Now that Captain Marvel is in theaters kicking some major Skull ass, it's time to talk about one of the most important devices included in the movie. But before we proceed, we must warn you, big spoilers will be discussed.
We're not talking about the Infinity Stone that roams around in the movie, we're talking about Nick Fury's state-of-the-art two-way pager that he uses for S.H.I.E.L.D. business. However, during an unfortunate event, he is forced to relinquish it to Captain Marvel lest he make another dumb mistake.
This drops the first crumb that leads right back to Avengers: Endgame. If you may remember, during the post-credit scene in Avengers: Infinity War, Nick Fury begins to turn into dust when he pings a mysterious person with his weird, high-tech beeper. That turns out to be Captain Marvel. How exactly was that possible?
Captain Marvel explains it. During the movie, we find out the she happens to be quite adept at handling tech, especially to communicate with people that are many galaxies away. She does so with a pay phone, so turning a pager into a two-way emergency hot line is no problem for her.
At the end of the movie, as she makes her way into a galaxy far away, she hands Nick Fury the pager and sternly states, it is for emergencies only. And even as aliens come down from the sky and a rogue A.I. robots begins mounting worldwide attacks, it is not until a burly, purple alien named Thanos shows up and eradicates half the known universe, that Nick Fury calls in the big guns: Captain Marvel.
The pager shows up once again in the first post-credit scene, where the remaining Avengers are trying to figure out who Nick Fury was trying to contact. Just then, in a swift cut, Captain Marvel shows up, looking all heroic (and slightly disheveled from the long journey) and she asks, "Where's Fury?"
That scene is Captain Marvel's first interaction with the Avengers. It should be followed by the shocking revelation that Thanos truly did wipe out half the universe, including Nick Fury, at which point, we imagine Captain Marvel strapping her boots, prepping for the fight of her life.
It's a great tease leading into Avengers: Endgame, and luckily, we won't have to wait too long to see the pay off. The next Marvel movie hits theaters April 26.
Higher, Faster, Further
A solid, if predictable, balance of action and giggles.
Captain Marvel reaches out to every corner of the Cinematic Universe in an attempt to tie this new character into the whole series so far. But the movie struggles with classic prequel story mistakes while relying on a standard origin story format we've seen so many times already.
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