This Fan Theory Says Captain Marvel’s Post-Credits Scene Has An Incredible Twist You May Have Missed

There was a time when post-credits scenes were little more than bonus snippets of footage that didn’t really impact movies’ central stories. Since the rise of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, the concept has become incredibly involved. In fact, some post-credits sequences are now just as important as many Marvel films’ main scenes. So here’s a closer look at the post-credits clip in Captain Marvel – which one fan theory claims has particular significance.

In case you didn’t know, though, Captain Marvel actually entered its development stage way back in the summer of 2013. And when the sci-fi blockbuster was announced to the public some 17 months later, the film instantly marked a Marvel milestone. You see, Captain Marvel represents the first time that the studio has made a movie centered entirely on a female superhero.

So in July 2016, at the annual comic convention in San Diego, Marvel officially revealed Oscar-winner Brie Larson as the film’s leading lady. And in the spring of 2017 Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck also signed up for directing duties. Shooting then finally got underway on the project the following March in California.

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As for the storyline, Captain Marvel took inspiration from the “Kree-Skrull War” arc penned by Roy Thomas in 1971 for the Avengers comic books. So, based in the mid-1990s, the film explores how Carol Danvers (Larson) becomes the titular heroine. It then follows her fortunes as she attempts to deal with two extraterrestrial races engaged in an intergalactic battle.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 21st entry also stars Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D.’s future director Nick Fury and fledgling agent Phil Coulson, respectively. Both actors are treated to digital de-aging processes, too, as their characters are actually significantly younger than the actors’ real-life ages. Other stars include Ben Mendelsohn, Lee Pace, Annette Bening and Jude Law.

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So Captain Marvel premiered in February 2019 in London and hit U.S. theaters a few weeks later – on International Women’s Day. The film quickly became the biggest box-office hit of the year, too, and the action-adventure has also entered at number 6 on the list of all-time biggest global openings. And as of April 2019, its astonishing worldwide gross stands at a little over $1 billion.

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The critical response has also been relatively strong. For instance, Variety hailed Fleck and Boden for “embracing the Marvel house style and, within that, crafting a tale with enough tricks and moods and sleight-of-hand layers to keep us honestly absorbed.” The Los Angeles Times, meanwhile, praised the directors for their understanding of nuance and character.

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And it’s worth noting that the film’s critical and commercial success is in stark contrast to its pre-release Rotten Tomatoes rating. At one point, after all, the site’s “Want to See” score – which supposedly measures fans’ excitement – fell to a low of 28 percent. But this has widely been attributed to anti-feminists who bombarded Rotten Tomatoes in protest of Marvel creating a female-fronted superhero film.

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But thankfully the online discourse soon shifted to the movie’s plot. Yes, those viewers who had actually watched Captain Marvel before offering an opinion quickly began analyzing the action for hidden clues. And it was the film’s credits scenes that seemingly sparked the most interest.

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Because, like other Marvel Cinematic Universe movies before it, Captain Marvel actually has two additional scenes after the “end” of the story. So the first bit of bonus footage comes mid-way through the credits and is seemingly taken from another film entirely: the forthcoming Avengers: Endgame. This practice has become something of a regular occurrence in the studio’s output.

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As cinemagoers were getting ready to leave their seats at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, for instance, they were actually given a glimpse of the then-unreleased The Avengers. Captain America: Civil War was later teased at the end of Ant-Man too. And viewers of Doctor Strange also got an early taster of Thor: Ragnarok.

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So the mid-credits sequence from the 1990s-based Captain Marvel transports us to the present day. And here, the camera spotlights Nick Fury’s pager, which almost immediately switches itself off. We then see that Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Chris Evans’ Captain America are alerted to the device having shut down while they’re on observing duties in the Avengers’ H.Q.

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Most Marvel fans will know, then, that this scene must take place not long after the tragic ending of Avengers: Infinity War. In that film’s post-credits scene, after all, Fury contacts Captain Marvel on the same pager just before he disintegrates. But when we saw the device in Infinity War, its screen was actually displaying Captain Marvel’s logo.

