Explaining Captain Marvel’s Post-Credits Scene

Marvel Studios' "Captain Marvel" is produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. "I don't remember ever having a conversation saying, "There will not be a love interest.' There was only a conversation, 'We're telling Carol Danvers" origin story.' And this was her origin story, and her origin story was focused on her growth and the female friends and mentors and inspirations around her". Oh wait, Chris Evans is Captain America.

From Larson's intense gaze (and awesome black turtleneck and silver trousers combo) to Jackson's impressive commitment to the fun spirit of the tune, this looks like it could be one of the best Carpool Karaoke duets of the whole series. Widow asks Banner who says the signal has stopped. They're worth checking out - just as you couldn't go wrong with any of the indie back catalogue of Ragnarok director Taika Waititi - but neither one features a character who can shoot photon blasts from her hands. But today, I suddenly felt that Brie Larson's superhero deserved all my love. Why?

"Captain Marvel" is firmly in the latter category.

So, is this an actual scene from Avengers: Endgame, a heavily edited version of a scene, or something filmed exclusively for the Captain Marvel post-credits scene? She'll have to convince MCU fans that she's a vital part of the cinematic universe, despite being introduced fully only in this penultimate film of the current Marvel cycle. (Fortunately, she will have another shot at it when the character returns to be the wrench in Thanos' world-destroying machine in Avengers: Endgame this summer.) Jackson, perhaps hampered by playing a character who is roughly 35 years younger than his actual age, gives a less full-blooded performance than we've grown accustomed to. As Carol actually derives her powers from the Tesseract, the Space Infinity Stone, she probably now has the ability to teleport.

That's what's best about "Captain Marvel".

As you may have read in the first reactions to the film, the cat Goose (played mainly by a cat named Reggie, as well as Gonzo, Rizzo, and Archie) steals the show.

In the movie, Goose the cat is revealed to be a Flerken.

She will succeed, because Captain Marvel is a blistering two hours of action, comedy, awesome 90s tunes from the likes of Hole, No Doubt and The Breeders (that could do for Riotgrrl and Grunge what The Guardians of the Galaxy did for 70s pop and funk), knowing nods to the rest of the MCU (and Top Gun), and an overpowering sense of female empowerment.

Fans are excited to see the newest Marvel superhero hit the big screen. We open in a dusty dream, we spend a brief moment on the Kree capital planet of Hala, we jump to another alien planet with competing species and a shape-shifting enemy that makes discerning differences moot, and then we're off to Earth. There's no denying that Larson is a talented actor, but she's tasked with breathing life into a character who seems to change in name only.

  • Kyle Peterson