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Here's just one example: What was very likely a Captain Marvel easter egg (and an awesome one at that) was staring us in the face this entire time, and it doesn't show up in the post-credits sequence when a fading Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) sends out a distress beacon to Carol Danvers (Brie Larson). No, the moment comes less than 20 minutes into the movie, when Black Order members Cull Obsidian (Terry Notary) and Ebony Maw (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) show up in New York for the Time Stone dangling around the neck of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch).
You may have been distracted by Obsidian's imposing form and his powerful, battle-axe-looking weapon, but a quick glance at his waist reveals a flapping scarf-like piece of fabric that matches the exact colors and design of Captain Marvel's costume. Is it a trophy taken from a previous battle with Danvers or something else entirely?
Take a look at the image below and tell us we're wrong:
Naturally, fans on Reddit and beyond have begun to speculate on what the significance of the scarf (which almost resembles a Jewish prayer shawl known as a "tallis") could be. One interesting theory from Reddit user Modification102 goes:
"I think a reasonable assumption is that Cull Obsidian has a personal tie to the same faction that Captain Marvel is aligned with. So Cull is not referencing Captain Marvel specifically, rather CM & Cull Obsidian are both referencing a different organisation."
Whether this turns out to be true or not, it's not out of the realm of possibility that Danvers clashed with the Black Order in the past. After all, why would Nick Fury page her at such a specific moment, unless she warned him back in the 1990s that Thanos (Josh Brolin) might one day try to wipe out a good chunk of the universe?
We know she's been hanging out in space all this time and, having been in the thick of the Kree-Skrull conflict, knows about the cosmic threats facing all of existence. Think about it: Kree leader Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) will be featured in Captain Marvel's origin story, but we already know that he eventually threw his lot in with Thanos, so that he could bring about the end of Xandar. So, does that mean we'll see the Mad Titan and his children in Captain Marvel? Cull's scarf seems to indicate such an eventuality.
Captain Marvel will be released in theaters on March 8, 2019, with the fourth Avengers film arriving May 3.