The MCU has faced more than its share of world-threatening dangers over the years, and while Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and associates have usually managed to make things right, there’ve been several close calls, raising the question of why Nick Fury has been sitting on what might be his biggest trump card for the last couple of decades. We’re of course referring to Carol Danvers, who’s set to make her big screen debut in the next year’s Captain Marvel and will be joined by a de-aged Fury in the recently reported year of 1995.
Despite knowing about Brie Larson’s character all this time, Fury only chose to call on the services of the franchise’s most powerful hero to date in this year’s Avengers: Infinity War, and according to author Will Corona Pilgrim, the former S.H.I.E.L.D. director had good reason to wait this long:
“Carol’s the biggest gun you’ve got and Fury’s never one to waste a silver bullet, so if he’s finally making that call after all this time and after all he’s faced alongside the Avengers, then he’s truly seeing the situation as a last resort.”
Pilgrim’s latest project is the new Captain Marvel Prelude comic, a series that’s said to be leading up to an actual appearance from Carol. Since we’re still only at issue #1, we’re only getting vague hints at the moment of what’s to come, with this first release delving into the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War. So far, we’ve seen a couple of panels showing the pager that Fury would use to call Captain Marvel two years later, while Samuel L. Jackson’s character alludes to Carol as a last resort that he hopefully won’t ever need.
As it stands, it’s still a bit unclear why Fury has previously proven so reluctant to play his Carol card, raising the question of whether there’s some price to pay for bringing this hero into the action. Either way, we’ll no doubt have a better understanding of things when Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8th, 2019.