Share Share Captain Marvel was Nick Furys Avengers Plan B, new Infinity War prequel shows tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Marvel Studios Nick Fury has always believed in the Avengers, this weeks official Captain Marvel preview comic reminds us, before it shows us how the superhero team failed to live up to his expectations.
But Fury has always had a back up plan. And his Plan B for an entire team of superheroes is one woman: Captain Marvel.
Marvel Captain Marvel Prelude shows us the road that lead to Nick Fury grabbing his beeper and contacting Captain Marvel is a lot longer than you might expect — the issue begins with a reminder of the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron. The events of Age of Ultron directly led to the Sokovia Accords, a call for the Avengers to accept government oversight or disband, and the fallout from the Accords led directly to the Avengers breaking up.
To Nick Fury, thats a problem. After all, he brought the Avengers together in the first place — he even used the death of one of his subordinates to manipulate Captain America, Iron Man and Thor into setting aside their differences to work together.
Otherworldly threats are one thing, he tells Agent Maria Hill in Captain Marvel Prelude, shortly after the events of Captain America: Civil War, but this rift [the Sokovia Accords] caused between Stark and Rogers might be something neither one can ever come back from. We cant afford that kind of infighting.
But still, Fury believes that if something truly existential threatened humanity, the Avengers would reunite. Maria alludes to the old adage that you should never meet your heroes, because theyll just disappoint you.
You got one we havent called yet? Might be helpful to have a backup plan in case the worst should ever come.
Boy, Nick, that sure is a conspicuous shot of you slipping a beeper into your duffle bag! Will Corona Pilgrim, Andrea Di Vito/Marvel Comics The next few scenes in the comic show Fury and Hill trying to entice an underground Captain America that its time to come in from the cold, and convince a prideful Tony Stark that everyones cooled down enough to get the band back together. But neither is interested.
By then, its too late: The next scene is the end credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War, in which Fury and Hill both crumble into dust after Thanos Snap, and Nick just manages to ping Captain Marvel.
Marvels string of Marvel Cinematic Universe prelude books are usually mostly recaps of existing films, and Marvel Captain Marvel Prelude is no different, but it does has one subtle message, and one significant point.
First, the Avengers didnt fail in Infinity War just because Thanos was powerful, the comic points out, but because they didnt come together as a team.
What did Captain Marvel do to earn not just his trust, but his esteem? Well find out in March, 2019, when Captain Marvel hits theaters.
While Brie Larsons first solo adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe doesnt arrive until March, the road to Captain Marvel began back in April, in the post-credits scene at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. As we all know by now, Nick Fury took out a pager and sent a message just before he was turned to dust, and the logo on the fallen pager revealed that he was calling on Carol Danvers for help.
This of course left fans with the biggest question, “Why now?” Why did Fury wait until half of the universe had been wiped away before trying to get the Avengers a little extra help? It seems strange, but now we finally have an answer.