Avengers: Infinity War
The cliffhanger ending of Avengers: Infinity War saw Thanos succeed in his insane goal of erasing half the life in the universe with a snap of his fingers. The film itself largely focused on the effect on well-known heroes like Spider-Man and Black Panther, not really giving a sense of the tragedy's universal scale. That was left for the post-credits scene, which showed cars crashing as their drivers disappeared, and helicopters dropping from the sky. In the midst of the chaos, a desperate Nick Fury tugged out a mysterious souped-up pager and sent out a cosmic SOS - with the logo on it clearly signifying he was calling Captain Marvel. But how did Nick Fury know Captain Marvel, and where did he get this pager from? Captain Marvel will provide the answers to those questions.
Captain Marvel has clearly been set up to play a major role in Avengers: Endgame, but what will it be? She was entirely absent from the trailer, which makes sense because Marvel don't want to give any idea of how things are going to play out. But official artwork has shown her working alongside the Avengers, and Josh Brolin has hinted that he shares a scene with Brie Larson - meaning Thanos and Captain Marvel will come face-to-face. There's also known to be a single scene that features absolutely every major MCU character to date - with Captain Marvel teaming up with everybody from Michelle Pfeiffer's Wasp to Sebastian Stan's Winter Soldier.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Resurrected in the aftermath of The Avengers, Clark Gregg's Phil Coulson is the star of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Given Captain Marvel is Coulson's origin story, that makes it a prequel to the TV series as well. But some fans are speculating that there could be direct links between the film and the show. For one thing, back in season 1 the TV series revealed that Coulson was resurrected via a serum derived from the blood of a Kree corpse. S.H.I.E.L.D. was silent about just where that body came from - but could it be that Captain Marvel will explain just where that body came from?
It's amusing to note that Coulson's story appears to be strongly tied to the Kree. His first adventure involves an encounter with a half-Kree superhero, he's resurrected using Kree blood, and in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 he crossed paths with a renegade Kree faction once again. Of course, there's the potential for a major continuity problem - why didn't Coulson recognize a Kree when he saw one back in season 1, and why didn't he react when he heard Sif mention the Kree? Hopefully the issue won't arise, and Coulson will be more involved with the Skrull invasion than with the Kree.
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019