After months of rumors and confirmations then debunking those confirmations, fans got to see Avengers: Infinity War and learn the awful truth: Captain Marvel does not appear in the movie.
But the film’s sole post-credits tag does make a major reference to the character, with her logo showing up on a modified cellular pager — a nod to her ’90s-set solo film that will surely explain where Nick Fury obtained such exotic tech.
Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo spoke about their decision to leave Captain Marvel out of the film while speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, answering if her appearance was ever in the cards.
“No, we want to save her reveal,” said Joe.
“We also wanted to, it was very important to us to commit… we wanted to commit to this ending very hard,” added Anthony. “We didn’t want to go past the ending very much.”
“And we considered not doing any tags. For that reason,” Joe said. “Then we thought maybe it was too brutal. Everything’s about trying to find balance.”