Six questions and answers about the post-credits scene in Avengers: Infinity War

Since Nick Fury first appeared at the home of Tony Stark to connect the Avengers Initiative in late 2008 Iron Man post-credit scenes have been a staple of Hollywood movies. Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sometimes they are just a little joke, an advantage to sit through the credits, as the sequence of the Avengers eating shawarma in silence in a New York restaurant partially destroyed after the catastrophic fight in The Avengers or the cameo of Howard the Duck after Guardians of the Galaxy . Much more often, however, are specific provocations for a Marvel movie that is appearing in the publication's file, from the initial visit to Wakanda at the end of Captain America: Civil War to trigger events in Black Panther to the various scenes featuring villain Thanos long before appearing in Avengers: Infinity War .

The scene of Avengers: Infinity War post-credits is without exception. Anyone who stops in the credits of the film, hoping that a bright spot will lift the gloomy end of the film, will have an oblique reference to a Marvel film that will be directed to theaters in 2019. The mockery will also be relevant for the still not titled Infinity War sequel, but there are still more than a year and a couple of other Marvel movies. But for those who did not immediately recognize the meaning of what they saw on the screen, here is a summary. Significant spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War ahead, obviously.

What happens?

In that final sequence, the havoc that Thanos has caused in the universe with the Infinity Gauntlet has arrived on Earth. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) drive when people begin to collapse in piles of gray ash, resulting in car crashes as drivers evaporate and a plane crashes into a building. While Maria evaporates, Fury retires and activates a small device. Then he also crumbles into soot. The device, which looks like an old pager, continues to try a connection. Then a low resolution explosion icon appears on its screen, surrounded by red and blue lines.

What does it mean?

It helps to know what that symbol is: it's an abstract version of the Captain Marvel badge, a hero who has not yet appeared in Marvel Cinematic Universe, but who is scheduled for his own MCU movie in March 2019. Fury He is clearly contacting Captain Marvel to alert her to the situation on Earth, a movement that establishes his film solo, and his eventual reappearance in the sequel Infinity War as an important part of the solution to Thanos' problem .





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Why would Fury call her?

Two reasons: they have a great story together, and she may be the last power capable of stopping Thanos. Captain Marvel the next film, is a prequel set in the 1990s, focused on how Air Force pilot Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) obtained superpowers after an accident that compromises her DNA by merging it with the one of an extraterrestrial Fury, as part of the army, is part of the behind-the-scenes team that knows her and works with her. (As an additional benefit, it is established in a period before you started using an eye patch, although given the economy of action with which the MCU works, it is a fair bet that this movie really shows the events that cost you the Attention). We have known each other for decades, and it is logical that if someone had a method to contact her, she would.

In addition, it is possible that she has a particular responsibility to fix the situation. Nick Fury has been part of the governmental organization S.H.I.E.L.D. since Stan Lee and Jack Kirby first introduced the group in a 1965 edition of Strange Tales . TO PROTECT. is responsible for dealing with paranormal and supernatural problems that endanger the people of Earth, but they have a counterpoint organization, S.W.O.R.D., that specifically addresses alien incursions against Earth. That group was created in 2005 by Joss Whedon for Astonishing X-Men . And in 2015, Agent Carter showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas launched a comic book story Captain Marvel that made Carol Danvers put in charge of S.W.O.R.D. Depending on the type of continuity MCU films play with, it is quite possible that Captain Marvel is directly responsible for dealing with alien threats to Earth.

And on top of all that, Kevin Feige described Captain Marvel as the MCU "the most powerful hero by far … If you had the collectible cards of the Marvel characters and could see the levels of power, it would be out of the graphics compared to whatever we have previously presented in a movie. "It seems that calling her is a kind of Hail Mary in a situation that is more serious than anything the Earth has faced in this story so far.




Brie Larson in the upcoming Captain Marvel movie
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Why has not he called Fury? Did Captain Marvel come in earlier?

If it's true that Captain Marvel is working or is running SWORD, why did not Fury call her when The Destroyer confronted SHIELD? in Thor or when the Chitauri fell through a wormhole to invade the Earth in The Avengers ? It is still not entirely clear, but Captain Marvel may have some of the answers. Obviously, the answer in the real world is that Marvel Studios had not yet discovered where his character fit into the big picture: his film has been in development since 2013 and apparently has mutated repeatedly from the first signs that he was planning, but the question It is if there is a good reason in the universe.

Certainly, another possibility is that she is not part of S.W.O.R.D., and is not close, hoping to defend the Earth from the aliens. Given the various adventures of Carol Danvers since it first appeared in 1968, and since she became Mrs. Marvel in 1977, there is a lot of story to draw, and many key Marvel elements to which she is associated that we have not seen in the movies yet, but that could become the key to later important Marvel plots.

What could Captain Marvel bring to the story?

The great elements that seem to bring to the MCU are the Kree and the Skrulls, two alien races that play an important role in the continuity of the Marvel comics. The alien whose DNA gave him powers in comics, Mar-Vell, is a Kree hero. (Jude Law has been chosen for the role of the 2019 film). The Skrulls Shapes have been harnessed as the main antagonists in the film Captain Marvel that could lead the films to the mega-crossover plot of the Kree-Skrull War. Bringing these two combative races to the continuity of MCU creates a lot of potential comics plots.

But it's also possible that Marvel Studios was specifically inspired by the Mar-Vell story to address the problems created at the end of Infinity War . In a plot from the 1970s, Thanos put his hands on the Cosmic Cube, one of a series of devices (possibly created by the Skrulls, at least in one story) that effectively grant wishes. Thanos uses it to take control of the universe, but Mar-Vell destroys it – retroactively changing everything Thanos wanted, and restoring the universe to its rightful place. Infinity War 2 whatever it is called, it will not necessarily use that exact plot to resurrect its dead heroes and establish its universe in rights. But expect some kind of backlash from what we saw in Infinity War because there's no way that MCU is going to leave dead characters like Star-Lord, Black Panther and Spider-Man, especially not with sequels movies for all of them already in the Marvel schedule.

Why is that Captain Marvel pager so old and fucked up?

Maybe she's currently out with the Kree, and it's a piece of Kree technology, and that's how her super-advanced technology happens to look. Maybe it's a piece of hyper-sophisticated alien technology disguised to look like something more familiar to our world. Or maybe it's just an artefact left over from Nick Fury's time with Captain Marvel in the 1990s. This may also be a question answered when Captain Marvel appears on screens in 2019. As with all Marvel teasing, the answer may be obvious once the movie it references has hit theaters, but for now, it's a deliberate initiator of conversations, a way to keep fans occupied while they worry about the end Infinity War and begin to anticipate what will come next.