Here’s What That ‘Captain Marvel’ End-Credit Scene Tells Us About ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Now that Captain Marvel is finally here, Marvel fans are gearing up for Avengers: Endgame. The film, which hits theaters in late April 2019, is the culmination of the 10+ years of the MCU as we know it. As many suspected, Captain Marvel changed the game in a big way, retroactively setting into motion the assembling of the Avengers. Here’s how the films connected directly in the end credits, and what that means for the universe moving forward. (Major spoilers for Captain Marvel ahead.)

Brie Larson attends the Captain Marvel screening at Henry R. Luce Auditorium at Brookfield Place on March 6, 2019, in New York City. | Dia Dipasupil/WireImage

Captain Marvel set the stage for the Avengers Initiative.

When Vers (as she’s known on Kree) lands on Earth, SHIELD agent Nick Fury is tasked with bringing her in — only to quickly team up with the heroine when he realizes that she’s been telling the truth about aliens. By the end of the film, not only is Fury well aware of the existence of other lifeforms, he’s concerned about how they will threaten life on Earth.

One of the final scenes of the movie depicts Fury, newly sporting an eye patch after a close encounter of the feline kind, typing away on his computer. He glances at a photo of Carol “The Avenger” Danvers from her Air Force pilot days, and renames his “Protector Initiative” in honor of his new friend.

Here’s what happened in the end credits

Like many Marvel films before it, Captain Marvel has two end-credit scenes. The first, which airs mid-way through the credits, is the informative one, followed by a sillier one after all of the credits have rolled. The first one directly ties into the mid-credit scene from Avengers: Infinity War, in which as he is disintegrating following Thanos’ snap, Fury takes out a pager and manages to send a signal. The emblem on the pager is that of Captain Marvel.

In the Captain Marvel mid-credits scene, Steve, Natasha, Rhodey, and Banner are all at headquarters together. Steve is informed that the pager has stopped lighting up, even though they had “bypassed the battery.” Both Natasha and Steve are determined to make it work, because they know that Fury must have been trying to contact someone important. As Natasha is speaking, she turns around, and discovers the real reason why it turned off: It worked, and Carol Danvers is standing behind her, asking “Where is Fury?”

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Though her entrance was applauded by most, it doesn’t answer one major question: Where has Carol Danvers been for the last decade, let alone the last two? After Danvers gave Fury back his pager with the “upgrades” she made, she leaves Earth to help find a home for the Skrulls. She tells Nick to only page her in an emergency — but haven’t the last few movies featured several major catastrophes where her help could be used?

Chances are there will be some kind of loose explanation given as to why Danvers is unaware of what’s been going on on Earth (and beyond), but one theory is that time travel is involved. After all, Carol apparently hasn’t aged since 1995. Brie Larson has debunked this theory, but then again, she wouldn’t be allowed to tell the truth if that was the case. Whatever the reason, Captain Marvel and its end-credit scenes have us even more excited for Avengers: Endgame and how the Avengers will interact with their new intergalactic pal.

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