James Gunn Thanks Disney for His ‘Guardians’ Return: ‘I Am Always Learning’

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In his first tweet back since being fired, James Gunn has thanked Disney and his fans for being rehired to direct and write “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” and said he is “always learning” about how he can be “the best human being I can be.”

“I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the past few months. I am always learning and will continue to work at being the best human being I can be,” Gunn said Friday on Twitter. “I deeply appreciate Disney’s decision and I am excited to continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind us all. I have been, and continue to be incredibly humbled by your love and support. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Love to you all.”

Disney reinstated Gunn on Friday after firing him from the third film in Marvel’s “Guardians” franchise last July when online critics discovered years-old tweets in which he joked about rape and pedophilia. Gunn apologized and said he had grown as a person in the years since the jokes. Despite calls from many fans to reinstate him, Disney made clear at the time that Gunn would not direct the third “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

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Disney said in a statement from Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn that the jokes were “indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values.” According to an individual with knowledge, the decision to rehire Gunn was made months ago following conversations.

In January, TheWrap reported that Gunn was in talks to direct “The Suicide Squad” for DC. The sequel to 2016’s “Suicide Squad” will hit theaters on August 6, 2021, Warner Bros. announced Wednesday. Peter Safran and Charles Roven will produce. He will complete this film first, with production to start in September, before returning to Disney for “Guardians 3.”

As TheWrap first reported, Gunn wrote the script for “The Suicide Squad.” The film is said to have a completely new take on the property, in which DC supervillains are recruited by the government to carry out secret missions too dirty for the likes of Superman and Batman.

The “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise has made over $700 million at the box office, with the last installment scoring an opening weekend of $146 million two years ago.

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Marvel Reissues New ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Poster After Backlash From Danai Gurira Credit Omission

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Marvel Adds Danai Gurira’s Name to ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Poster After It Was Left Off the First One

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Marvel has added Danai Gurira’s name to the official poster for “Avengers: Endgame” after failing to include her name among all the other Avengers in the first poster released Thursday morning.

They’ve even issued a new poster for the film, correcting the oversight.

“She should have been up there all this time,” Marvel Studios said in a tweet. “Check out the official Marvel Studios’ #AvengersEndgame poster. @DanaiGurira #WakandaForever.”

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Gurira’s character Okoye appeared on the poster along with all the other Avengers who didn’t get dusted at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War,” but her name was absent. It’s a big omission, considering that Gurira is one of only two black characters among the cast, and Gurira was one of the stars of Marvel’s Best Picture nominated “Black Panther.”

It also sparked some online outrage over her snub.

“Why isn’t [sic] @DanaiGurira ‘s name not on the top of the poster ??? @Marvel. Put some respect on her name,” one user said.

The new poster is otherwise unchanged, but Gurira is now slotted in between Karen Gillan and Bradley Cooper on the very long list of names.

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Disney will release “Avengers: Endgame” in theaters on April 26. See the official new poster below:

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Danai Gurira’s Name Was Left Off the New Poster for ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and People Are Not Happy About it

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The new trailer for “Avengers: Endgame” is thrilling fans because of all the action and drama it includes, but the film’s poster is being called out for what it fails to include: The name of Danai Gurira, one of the film’s stars.

Gurira’s character, Okoye, appears on the poster, but her name isn’t at the top alongside the names of her co-stars.

It’s an especially notable lapse because Gurira is one of only three female characters pictured, and one of two black characters. She is the only black woman on the poster. Additionally, her character, Okoye, is the only one on the poster to have appeared in the film that was just nominated for Best Picture, “Black Panther.”

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“Black women always get the short end of the stick. Why isn’t @DanaiGurira’s name on here but everyone else’s is? Literally everyone else but her. Tf?!,” said one of many people who complained on Twitter.

“Every actor who appears on the poster has their name listed at the top………except Danai Gurira, the one Black woman,” said another.

