Kevin Feige Reveals Why Nick Fury Never Paged Captain Marvel Before Avengers: Infinity War

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We all remember the post-credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War, right? With Thanos having wiped out half the universe, Nick Fury finds himself turning to dust but before he does, he sends an S.O.S. on an amped-up pager. The message was clear for fans: Captain Marvel‘s coming to help the remaining heroes in Avengers: Endgame

We can’t wait to see Carol Danvers team up with the likes of Cap, Black Widow and co. this April, but the sequence does raise the question of, if he’s had a method of contacting her all this time, why has Fury never brought Brie Larson’s heroine back down to Earth before now? After all, the gang probably would’ve appreciated the help during both the Battle of New York and Ultron’s attack on Sokovia.

With Captain Marvel now in cinemas, /Film got the chance to talk with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and asked him to help clear up the all-important mystery. As it happens, the producer had a two-part explanation ready. First off, he suggested that even the events of past Avengers movies were not big enough to warrant Carol’s involvement, saying:

“Well, I’d say two things. One, she does say it’s gotta be a real emergency, right? Yeah.”

That sounds unlikely at first, but if you think about it – in both The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron – the danger was kept in one city by the heroes. So, Fury probably thought an interplanetary warrior like Captain Marvel wouldn’t be needed, what with numerous other superheroes already on the case.

Secondly, and more intriguingly, Feige added that we don’t actually know for sure that Fury never called Carol back down to Earth before IW. Maybe she just never returned his messages before?

“The other thing I’d say is how do you know he never hit it? How do we know he never pushed it before? We’ve never seen him push it before. That doesn’t mean he never did.”

If that’s the case, it seems that the disappearance of half of the universe was enough to convince Carol that she really was needed this time, which led her to speed on down to her home-world.

In any case, we’ll see what happens next when Avengers: Endgame hits theaters in April. Before that though, be sure to check out Captain Marvel, as it’s now playing everywhere.