Infinity War’s post-credits scene: what it tells us about the future of Marvel films

The film's sequel doesn't arrive until May next year

With the release of Avengers: Infinity War, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ballooned to bigger proportions than ever. But what does that mean for the now-indispensable Marvel post-credits scene?

Well, it’s a huge one, that’s what. Instead of the normal one-two punch of credits scenes, Infinity War has just one, and it’s extremely dramatic. Following the tumultuous events of the film, which features the series’ biggest battle ever, we see Thanos’ powers wreaking havoc on New York City and its inhabitants.

What happens in the Infinity War post-credits scene?

We begin with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Commander Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) in New York City. As Thanos clicks his fingers and erases half of the world’s population, cars start crashing on the freeway they’re on.

As they’re dealing with the chaos, Hill begins to feel the effects of Thanos’ power, melting away into thin air, while Fury reaches for a communication device and begins sending a message. He, too, begins dissolving into nothing – “Motherfu…” he says – but he wasn’t unsuccessful. As his communicator drops to the ground, we see the Captain Marvel logo on its screen, as the scene cuts to black.

What does it mean?

Captain Marvel when her solo film is released in March 2019. Carol Danvers will be played by the Oscar-winning Brie Larson, and Nick Fury will reportedly play an important role in the film – set in the 1990s, years prior to Infinity War – meaning Fury has no eyepatch. Captain Marvel will be the first superhero he has met.

Some fans are speculating that Captain Marvel will be crucial to reversing the damage caused by Thanos, when the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War is released in May 2019: Marvel boss Kevin Feige has said she is the MCU’s “most powerful hero by far”.