The “Captain Marvel” post-credits scene, explained
Don't leave the new Marvel movie before the credits!
"Captain Marvel" (2019)
Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Brie Larson, Jude Law, Lee Pace, Samuel Jackson, Lashana Lynch, Ben Mendelsohn
March 9, 2019
If you haven’t seen the post-credits scene of a Marvel film, then you’re only seeing half of the story. Post-credits scenes have now become an essential element in the MCU formula, that it’s no longer a complete experience if you didn’t stay for the mid and post-credits. With “Infinity War” teasing that Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel may be Earth’s trump card against Thanos, we couldn’t wait to see what Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s “Captain Marvel” will reveal. But does Captain Marvel have post-credits scenes in the first place?
Does Captain Marvel have Post-Credits Scenes?
Needless to say, yes Captain Marvel does have post-credits scenes (yep, there’s more than one!). The first one shows us a scene set after Thanos’ snap, while the second one is more of an amusing revelation, but is still a significant scene nonetheless.
Captain Marvel Post-Credits Scene Explained
In this post, we’ll dissect “Captain Marvel’s” post-credits scenes, and discuss some plausible theories. There may be some minor spoilers below so if you haven’t seen “Captain Marvel” yet, proceed with caution.
The post-snap Avengers have regrouped
In the “Avengers: Endgame” trailer, we see that Captain America and Black Widow have teamed-up after Thanos wiped out half of the universe’ population. In the post-credits scene of “Captain Marvel”, we are taken back to the current events in the MCU, where we once again see Black Widow and Captain America in their makeshift Avengers headquarters.
Later on, in the post-credits scene, it is revealed that James Rhodes aka War Machine and Bruce Banner is also with Cap and Black Widow. It’s possible that the remaining Avengers have regrouped, and that Thor and Clint Barton (either as Hawkeye or Ronin), who have also been featured in the Endgame trailer, have joined them in the headquarters.
Nick Fury has not told the Avengers about Captain Marvel
The remaining Avengers have somehow gotten hold of Nick Fury’s pager, which was presumably used to send a distress signal to Captain Marvel. When the pager turns off, Black Widow declares that they need to know what the pager is for. Clearly, the Avengers have no idea that the pager is used to contact Captain Marvel in case of an emergency.
Given that Black Widow, one of the first members of the Avengers Initiative, have no clue about the pager’s distress signal, it’s highliy possible that Nick Fury did not tell any of the Avengers about Captain Marvel. This is interesting when you consider the fact that Fury’s encounter with Captain Marvel is what inspired him to form the Avengers in the first place. Whatever Fury’s reasons are for keeping this a secret, hopefully we’ll find out soon enough in “Endgame”.
Nick Fury may have some prior knowledge of Thanos’ Invasion
In the post-credits scene of Inifinity War, we saw Nick Fury use the pager to send a distress signal to Captain Marvel. In the “Captain Marvel” post-credits scene, Captain Marvel finally responds to the signal and arrives at the new Avengers headquarters, looking for Nick Fury. If you’ve already seen “Captain Marvel”, you’ll know that Carol Danvers gave the modified pager to Nick Fury so he can contact her in case of an emergency.
The question is, why has Fury used the pager only now? This is not the first time that humanity has been threatened. In the first Avengers film, Loki brought down the Chitauri Army to decimate Earth, not to mention that Ultron also had plans of world domination. So why did Fury not call Captain Marvel during those times?
One theory that have been circulating online is that Nick Fury knew all along that the “Snap” would occur, which could explain why he appeared to have recognized the event when people around him were turning to dust. If this is the case, he may be reserving the pager-distress signal for this particular moment, and he waited for the right time to call Earth’s most powerful ally. A possible way that he cold have known, could be time travel with Doctor Strange or Ant-Man through a Time Vortex in the Quantum Realm.
Pocket Dimensions in Goose, Captain Marvel’s pet cat / Flerken
Captain Marvel’s pet cat named Goose is revealed to be a Flerken, a rare and dangerous species that have deadly tentacles hidden inside their cheeks. At some point in the film, Goose even swallows the Tesseract and keeps it inside its mouth until the end of the movie. Goose finally vomits out the Tesseract in the post-credits scene, leaving the powerful artifact on Nick Fury’s desk.
In the comics, the Flerken were said to have “pocket dimensions” in their body, which allows them to store various items. This is where they keep their large tentacles and fangs and presumably, this is also where Goose stored the Tesseract when she ate it. What’s interesting about these pocket dimensions, is that they can also be used as a means of travel or transport. Who knows what other things Goose is storing inside her cheeks? Maybe the pocket dimensions could even be the means of Ant-Man’s escape from the Quantum Realm? It could be a messy exit but hey, why not?
Did we miss anything from the post-credit scenes? What do you think of the theories we shared? Let us know in the comments below!