An interesting issue that unfolds when introducing ultra-superpowered heroes in the MCU, particularly when their origins stem way back in the universe’s history, is that you’re left wondering why they weren’t used earlier.
If you haven’t seen Avengers: Infinity War… well, get out from under that rock. Spoilers m’kay.
So yeah, Thanos got his way at the end of Infinity War, snapping his fingers and eliminating half of life in the universe – in order to save the other half, of course. After the horror of witnessing many of our favourite heroes get dusted, there was a big reveal as we caught up with Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders’s Maria Hill. They were also hit with the dusting, but as Fury met his “end” he managed to page someone, and Captain Marvel‘s symbol was unveiled.
Exciting stuff. BUT, hey, Fury… you’re telling us you could have called the oh-so powerful Carol Danvers before? Like, during any number of those other massive incidents to occur in the 19 MCU movies prior to Infinity War?? During that big New York battle in The Avengers, for example???
Marvel movie producer extraordinaire Kevin Feige was asked about this by /Film. Here’s how the Q&A went down:
/Film: And I know you probably have an answer for this. Why didn’t Nick Fury not use the pager until Infinity War? Because this big hole opened up in the sky and aliens attacked New York City.
Kevin Feige: Well, I’d say two things. One, she does say it’s gotta be a real emergency, right? Yeah.
/Film: Because that was just a city. I guess that’s not the world.
Kevin Feige: 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.
/Film: Good answer.
I’d say it’s an okay answer. Feige’s second point is a decent one. We don’t actually know if he’s tried to page her before. Maybe he has, and perhaps she was too busy in the middle of some intergalactic battle of her own to respond. Now, that first point…
It’s safe to say that Thanos’ snap is by far the most extreme thing to have happened in the MCU, but it’s not as though Fury knew this would be the biggest thing to happen. Why would he not have classified any of those previous incidents – aliens invading NYC, Ultron lifting part of a capital city skyward to crash it into the ground and cause global extinction – as “a real emergency”?
Samuel L. Jackson had a similar point to Feige. Speaking to IGN, he explained his thoughts on why Fury hadn’t called Cap Marvel until the dusting:
“We finally have an emergency that I feel warrants her presence. This is unprecedented. How are you gonna fight that? I can’t fight that. If I’m not here, I need to find someone to come here who can handle it. All those people are ineffective. They’re great for normal, everyday world disaster. But intergalactic badass who has all the Infinity Stones needs a bit more.”
We’ll find out what Captain Marvel will bring to the fight against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame, which arrives in Australia on April 25 and hits the US on April 26.