Avengers: Infinity War’s After-Credits Ending Scene Explained — What It Means

Avengers: Infinity War‘s run in theaters has wrapped up and has now arrived in the form of a digital release, with physical versions still to come. The arrival of “destiny” as promised by Thanos, after ten long years of waiting and 18 movies, the moment we’ve been waiting for has come. It brought with it a whole bunch of questions, most importantly: what do we do now? With the movie’s post-credits scene, that becomes just a tiny bit more clear.

The end of Infinity War is very literally an end–the actual, genuine annihilation of half the universe at the hands of Thanos, armed with a fully powered Infinity Gauntlet. Not exactly the feel good, heroic, triumphant superhero vibe of Avengers past. Thanos has won, and from where we’re sitting, it looks like his victory is absolute.

But all hope isn’t lost. Though Infinity War deviates from Marvel’s post-credits formula slightly by including only one stinger, rather than what’s become the customary two, the movie’s final moments give us the briefest glimpse of what’s on the horizon.

Here’s the scene: Nick Fury and Maria Hill speed through a New York City that is slowly descending into chaos. As Fury notes that something big is happening in Wakanda, he tells Hill to get in touch with someone named Klein, likely this guy from Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron–which may point to more progress in Fury’s somewhat forgotten efforts to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D in the wake of its official Hydra-fueled destruction.

But the effects of Thanos’s finger-snap are reverberating across the galaxy and, one by one, people are disappearing at random. This means literally anyone–pilots, drivers, pedestrians–vanishing into thin air, no matter what they may have been in the middle of. So naturally, as more and more people crumble, helicopters are crashing, cars are veering off the road–you get the idea. The world is not in a great place, and Fury and Hill are left trying to puzzle through what’s happening.

Unfortunately, even their time is limited. As they scramble out of their car, Hill begins to crumble and abruptly vanishes, leaving Fury on his own. He pulls out a device–something that looks almost like a beeper–and dials out just as he himself begins to disintegrate.

This guy might turn out important?
This guy might turn out important?

As Fury blows away in the wind, the device he was holding clatters to the ground and we’re left staring at what we can only assume is the transmission of a distress signal. Though there is no text on the screen to give an official destination, a symbol or logo soon appears–the blue, red and gold emblem associated with none other than Captain Marvel.

We’ve known for some time that a Captain Marvel movie is coming–set photos of Brie Larson in costume have been filtering in since filming kicked off–but her role in the still unnamed Avengers 4 remains shrouded in mystery, just like the rest of the film. We do know, however, that her solo movie will be released in March of next year (two months prior to the next Avengers, due in May) and be set in the ’90s, which leaves her in an interesting position considering Infinity War‘s very present day ending.

Just how long has Fury known about Captain Marvel? Where has she been all this time? Is the distress signal actually going to Carol Danvers or is it going to someone like, say, her mentor Captain Mar-Vell instead?

Perhaps more importantly: what exactly can Captain Marvel do in the face of a fully powered Infinity Gauntlet?

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Carol Danvers traditionally gets her powers from her Kree heritage, making her similar to what we might expect from an Asgardian in the MCU, with a few twists. In the books she has enhanced durability, strength and speed, as well as the ability to fly and shoot energy projectiles from her hands. She also has an abundance of military and tactical training both on Earth and with the Kree army, making her a formidable force both in the heat of battle and in any war room–so it’s not that she’s incapable, by any means.

But all the training and superpowers in the universe seem dwarfed by the force of the Infinity Stones, even with the Infinity Gauntlet in the damaged state that the movie leaves it in, so it’s unlikely that she’ll be able to show up on Earth without some sort of back up and expect to make a difference. Luckily, there are a few other cosmic Marvel heroes who have been alluded to in the past who just might be able to lend a hand. We saw the Nova Corps in Guardians of the Galaxy, which paves the way for Nova to get involved, especially if Thanos destroyed the entire Corps when he nabbed the Power Stone from them, which would fit with Nova’s origin in the comics. And don’t forget Adam Warlock, who was referenced in the Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 post-credits scene.

