Captain Marvel: Post-credits Scenes Explained and How Many and What They Mean

Some fans will go to see Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel movie partly to see if it gives any hints about the eagerly-awaited Avengers: Endgame. They won’t be disappointed, because the movie has one of Marvel’s signature post-credits scene teasers.

Check out the information below to learn more about Captain Marvel’s two after-credits scenes and how they fit into the Marvel universe as a whole.

Captain Marvel Post-credits Scene One

The first scene after the credits picks up pretty much right where we left off at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, when Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury called Captain Marvel on a supercharged pager in that movie’s post-credits scene.

Now, the pager sits in Avengers HQ, where rolling computer screens show the growing number of people who disappeared at the end of Thanos’ “snap,” much to the horror of the remaining Avengers (the above shot from the Endgame trailer takes place in the same location). Captain America, played by Chris Evans, says, “This is a nightmare.”

Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson, is even more sad: She says, “I’ve had worse dreams.”

captain marvel post credit scene
captain marvel post-credit scene

After Fury dropped the pager at the end of Infinity War, we find out what happened to it here. Bruce Banner, played by Mark Ruffalo, has had his signal going for a long time, even though he is now held in a clamp and connected to a new power source. But today, the signal has finally stopped, and Black Widow insists that they get it back online.

Nick Fury’s last act was to send out the signal, so it had to help, right?

She says, “I want to know who’s on the other end of that.” When Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel shows up behind her, she knows the answer.

When Carol was finally called back to Earth nearly 25 years after her last visit, she had a slightly different haircut. Being in exile for a long time or traveling through time will probably do that to you. She only has one question for the people in front of her.

This teaser after the credits gives the impression that it is a scene from the beginning of Avengers: Endgame. This is especially true when you look at the actors involved: Don Cheadle’s War Machine also appears in the scene.

Still, you never know. Doctor Strange had a similar teaser scene from Thor: Ragnarok, but the final movie was very different, so it’s possible that Endgame will have a slightly different cut. Still, there are only six weeks between the movies, so it’s probably a clip from Endgame.


Captain Marvel Post-credits Scene Two

The second and final scene after the credits in Captain Marvel is more of a comedy, which has become the norm in recent years.

At Nick Fury’s empty desk, where the movie ended, we see Goose, Nick Fury’s pet alien/cat, jump up on the desk and start hacking up a hairball.

captain marvel post credit scene
captain marvel post-credit scene

Goose eventually gives up the Tesseract, a powerful cube-shaped energy source that drove the plots of Captain America: The First Avengers, the first Avengers movie, and Avengers: Infinity War. It made a surprise return in Captain Marvel (where it was returned to its Infinity Stone form and taken by Thanos).


In Captain Marvel, the Tesseract is still a few years away from being important to the Avengers (except for Captain America, who met it during World War II). This lets the movie use it as a key “MacGuffin” that was only saved from the bad guys when Goose swallowed it.

Basically, this scene ties together Captain Marvel and the Avengers by explaining how SHIELD got its hands on the Tesseract again. It also adds a little bit of humor to balance out the slightly darker Endgame sneak peek.

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