[Spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War]
Avengers: Infinity War is a huge movie that brings together ten years worth of characters and storylines and throws them all together to face off against the big bad Thanos. We see the likes of the Avengers, some former Avengers, Black Panther, and the Guardians of the Galaxy all come together in a huge movie that at first glance you’d think didn’t have any room for any more characters, that is until you get to the post credits scene.
The scene in question takes place just after Thanos’ finally does his finger snap and we see a number of our heroes fade from existence. After we see the immediate fallout from a number of our main heroes point of view we then cut to Maria Hill and Nick Fury in a car. They discuss not hearing from Tony Stark, and detecting a signal above Wakanda, like the one over New York (in the first Avengers movie) only ten times more powerful. Then we see the car in front of Hill and Fury crash, they run to check on the driver but there is no one there. After that a helicopter crashes, and Hill begins to fade from existence (just like we’ve seen the likes of Starlord, Black Panther, and Groot do already). Fury runs to the back of their car and grabs a small communication device, he too then begins to fade and disappears completely in the middle of a very appropriate Samuel Jackson “motherf*****”.
The scene ends with the camera zooming in on Fury’s communication device and we see it says “sending…” after which a reply comes through in the form of a star (that you’d be forgiven for mistaking as a Captain America’s) followed by the familiar colours of Captain Marvel.
As a character Captain Marvel has under gone a huge number of iterations and identities within Marvel comics, but was originally an alien military officer known as Captain Mar-Vell of the Kree. The Kree are often depicted as being at war with a species known as the Skrull, and send Mar-Vell to Earth to scout out how advanced the planet is. Eventually Mar-Vell decides to rebel against the Kree Empire (thus being branded a traitor).
The Carol Danver’s iteration of Captain Marvel developed over the years with Carol initially (and for most of her superhero career) being known as Ms Marvel, a hero who developed her powers after an explosion in which her own DNA merged with the original Captain Marvel’s. Carol becomes a regular member of the Avengers under the names of Ms Marvel, Binary, and Warbird leading up to 2012 where, following the death of Mar-Vell (and after some prompting by Captain America) Carol assumes the identity of Captain Marvel, which she has held onto since.
Carol Danvers’ Captain Marvel has superhuman strength, can fly, and can shoot angry from her hands. She is one o the most powerful heroes in the Marvel universe and is able to absorb a number of substances, energies and even magic easily (without causing herself any harm). On top of her powers, Carol is also a fully trained military pilot, expert combatant and marksman, and in many ways is very similar to Captan America (just with a whole lot more power).
Captain Marvel’s solo MCU movie was announced back in 2014 (with development seemingly starting sometime in 2013), and after initially being scheduled for a 2018 release, now has a release date of March 8th, 2019. We then found out (after months of rumours) that Brie Larson would star as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel.
Since then we’ve learnt that the movie will take place in the 1990’s, a younger Phil Coulson and Nick Fury will appear (with both Clark Gregg and Samuel L. Jackson reprising their roles), Jude Law will play Mar’Vell, Carol’s mentor and Lee Pace will return as Ronan the Accuser (last seen as the bad guy in Guardians of the Galaxy).
At the moment Captain Marvel the March 8th release, meaning it will be around eight weeks before we get the as yet untitled Infinity War Part 2, and given the post credits scene it will no doubt lead right into Captain Marvel coming to the modern day MCU and helping out the surviving heroes in taking down Thanos (and undoing the damage he’s already done). To see more of our Infinity War coverage, check out our summary of where the Infinity Stones are leading up to the movie Here, our top 25 Easter Eggs and References Here, our look at how the opening weekend at the box office compares Here and our review of the move itself Here.