*WARNING: THE FOLLOWING POST INCLUDES SPOILERS FOR AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE FILM YET, THEN DO NOT READ THIS POST. SERIOUSLY – AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR IS A FILM THAT YOU SHOULD SEE SPOILER-FREE.*

So, if you’ve watched Avengers: Infinity War and you’re reading this post then I presume that you’re not 100% sure what that post credit scene was all about. No sweat, Chet – let me explain.

OK, so after a very, very, very long list of credits the movie opens back up with two characters who were absent from the rest of the film – Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders). The two characters are travelling in a car, in the middle of New York, when their car crashes into a vehicle in front.

Upon investigating the crash they discover the driver has disappeared. It is at this point that they notice other disappearances – a result of Thanos’ grand plan.

Hill then begins to disappear, causing Fury to reach into his car for a device. Just as he himself begins to disappear he activates the device, sending out a distress signal.

As the scene comes to an end, the camera pans in on the device. A symbol appears and the scene fades out.

So, what was that all about?

Captain Marvel

Image: Marvel Comics

Well, the symbol on the distress device belongs to Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel – a character we’ve yet to see in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, Captain Marvel is a character we will see very, very soon – and one who will appear before the next Avengers movie.

Brie Larson is currently filming Captain Marvel – the 21st movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – which arrives in cinemas March 2019. The movie will be set during the 1990s – long before the events of Infinity War – and will detail the early interactions between Nick Fury and Carol Danvers.

So, Fury’s distress signal at the end of Infinity War is a call out to Danvers AND most important of all, it is a sign of hope at the end of the movie. After all that happens in Infinity War, the idea that someone might be able to turn things around is a pretty good coda to sign off with.