While you’re here, read our spoiler-free Infinity War review or find out the best order to catch up on the MCU if you haven’t already.

There is buzz around the NBA that legal betting could cause player salaries to spike again and create more wild offseason spending sprees

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  • There is a buzz in the NBA that legal sports betting could create another salary cap spike, paving the way for free agency spending sprees.
  • On Tuesday, the NBA announced a deal with MGM Resorts to become the official gaming partner of the league, the first such deal for the four major American sports leagues.
  • It’s unclear when and how much legal sports betting might affect the league, but some think the NBA will continue to monetize it, creating a “windfall” that could once again raise the cap.

The NBA on Tuesday announced an official partnership with MGM Resorts to make MGM the gaming partner of the NBA and WNBA.

The deal, the NBA’s first sports betting partnership, comes after New Jersey, Delaware, and Mississippi legalized sports betting, paving the way for a Supreme Court decision.

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Promising open-world Lovecraft horror The Sinking City gets its first gameplay trailer

Developer Frogwares has unveiled the first gameplay trailer for its promising open-world Lovecraft horror, The Sinking City, which is due to launch next March on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. A word of warning: this probably isn’t an ideal watch if straight razors (or tentacles) make you squeamish.

Frogwares, whose previous work includes the extremely solid investigation-based Sherlock Holmes series, announced The Sinking City – described as the developer’s most ambitious project to date – in March last year.

Several suitably atmospheric cinematic teasers and trailers have been released since then, but the latest is the first to include a look at The Sinking City in action – although some of the footage might seem familiar to fans who’ve been following the game’s progress closely, through Frogwares’ behind-the-scenes development updates.

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World of Warcraft. War is right there in the name. It’s been the centerpiece of the series since it started as a real-time strategy game in 1994. Back then, the war centered on Orcs and Humans. In sequels, that evolved into the Alliance (Humans and their friends) vs. the Horde (Orcs and their friends). World of Warcraft uses the Horde and All…Read More

Samsung’s Smart Speaker To Ship With Bixby 2.0

Samsung is expected to enter the smart speaker race as well with its very own product which will be powered by Bixby, its virtual assistant. A new report out of China claims that Samsung’s smart speaker will ship with Bixby 2.0. The next iteration of its assistant is said to feature significant improvements that address many of the pain points that Bixby users have had since its launch last year.

Samsung’s Bixby assistant was launched with the Galaxy S8 last year. It has developed a bit of a bad reputation for itself even though it offers deep integration with many features of the compatible devices.

Bixby 2.0 was announced at the Samsung Developer Conference late last year. The company has focused on transforming it into an intelligence tool which will be able to accomplish more complex tasks. The speaker won’t be the first device with Bixby 2.0, though. Samsung has previously confirmed that the Galaxy Note 9 will be the first to ship with the next iteration of Bixby.

We’ll get a better idea of what it’s capable of once the Galaxy Note 9 is in our hands. Samsung is expected to release its new smartphone on August 24th. It’s unclear as yet when the company is planning to release its smart speaker, some are still holding out on hope that the company will do that before the end of this year.

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How to automatically delete your old tweets

Online sleuths have spent the past several years uncovering some of our deepest and darkest secrets. Secrets that, for whatever reason, we decided to make public. It’s fair game. Once you tweet something publicly, it’s available to anyone who feels like doing a little digging. Often, these tweets are in the public interest, especially as it relates to politicians, celebrities, or even your favorite brands. For most, there’s little to fear. There’s the odd drunken rant or image, maybe. Embarrassing, but not all that damaging. Others, though, have something far darker to hide. Whether it’s racist tirades, homophobic language, or…

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iPhone and iPad unit sales plateau again in Apple Q3 2018

In Apple’s Q3 2018 earnings report, the company revealed that unit sales of both the iPad and the iPhone were almost identical to last year at this time. Sequentially, iPhone sales revenue and unit sales took a real dip – which is pretty standard for this time of year. Let’s compare this quarter’s hardware sales data to last year’s at … Continue reading