Oh, so that’s where she’s been.
Note: Contains minor spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.
Before Captain Marvel was released, we assumed that the solo outing for Brie Larson’s superhero would solve its own continuity issue.
Namely, if Nick Fury met Captain Marvel in 1995, why is it that it took until people started turning to dust for him to contact her? Couldn’t she have dealt with the Battles of New York and Sokovia in a heartbeat?
The movie sort of addressed it as she gave Fury the pager and told him that it was “for emergencies only”, before she headed off to help the Skrulls find a new world. We then saw her surprise the Avengers in the post-credits scene, without mentioning where she’d been.
But now, thanks to new footage from Avengers: Endgame that was shown at CinemaCon, that particular issue has been solved.
The footage (via io9) seems to take place shortly after Captain Marvel arrives at Avengers HQ and meets the rest of the team. She seems determined to go off straight away and defeat Thanos as Nebula reveals he’s at a place called The Garden.
Captain Marvel wants them to go and get the Infinity Stones, then “use them to bring everyone back”. Before they do that though, War Machine wants to know where she’s been all this time.
“There are a lot of other planets out there, and not many are lucky enough to have you guys,” she replies. Sure, it’s not much, but it’s confirmation of what we suspected.
The previous scrapes that the Avengers got into, Fury was pretty confident that they could deal with whatever Loki and Ultron threw at them. However, as proved by their defeat at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, they couldn’t deal with Thanos.
(Side note: we know the *real* reason that Captain Marvel hasn’t been summoned before now is because the character wasn’t a part of the MCU yet, but it’s still nice to have an in-universe explanation.)
Given that we’ve seen the Avengers and Captain Marvel in the Benatar in the special look, we have a feeling that whatever plan they come up with won’t work.
Unless, they do manage to defeat Thanos and bring back everyone in the first hour of Avengers: Endgame, and the remaining two hours is just them all hanging out at Avengers HQ having a party. And maybe some shawarma.
We’d watch it.
Avengers: Endgame is released in UK cinemas on April 25 and US cinemas on April 26.