‘Avengers: Endgame’ Star Brie Larson Describes Filming That ‘Captain Marvel’ Post-Credit Scene

As you know, there’s a lot of secrecy when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Over the years, the actors have gone from knowing a lot about their films to being told almost nothing. Obviously, so actors are more in-the-know than others (Robert Downey Jr. is given a lot more intel than, say, Tom Holland), but still — there’s always a layer of mystery surrounding everything.

Brie Larson attends the World Premiere of Avengers: Endgame at Los Angeles Convention Center on April 22, 2019.
Brie Larson attends the World Premiere of Avengers: Endgame at Los Angeles Convention Center on April 22, 2019. | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Ahead of the release of Avengers: Endgame, Brie Larson (Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel) went on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon to talk — or, well, not talk — about the upcoming superhero epic. Here’s what she was able to say, especially when it comes to filming one very important scene (spoilers for Captain Marvel only ahead).

Larson spoke about the order in which she shot the films

While the 1995-set origin story Captain Marvel was the audience’s introduction to Larson’s character, it wasn’t, in fact, the first time she played Carol. As we’ve heard in interviews leading up to Endgame’s release, this film and Avengers: Infinity War were shot back-to-back, so production for them came before they filmed Captain Marvel.

What was interesting was that at the time, Larson says there wasn’t even a script for Captain Marvel yet. She added that for Endgame, she was given a redacted script so that she could only see her own line. “It wasn’t until I walked on set that I was like, ‘Oh crap. I’m like, in a Marvel movie now.’”

Here’s what she said about shooting the post-credit scene

If you’ve seen it (spoilers if not!), Captain Marvel has two end-credit scenes. The first, the mid-credit scene, depicts some of the remaining Avengers shortly after Thanos’ snap in Infinity War. They found a pager of Nick Fury’s, and are trying to find out who is on the other end. The big reveal is that it’s Carol, and she appears in the final seconds.

“I didn’t know what that was that we were shooting. There was also nobody else there,” she said. “I was by myself on a green screen and I walked in and they were like ‘Real quick, we’re just going to whip pan over to you and you’re going to go, ‘Where’s Fury?’”

Of course, this was difficult when there’s no one to act off of. Larson was told that Fury was “very gone,” which she presumed to mean dead. But what about the people she’s talking to? All she was told was that there were five other people, so they gave her tape marks, and she demonstrated how she had to just look around at each of them and pretend they were her co-stars.

How much screen time will Captain Marvel get in Endgame?

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Prior to Captain Marvel’s release, the character wasn’t in any of the (minimal) promotional materials or trailers for Endgame. However, once her movie came out, we got to see Carol interact a bit with the core Avengers — specifically in the scene in which Thor summons his ax while attempting to stare her down, then says, “I like this one.”  

But the question is: Will Captain Marvel receive a lot of screen time in Endgame? Now that the movie is out, we can finally see just how pivotal her role is. Our guess is that she isn’t used frequently (this movie is about wrapping up the story of the original Avengers), but when she is on screen, it’s very important, given how incredible her powers are.

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