Marvel did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

The poster features the likenesses and names of Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Brie Larson (Captain Marvel), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon) and Josh Brolin (Thanos).

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“UGHHH. i freakin’ love @DanaiGurira, and she deserves to be listed AT THE TOP too. please explain @MarvelStudios,” another fan wrote.

“Why isn’t @DanaiGurira ‘s name not on the top of the poster ??? @Marvel. Put some respect on her name,” one user said.

The new trailer for the film has racked up nearly six million views on YouTube and is the No. 1 trending video on the site, since being dropped early Thursday morning.

Disney will release “Avengers: Endgame” in theaters on April 26.

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Here we are, just six weeks away from “Avengers: Endgame.” This is it. This is the climax of the first 11 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And Marvel Studios has blessed us with what we can only assume is the final new trailer we’re going to get for this thing, and our hype levels are at maximum. While of course this trailer is still very light on important details — they’re going to keep this thing as under wraps as possible until it actually hits theaters on April 26 — there are some things we can glean from it. So let’s do that right now.

1. Reflecting on the past

The first large chunk of this trailer is spent reflecting on how the good guys ended up here, with flashbacks to “Iron Man,” “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger” from Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We also get some narration from Peggy Carter that is actually something she said to Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) back in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” as well as a shot of Steve carrying Peggy’s casket at her funeral in “Civil War.” And, of course, a few flashes of old heroes who died when Thanos snapped his fingers at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War.”

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It follows that “Endgame” will be heavy on that sort of sentiment since it represents the end of the story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far, and we’re all kind of expecting at least one or two of the main heroes to die before the movie is over. So here’s hoping “Endgame” itself is sentimental in this way as well, instead of this just being a trailer thing.

2. No Thanos

We don’t see Thanos. Nobody mentions Thanos. The Avengers are obviously fighting to undo the thing that Thanos did, but are they going to actually be fighting against Thanos to do it? There’s long been a theory that Thanos will not be the main villain of “Endgame,” though who knows who or what else could be the big bad here. But the fact that Thanos does not get even an indirect shoutout in this trailer will no doubt fuel that theory.

3. This face Rocket makes

There’s not a lot of happiness in this trailer, as mostly we just see folks making sad faces or determined faces or angry faces. But not Rocket (Bradley Cooper). No, in this shot where he’s perched up there on War Machine’s shoulder he looks like he’s excited to ruin somebody’s life. He is HYPED. It’s so nice.

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4. Ant-Man is searching for someone?

There’s this one random shot of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) looking at a light pole that’s been plastered with missing persons posters. Could this be a a glimpse of Ant-Man’s early arc, where he tries to find his family after returning from the Quantum Realm? We do know that Hope Van Dyne, Janet Van Dyne and Hank Pym were all victims of the snap at the end of “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” which was how he himself got stuck down there. Or maybe this scene is just right after he returns to Earth and is learning about what happened for the first time.

5. Hawkeye/Ronin on an exploding space ship?

Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) is no longer just Hawkeye — he’s apparently taken up the mantle of the character Ronin at some point before the main events of “Endgame” get going. And we get some shots of him, alone, in what looks like a big action sequence where he’s running down a hallway away from an explosion. And then, later, in that same hallway wielding his bow.

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The tunnel looks very much like something we’d see in a spaceship, but that’s just a guess since we have no context. But since he’s the only one we see in that environment in this trailer I find this bit very interesting. Perhaps moreso than it actually deserves.

6. Those snazzy white suits

Last year some toy designs leaked that showed some members of the Avengers wearing white uniform suits, and indeed that leak turned out to be legit as we see a bunch of the surviving folks wearing those suits in this trailer. Are these just uniforms, or is there some more practical reason that they’re wearing them? Could they be time travel suits? Suits to allow them to traverse the Quantum Realm? We have more thoughts on this topic here.

