In the final moments of Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos’ plans to wipe out half of all life in the universe is well underway and we see Nick Fury make a last-ditch cry for help.
In the post-credits scene, Fury takes out a very ’90s-style pager and sends out an SOS message before he fades away – but concept artist Fausto De Martini has revealed that it wasn’t always a pager that Fury used to send the distress signal.
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Captain Marvel Pager design I did for Avengers, Infinity War! The final design was based on a previous version done by another artist. Russel Bobbit (Prop Master) had the fun idea to pitch a palm pilot as well, hence the versions of the design you see here 😊
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Fausto, who has worked on the likes of Star Wars, Transformers and even the long-awaited Avatar sequels, showed off the alternative designs for the communication device on his Instagram, which included the ultimate ’90s throwback: the Palm Pilot.
“Captain Marvel Pager design I did for Avengers, Infinity War!” he captioned the images. “The final design was based on a previous version done by another artist. Russel Bobbit (Prop Master) had the fun idea to pitch a palm pilot as well, hence the versions of the design you see here.”
As long as it’s Captain Marvel on the other end of that SOS call, we don’t mind what it looks like.
The post-credits scene sets up Captain Marvel’s arrival in the MCU, and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has previously talked about Carol Dancers’ importance in the Marvel universe.
“She is more powerful than any character we’ve introduced thus far,” says Feige. “So that alone tells you that there’s a reason Nick hit that button at the end [of Infinity War], when he realised that they were up against something far bigger than they had ever been up against before.
“And having her on your side is hopefully going to change the balance of power in a way that they desperately need.”
As for why the Captain Marvel movie will be coming to us from the ’90s, Feige kept that one a bit more of mystery, saying it’ll make sense when we see it.
“It allows us to play in an area that we have never played in before,” he teased. “And tapping into a ’90s action genre was fun for us and being able to see an earlier part of the MCU before Nick Fury knew anything about aliens or anything about super-powered people.”
He also teased that Captain Marvel will be playing into the Kree-Skrull War, “a huge part of the comic mythology”, adding: “[It] seemed like a fun thing to try and a fun way to give Carol Danvers her own standalone origin story.”
Captain Marvel will be released on March 8, 2019, while Avengers 4 arrives in cinemas in the UK on April 26, 2019, and in the US on May 3, 2019. Avengers: Infinity War is out now on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download.
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