skrull people (assuming that she's still with them all this time) were also wiped out in half due to The Decimation. If that's the case, this would've given the superheroine an idea how serious the situation is. It will be interesting to see how the Russos approach the character after Boden and Fleck introduced her in Captain Marvel. They've already addressed possible issues of utilizing an overpowered characters like Danvers which means they know how she'll fit in a team movie. Fortunately, fans won't have to wait that long to find out with the culminating movie hitting theaters all over the globe next month.
- 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