7. Steve and Tony are together again!!!!

It’s a small thing because we knew they would reunite in “Endgame,” but after we got through all of “Infinity War” with no scenes of Iron Man and Cap together we’ve been pretty eager to see them get back together. And we finally get to see them share a scene in this trailer, with that part where they’re wearing the white suits.

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8. They might slipping in shots from the end of the movie again

We finally got to see some glimpses of what appears to be a big “Endgame” action sequence, and the location is curious. It’s a totally ravaged landscape, and we see Captain America, Nebula and Rocket and War Machine there. And maybe Ant-Man too, since that bit where’s tiny and pushing a lever looks very aesthetically similar.

I can’t help but wonder, given the precedent set by the “Infinity War” marketing (they literally put Tony Stark mourning Peter Parker in a trailer), if this sequence is from the end of the movie. They’re obviously fighting somebody but we can’t see who it is, and Steve has the angriest look on his face we’ve ever seen. So is Marvel Studios teasing us by sneaking the climactic battle from “Endgame” in this trailer?

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9. Captain Marvel shows up real early in the movie

There’s one bit with Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) in this trailer, way at the end. And what I find very interesting about this bit is that we briefly see the back of Black Widow’s (Scarlett Johansson) head, and she’s sporting the same hairstyle she had in “Infinity War.” Whereas in the rest of the trailer she’s back to being a redhead, which means all that other stuff happens later on. This backs up our read that the scene from “Endgame” that Marvel put in “Captain Marvel” as the mid-credits stinger does take place pretty soon after the fight with Thanos.

10. Kate Bishop?

So, uh, a lot of folks seem to think that this trailer is introducing a new hero, one Kate Bishop. This thought is inspired by this shot of Hawkeye seemingly teaching this young girl archery — Kate Bishop in the comics takes on the Hawkeye mantle after Clint dies. So there is reason to believe that’s what’s happening here. But if they’re just casually bringing her in like this, uh, wow, that wild. But, hey, I guess they did just do something similar in “Captain Marvel.”

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Let’s Talk About Why the Avengers Are Wearing Those White Suits in the New ‘Endgame’ Trailer

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So a few months back we spotted some leaked toy designs that indicated that our heroes would be sporting some very future-looking white uniforms in “Avengers: Endgame,” and that leaked turned out to be completely legit as the third trailer for the impending megablockbuster (you can watch it here) ends by showing  most of the surviving Avengers wearing exactly that.

Specifically, we see Captain America (Chris Evans), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) wearing these new suits. It’s particularly notable that Rhodes is actually wearing his War Machine suit, just modified in the styling of the uniforms.

It’s also notable who we don’t see wearing them: Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Bruce Banner aka the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). We have no context for this scene, whether it happens early on or late in the movie, but it’s worth pointing out that in the brief shots we get of our heroes fighting in what looks like a thoroughly war-torn landscape –which feels like a climax-ish situation — none of them are wearing these things.

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Now, you may be tempted to think these uniforms are just an aesthetic choice, but I don’t think that’s the case. I think there’s an actual practical reason for the Avengers to pop these things on, and it involves travel into the Quantum Realm and/or through time.

It’s fairly well known at this point among the nerds that “Avengers: Endgame” will delve into some previously unused fantastical comic book mechanics to try to undo Thanos’ snap that killed half of everyone in the universe — specifically, time travel. And so they would likely need some kind of suit tailored to that use since that kind of thing isn’t an innate ability. Like how Ant-Man has to wear his suit that was specifically made for shrinking and enlarging himself if he wants to, you know, shrink or enlarge himself.

And if the Avengers are going to travel through time, perhaps by using the Quantum Realm as a shortcut (remember that line about a “time vortex” from “Ant-Man and the Wasp”), then it stands to reason that they would need special suits to actually do that.

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But this is all still speculation, of course. Marvel is doing a pretty great job of not giving away anything even while including all these seemingly revealing shots. But that’s par for the course — they literally put Tony Stark crying over Spider-Man’s ash pile in one of the “Infinity War” trailers and nobody was the wiser about it.

