The post-credits scene in Avengers: Infinity War is massive, serving as a teaser for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Over the past several years, mid- and post-credits scenes have become a Marvel studio staple, something fans anticipate with each new film. The interception of Thor’s Asgardian vessel by Thanos at the conclusion of Thor: Ragnarok, which lays the stage for the beginning of Infinity War, is an example.
Other times, they serve as winks to Marvel’s biggest fans or references to the company’s past (see: Howard the Duck appearing at the end of the first Guardians of the Galaxy, or Captain America musing on the virtue of patience at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming, implying that post-credits scenes won’t always feature major reveals).
In recent years, Marvel films have increasingly concluded with two credit scenes, one mid-credits and one post-credits. But Infinity War only has one, and it’s a doozy: it’s at the very end of the credits.
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At the conclusion of Infinity War, Thanos’s scheme is realized. In those final moments, we see the Avengers disintegrate into nothingness and the survivors realize that Thanos has actually wiped out half of the universe’s population.
In the post-credits scene, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders; not seen since Age of Ultron) are informed of the Wakanda attack while driving.
While they are gathering information, a car swerves in front of them and crashes, and they realize that no one is behind the wheel. Nick Fury is horrified when Hill is destroyed a few seconds later.
The audience, having witnessed what transpired in Wakanda, is aware that this is the result of Thanos wiping out half of humanity, but Fury is unaware of this.
As he, too, begins to dissipate, he manages to send one more message on a communications device, which the camera focuses on as it transmits. A star-shaped logo indicates that his communication has been received.
What it means: The big disclosure here isn’t Hill and Fury turning to dust — although that is certainly a big reveal, given that we haven’t seen these two characters in the MCU in quite some time. The actual story here is who Nick Fury is communicating with: Captain Marvel, aka Carol Danvers
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The star-shaped emblem and stripes on Fury’s device are identical to those on Captain Marvel’s costume (above).
That was a component of a 2012 uniform makeover, which was part of a larger character change that transformed Ms. Marvel into Captain Marvel (a title that has been held previously by other characters).
In comic books, she is a leader of the Avengers and one of the team’s most powerful superheroes. She can fly and fire photon beams, possesses superhuman strength, and in some tales, she transforms into Binary, a more powerful entity. If you’re looking for someone to help preserve the universe, Carol would be an excellent choice. Fury is aware.
Despite having a large and vocal fan base (the “Carol Corps”), Carol Danvers has not yet been included in a Marvel film. This will change on March 6, 2019, with the release of Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson as Carol Danvers.
However, this does not imply that Danvers will assist save the Avengers, Hill, and Fury in that picture; Captain Marvel takes place in the 1990s, well before the events of Infinity War.
This sequence, along with the writing that appears after the Marvel Studios logo proclaiming “Thanos will return,” is likely a reference to next year’s unnamed Avengers 4, which will undoubtedly include Captain Marvel addressing the aftermath of Thanos’ demise.