One of the most burning questions left by Avengers Infinity War was how Nick Fury received the pager he used to call Captain Marvel. You’ll remember that during the end credits and just after he and Maria Hill fell victim to the “Decimation”, the screen panned to the pager with Captain Marvel’s symbol on it. Immediately viewers knew that something/someone special was on their way.
Captain Marvel answered that question but left us with so many more. Of all the questions, one stood out above all the rest.
Ever wonder why Captain Marvel didn’t show up after the Battle of New York? How about why she didn’t come after Malekith destroyed Greenwich? Or even when the Helicarriers fell at the end of Captain America The Winter Soldier? Basically, what I’m asking is why didn’t Nick Fury use Captain Marvel’s pager earlier?
Kevin Feige, the man who brought the world the MCU for the last 10 years, has finally given clarity to the question.
“Well, I’d say two things. One, she does say it’s gotta be a real emergency, right? 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.”
His response is interesting for two reasons. First, what qualifies as a reel emergency? Does a fall ship the size of a small city not meet the criteria? Or what about an alien invasion threatening one of the most populous cities in the United States?
Second, if he has hit it, why didn’t she come? As a former earthbound human transformed into a Kree Warrior, wouldn’t she have invested interest in her home? And if not her home, at least in her friends and those she loves? I suppose we won’t know or find out until Kevin Feige wants us to find out. That is, if we even find out at all.
Captain Marvel is currently in theatres and will remain there for the foreseeable future.