So we’ll see. We’re only a month and a half away now. “Avengers: Endgame” lands in theaters, as you probably know, on April 26.

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Marvel to Develop Animated Series for Disney+ Based on ‘What If’ Comics

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Marvel Studios is producing an animated TV series for the Disney+ streaming platform based on the series of “What If” comics, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

/Film says that the episodes will involve popular Marvel Cinematic Universe characters in alternate histories from what we’ve previously seen in the films, but these stories will not be considered “canon” to the MCU. Kevin Feige is overseeing the series for Marvel.

The “What If” comic book series were stories that explored an alternate history from established comic book storylines and lore. /Film says that one of the confirmed episodes will be an adaptation of “What If? Vol. 1 #47” titled “What If Loki Had Found the Hammer of Thor?”

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The “What If” comics originated in 1977 and have continued in runoffs since then, and the stories have been used to either provide fan service, settle long-running comics debates or imagine ways to tell otherwise impossible or outlandish stories. They range from imagining if all the X-Men had been killed on their first mission, to Jessica Jones joining the Avengers or Spider-Man joining the Fantastic Four, to Iron Man being sent back in time to the time of King Arthur.

The Disney+ animated series, however, will primarily focus on alternate universe stories based on the established Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

As an animated series, it opens the door for existing Marvel talent to reprise their roles in voice work. It was reported in September that Marvel was planning a pair of live-action shows based on MCU characters Loki and Scarlet Witch, with their original actors Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen expected to reprise their parts. No talent has yet been confirmed for the “What If” series.

The news of the series was first reported by /Film.

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‘Captain Marvel’ Flying Past $500M Worldwide Today; MCU Tops $18B

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‘Captain Marvel’ Soars With $20.7 Million at Thursday Box Office

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“Captain Marvel,” Marvel’s first female-led superhero film, soared in its Thursday box office previews by earning an estimated $20.7 million. It opens nationwide this weekend on over 4,310 screens.

This total is the fifth biggest preview gross for any MCU title, behind only the “Avengers” films, “Black Panther” and “Captain America: Civil War.” The total also cracks it into the Top 20 of all time preview opening nights, nestled in between “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” and “Suicide Squad” at number 18.

Independent trackers have the MCU film projected for an opening of $145 million, with Disney projecting a more conservative $125 million. But by serving as a teaser for “Avengers: Endgame” in April after that film’s dramatic cliffhanger, “Captain Marvel” has its sights set high and hopes to go higher, further, faster than not just other female-led tentpole films but fly past other Marvel films and box office record holders.

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Analysts who spoke with TheWrap say that “Captain Marvel” could catch the opening from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” which is currently the highest grossing film with a sole-female lead. That movie made a whopping $25.2 million in its Thursday previews before making $158 million in its opening weekend. The highest opening ever in March is Disney’s live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast,” which did $16.3 million in previews and opened to $174.7 million domestically.

DC’s “Wonder Woman” is the second highest grossing film with a solo-female lead, and it’s the highest grossing female superhero film to date. Its Thursday preview numbers and its opening were more modest however, earning $11 million in Thursday previews ahead of a $103.2 million open. And compared to other Marvel movies, last year’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp” made $11.5 million in Thursday previews on its way to a $216 million open, and “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” did $17 million in its previews.

And internationally, the film has already earned $44 million from 18 material markets, not including China. It opens there Friday, and early estimates indicate an opening day of around $34 million, which would be the second highest MCU opening day in China behind only “Avengers: Infinity War.”

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Brie Larson stars in “Captain Marvel” as Vers, a member of the Kree empire’s elite intergalactic military unit Starforce. When she crash lands on Earth in the 1990s, her goal is to stop an invasion of shapeshifting aliens known as the Skrulls with the help of future SHIELD director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). But along the way, she rediscovers memories that were believed to be erased, memories that reveal that she was once a human fighter pilot named Carol Danvers.

Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck directed “Captain Marvel” from a script they co-wrote with Geneva Robertson-Dworet. The film also stars Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law. It currently has an 81 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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(Spoilers ahead for “Captain Marvel’”

Last summer, we here at TheWrap wrote a bunch of speculative pieces in response to the completely insane “Avengers: Infinity War” cliffhanger. The most popular of those — and by far the longest at 2200 words — was about how “Captain Marvel,” hitting theaters less than two months before the then-unnamed “Avengers: Endgame,” would likely have some deep ties to the Avengers’ battle against Thanos.

And yet, somehow, it just doesn’t. “Captain Marvel” has absolutely no apparent relevance to the current greater plot of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And that is extremely weird.

It was tough, last year, to imagine that “Captain Marvel” wouldn’t be hugely relevant to “Infinity War” and “Endgame” beyond just introducing us to Carol Danvers. Thanos in the comics, after all, was a longtime enemy for Mar-Vell — you know, the person from whom Carol takes the Captain Marvel moniker. This movie could naturally work not just as a prequel to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in general, but also specifically to Thanos’ crusade.

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And there were a few tangible reasons from the movies themselves to think that “Captain Marvel” would function that way. In “Infinity War,” Thanos indicates his crusade began about two decades prior, making the mid-90s setting for “Captain Marvel” very conspicuous. In another scene he says “I ignored my destiny once,” a comment you could interpret as referring to the fall of Titan. But I don’t buy that interpretation, because that sentiment doesn’t quite jive with how he described that situation. What would his destiny have been in that situation? To institute his death lottery by force? No, the vibe there is that the fall of Titan turned him from someone who tries to convince into someone who imposes his will. If that line was referring to the fall of Titan, then it did so clumsily.

Maybe the hardest evidence we had that “Captain Marvel” would hold meaningful relevance to “Infinity War” and “Endgame” is the inclusion of Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) in the cast of characters. Ronan was of course first seen in “Guardians of the Galaxy” working for Thanos as part of Thanos’ crusade to exterminate half of all life in the galaxy.

Remember this was in the years before Thanos finally acquired all the Infinity Stones, when he or his underlings invaded one planet at a time and murdered half the population. Ronan was in charge of the invasion of Drax the Destroyer’s homeworld, and personally murdered Drax’s family. But Ronan only worked for Thanos because rejected a peace treaty between the Kree empire and Xandar; Thanos promised to destroy Xandar if Ronan would serve him.

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We knew months in advance that in “Captain Marvel,” which takes place in 1995, Ronan is still part of the Kree military. Which means at some point between 1995 and 2014, Xandar and the Kree ended their war, and Ronan left the Kree empire in outrage and pledged himself to Thanos. It would have been easy for “Captain Marvel” to include something that sets these events in motion, even if only a reference or a conversation.

Yet, bafflingly, Ronan is only in “Captain Marvel” as a reference to another MCU movie, and there’s nothing here that even begins to point at why he would abandon his people to join Thanos. He’s just kinda in this movie, barely participating, and you’d be forgiven if you didn’t even realize he was a character you’d already seen because he’s not at all significant even just in the context of this movie.

And don’t even get me started on the pager thing. One bit I felt was key coming in to this movie was that there had to be a real reason why Carol had not come back to Earth before now, and why Fury had not tried to call her in during one of the world-ending threats the MCU heroes had faced before now. Instead, Carol just give Fury the upgraded pager and said to call only in an “emergency.” They needed to rationalize in-universe why nothing in the past decade of MCU stories qualified as an “emergency,” and that’s not it. They didn’t even make this movie relevant in that way.

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And then, like, how do you put this movie on the calendar just six weeks before “Avengers: Endgame” and have it be so irrelevant to the greater story? We’re all gripped by #EndgameFever right now, and so the absence of any meaningful nuggets that provide some kind of meaningful context to the ongoing story is kind of deflating if you’re emotionally invested in this franchise. Part of the excitement for “Captain Marvel” — a not-insignificant part — was that it felt like it was going to be an important new installment in the MCU.