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It seems, then, that the pager has been kept at the Avengers H.Q. since its appearance in Infinity War. And apparently thanks to the tech knowhow of Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner, its signal has been continually sustained. So during the Captain Marvel mid-credits scene, it’s the Incredible Hulk’s alter-ego who’s inevitably the first to spot that the device has stopped functioning.

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In the clip, Banner notes that the pager can’t be out of juice because the device runs permanently from an outside energy source. Black Widow then demands that the team get the pager up and running again as quickly as possible. But the superheroine is caught by surprise when she turns around to be greeted by a returning Captain Marvel, who asks, “Where’s Fury?”

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For those who have yet to see Captain Marvel, then, the superhero movie concludes with Larson’s Carol Danvers choosing to go to infinity and beyond. Indeed, Captain Marvel journeys into deep space to assist the Skrulls in setting up new lives there. So her whereabouts over the next quarter of a century are largely unknown at this point.

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Most viewers believe, though, that no matter Danvers’ location she would still have witnessed the so-called Decimation at Infinity War’s end. These fans also think that Fury’s pager actually went dark when she returned to Earth after having received the message from Fury. But Danvers may also never even have heard of the Avengers, and so it stands to reason that she instantly enquires about her ally.

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This mid-credits scene therefore nicely introduces Captain Marvel into the Avengers fold. And it also suggests how the superhero will integrate herself with the likes of Black Widow and Captain America, getting fans excited about the dream team’s next instalment, Endgame. But that isn’t the only extra footage that cinemagoers get to enjoy.

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You see, Captain Marvel’s post-credits sequence centers on one of the Marvel Universe’s most intriguing aspects: the Tesseract. A cube-shaped vessel that stores one of the six Infinity Stones, the Tesseract was first shown at the end of Thor. The home of the Space Stone then played a significant part in the first two Avengers films as well as the first Captain America movie.

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So far, then, Marvel fans may have already figured out that S.H.I.E.L.D. had taken ownership of the Tesseract for many years. The vessel had in fact been found in the ocean in Captain America: The First Avenger, and Fury had offered it up for experimentation in Thor. But the crystalline container’s appearance in Captain Marvel tells us even more about the vessel’s rich history.

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As revealed in the main Captain Marvel story, the Tesseract had spent a notable amount of time tucked away in the satellite laboratory of Annette Bening’s Wendy Lawson. The doctor – more commonly known as Mar-Vell – had actually used the Tesseract while conducting some light-speed engine research. After being recovered by Danvers, Fury and co., though, the Tesseract then endures a stint in the mouth of a cat-shaped alien.

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In fact, Goose – one of the feline extraterrestrials known as the Flerken – essentially swallows the Tesseract to keep it safe early on in Captain Marvel. In the post-credits scene, then, we see Goose in full hairball-coughing mode as he leaps onto Fury’s desk. Yet the Flerken doesn’t bring up a ball of fur; he splurts out the precious Space Stone.

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So unlike Captain Marvel’s mid-credits sequence, this scene seemingly isn’t intended to whet viewers’ appetites for the next superhero adventure. Instead, the footage is more of a throwaway clip designed to send cinemagoers home with a smile. A similar tactic was used for Thor: The Dark World’s frenzied beast clip and Ant-Man and the Wasp’s large-ant-on-a-drum-kit sequence.

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It’s actually the mid-credits scene that has got some fans in full-on conspiracy theory mode, then. And these devotees think that Captain Marvel’s introduction to the rest of the Avengers may only seem relatively light-hearted. Yes, a certain section of the comic-book community believes that there’s in fact a much more sinister undertone to the sequence.

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The theory goes that the character who asks Black Widow about Fury isn’t Captain Marvel at all; this Captain Marvel is an imposter. And to be more precise, she’s a shape-shifting Skrull. So could the real Captain still be traversing across deep space and therefore in a prime position to save Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), last seen stranded in Infinity War?

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It’s an interesting theory about what would provide perhaps the greatest twist in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But there’s one notable flaw to the argument, which has continued to gain traction online. And it’s all to do with the alien race of refugees known as the Skrulls.

