It’s been nearly a week since ‘Captain Marvel’ landed in theaters so let’s talk about those two post credits scenes from the movie…
NEEDLESS TO SAY MASSIVE SPOILERS LIE AHEAD IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN CAPTAIN MARVEL
‘Captain Marvel’ opened in theaters almost exactly one week ago with the film already raking in huge sums of money at the box office with more than $1 billion expected globally over the next month or so.
The film starring Brie Larson goes back in time to 1995 when her character Carol Danvers returns to Earth after being trained as a soldier in the Kree army, sworn to protect the Kree Empire while battling against the shape-shifting alien race known as the Skrulls.
Technically speaking, ‘Captain Marvel’ would be the second film chronologically in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’. In the film, Carol Danvers has to rediscover the life she once had on Earth as a fighter pilot before she was blasted with a burst of energy from the Tesseract (also known as the space stone that’s currently part of Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet) and given extraordinary powers.
Following the interaction with the Tesseract, Carol was taken to the Kree home world where her memory was wiped and she was trained as a soldier in the Kree army. Only after returning to Earth and finding out about her old life does Carol realize that the Kree are the true enemies as they’ve been seeking to vanquish the Skrulls, who are essentially intergalactic refugees just searching for a home planet after theirs was annihilated.
In the end, Carol leaves Earth to escort the remaining Skrulls on their ship as she attempts to help them find a world to call their own. Before leaving, Carol hands her new pal Nick Fury a specially designed beeper — used for extreme emergencies only — and she would return to help. Fury also gets a cue from his new pal’s Air Force handle — Carol ‘The Avenger’ Danvers — for the new program he starts developing as ‘The Avengers Initiative’.
Fast forward 23 years later after Thanos snaps his fingers and single handedly wipes out half of life in the universe, Fury finally has a reason to use that pager as he sends out a distress call to Captain Marvel before he fades away and turns to dust.
Following the end of the ‘Captain Marvel’ film, the scene cuts to the Avengers headquarters where Captain America, Black Widow and Bruce Banner are all standing around the pager after finding it in the aftermath of Fury’s death. They’ve connected the pager to a power source in hopes of finding out who Fury was trying to reach before he disappeared.
Judging by the two trailers we’ve seen thus far for ‘Avengers: Endgame’ it would suggest that the story takes place several months after Thanos’ snap that wiped out half of life in the universe.
When the signal stops transmitting after all this time, it appears that all hope is lost and they’ll never know for certain who Fury was trying to contact.
At that moment, Steve Rogers turns around and he’s greeted by Captain Marvel herself as she has returned to Earth and her only question is ‘where’s Fury?’. It’s safe to say, she won’t be pleased to find out what Thanos has been up to in her absence while exploring the universe.
Obviously the story has been presented that Carol Danvers could be the savior who helps stop Thanos once and for all, especially given the fact that she’s already the most powerful hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe not to mention she gained her abilities after she was blasted by one of the infinity stones.
So it appears when ‘Avengers: Endgame’ debuts on April 26, Captain Marvel will be ready to help the heroes fight back against Thanos in the biggest battle for life in the universe.
In the second post credit scene after Fury names his new project ‘The Avengers Initiative’, we see Goose the Cat — who is actually an alien life form in disguise as a cat — cough up the Tesseract on Fury’s desk after eating it earlier in the movie. That would explain how Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. has possession of the Tesseract and experimented with it for years before seeing it again in the first ‘Avengers’ movie.
The next time we’ll see all the heroes together will be when ‘Avengers: Endgame’ debuts in April.