Instead, it’s just a side story, moreso even than the other MCU movie we got during this interlude, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” — that movie, while certainly acting as a light side plot to counter the grimness of “Infinity War,” was laying down important groundwork for “Endgame” with all the Quantum Realm stuff. Plus, it had a mid-credits stinger that leads directly into this next “Avengers” movie. “Captain Marvel,” by contrast, just has an actual scene from “Endgame” in lieu of setting anything up.

And look — I can admit that it’s entirely possible that my read on this is wrong and that it will turn out that something or some things we saw in “Captain Marvel” is in retrospect actually tangibly related to “Infinity War” and “Endgame” beyond just showing how Carol unlocked her full potential. Like sure, it’s important that she’s got full command of her Tesseract-given abilities — it certainly means something that she’s got some Infinity Stone powers in her. But actual plot setup for “Endgame” would be showing how those powers will be specifically meaningful in the upcoming fight, and that did not happen here.

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But yeah, sure, maybe there are some key plot details in “Captain Marvel” that are important parts of the ongoing story and it won’t be obvious what they are until after we see “Endgame.” I don’t know why they would have done it that way. These movies are, ultimately, advertisements for each other, so it doesn’t make sense to buries those details and make the advertisement aspect less effective.

At this moment, though, I’m a bit confused as to how Marvel would choose to introduce this character right now, in this manner — as if the Avengers wouldn’t be able to stop Thanos in without her, as if there was some specific reason why she stayed away from Earth for 24 years — and then just give us a movie where nothing that happens in it appears to be relevant to “Endgame,” the movie that will end the story of the first 11 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I just don’t get it.

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(Spoilers ahead, obviously, for the end of “Captain Marvel.”)

In standard fashion for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Captain Marvel” does contain some extra content after the credits. Every single MCU movie has had something extra for fans after the credits roll, and in the last few years there’s usually two extra bits (or more than two, in the case of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”). “Captain Marvel” doesn’t buck that trend, but it does buck tradition with regards to what kind of content those scenes typically contain.

The standard thing at this point is for each movie to have two bonus bits — one being a tease for an upcoming MCU movie during the middle of the credits, and the other being a funny little extra at the very end. There are exceptions, like how “Avengers: Infinity War” having only one extra scene at the very end of the credits showing Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) putting out a distress call to Captain Marvel (Brie Larson).

“Captain Marvel” bucks the norm by not just teasing an upcoming film, but actually containing a scene from it. Some past movies have done this before — “Ant-Man” had a scene from “Captain America: Civil War,” and “Doctor Strange” showed us part of Strange’s appearance in “Thor: Ragnarok” — but it doesn’t happen often. Usually the bonus content during or after the credits is unique.

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But for “Captain Marvel,” they straight up put in a scene from “Avengers: Endgame” as the mid-credits scene. This is apparently the scene in which some of the surviving Avengers — Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), War Machine (Don Cheadle) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) specifically — meet Carol Danvers for the first time. This is not, I repeat, just a look ahead at “Endgame.” This is actually a scene from that movie.

The scene shows us that our heroes have retrieved Nick Fury’s pager and have plugged it into some kind of array, but they have no idea what its purpose is. Judging by the fact that they’re all staring at screens counting the casualties of the snap, with those numbers going up in realtime as they watch, this scene happens fairly soon after the snap.

At the beginning of the scene, the pager shuts off, an upsetting development since they know the thing is important even if they don’t know who it’s trying to contact. So they’re about to try to figure out what’s wrong with it when, out of nowhere, Carol appears in the room, asking where Fury is.

It’ll be interesting to find out what exactly happened there. Did Carol just materialize out of thin air? Did she teleport in from someplace far away? Neither of those things are abilities she demonstrated she had in “Captain Marvel,” but 24 years is a long time to hone your abilities. So we’ll see.

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