Quite a few interesting tidbits have come from Collider’s report of their Captain Marvel set visit. One such tidbit is that, in coming films, it will be explained why Nick Fury didn’t use that pager we saw at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. When asked about the mysterious pager, executive producer Jonathan Schwartz replied:
“I think it’s a combination of things. I think we will understand over the course of these movies why Fury makes the decisions that he does. He’s always a mysterious guy and he always has his own reasons, but hopefully, we can clarify some of that for the audience.”
“Why didn’t Fury use the pager sooner?” is a question that many fans, including myself, have had since last year. Just since 2012, there have been several alien invasions across the MCU, an AI-robot attack, and countless other super-threats that Nick has been very aware of. What was it about people turning to dust in the street that would call for Captain Marvel’s intervention more than an alien/god attempting to rule the planet? There is clearly a lot they aren’t telling us, and it sounds like we will have our answer somewhere between Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame.
Perhaps, as a fan theory from last year suggests, Doctor Strange could have a cameo in the movie, likely in a post-credits scene, that sets up the events needed for the Avengers to win against Thanos. He could travel back in time and warn Nick Fury of the Thanos threat, compelling him to keep the pager to contact Carol when the time comes. This theory makes complete sense to me and it would be really cool to see it come to fruition.
In any case, we will have to wait and see. Both Captain Marvel and Endgame come out later this year, in March and April respectively. We will get our answers soon.