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That’s because even though the Skrulls were initially presented as evil shapeshifters in Captain Marvel, the aliens actually turned out to be a far more peaceful species. In fact, the Skrulls wanted nothing more than a quiet existence outside of the Kree War. So would they really turn to the dark side and be responsible for impersonating a beloved superhero?

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On the other hand, though, Captain Marvel is set 25 years before Avengers: Endgame. So it’s certainly possible that in between the events of the two films something happened to the alien race to make them more villainous. Or perhaps the supposed Captain Marvel imposter is simply a bad apple who’s taken matters into their own hands?

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This particular theory is actually given further credence thanks to a scene earlier in Captain Marvel. Here, Talos – the main Skrull in the movie, played by Ben Mendelsohn – refers to the thousands of other Skrulls scattered across the universe that he intends to rejoin. Certain fans therefore argue that some of these Skrulls may be more unscrupulous characters who would do anything to take control of a new world.

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These fans may have to endure an agonizing wait to discover whether this theory contains any truth, though. Indeed, if the Captain Marvel who shows up during the end credits of the film is actually a Skrull, then that fact is unlikely to be revealed in Avengers: Endgame. As shown in previous comic books, the shapeshifters are able to survive in their new forms for quite some time.

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In fact, in the comics, Skrulls can become quite enamored with their new identities, the people they surround themselves with and their environments. But, of course, that doesn’t stop the race from carrying out its ultimate goal. And in the comic-book universe, this has sometimes been to destroy people’s faith in superheroes.

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In Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s original comic books, in fact, the Skrulls were unambiguously evil. The shapeshifting extraterrestrials first show up in the 1962 second volume of Fantastic Four, you see. And they are firmly painted as nemeses of the Marvel Universe’s familial quartet of superheroes throughout the comic series from then on.

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This isn’t the first time that the Skrulls’ character has been called into question in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, either. The alien race certainly appeared to be presented as the baddies in the Captain Marvel trailers, after all. In one particular shot, for instance, Danvers fights with what appears to be a defenseless elderly woman – but is in fact a Skrull.

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In the actual film, however, the Skrulls are presented as a much more benevolent force. In fact, it is easy to feel sympathy for the race after learning that their main goal was simply to flee from the Kree. And of course, Danvers herself knows all about the Kree’s wicked ways.

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The movie reveals, after all, that the Kree initially tricked the superhero into signing up to Star Force. The Kree even hampered her superhero abilities with the use of a disrupter. In the end, then, Captain Marvel decides to align herself with the Skrulls instead.

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Yet inevitably this isn’t the only theory relating to Captain Marvel’s mid-credits scene. Now that the heroine had been introduced to the rest of the Avengers, you see, some fans claimed that Danvers would show up in Endgame – even before the character appeared in that film’s final trailer. These devotees said there were two particular shots in an early teaser for Endgame where Captain Marvel seemed conspicuous by her absence.

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The first is the shot where the dream team all gaze up to the skies. Here, the fans said, there’s a noticeable gap between two Avengers that Carol Danvers could easily slot into. And then there’s the power-walk sequence featuring all of the Avengers. The heroine could easily either lead or bring up the rear of this line, the theory went.

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Marvel’s trailer creators have adopted secretive tactics for previous superhero outings too. In a promo for Captain America: Civil War, for instance, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man was edited out of scenes that the character later appeared in for the film’s final edit. So it’s certainly not unthinkable that the studio attempted to keep Captain Marvel’s screen time hush-hush.

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There are also questions about Captain Marvel’s youthful appearance in the mid-credits scene. Despite the fact that 25 years had passed since her own cinematic adventure and her Avengers team-up, Danvers looks exactly the same. Well, apart from a slightly different haircut. So does this mean that she simply ages extremely well or that she is in fact immortal?

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Fans will no doubt be hoping to get some answers in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame. But with Captain Marvel proving to be so successful at the box office, perhaps the studio will wait to reveal the juiciest information for the heroine’s inevitable second solo outing. This is in fact expected to arrive on one of the three dates that have been pencilled in for Marvel movies in 2021.

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