With a movie as anticipated as Captain Marvel, which won't hit theaters until next March, any scrap of information that's put out there is going to get repeatedly combed over in search of possible clues. It's how we found out about Chewie, the cosmic hero's pet Flerken, after all.
Earlier this week, when star Brie Larson urged fans to vote by tweeting out a photo of her in costume surrounded by '90s-era "Rock the Vote" signs, one Reddit user dug in deep and revealed a rather surprising phone number.
Reddit user anilsoi11 zoomed in on the image until a phone number on the pay phone was legible, posting the image in the r/Marvel Studios subreddit. Apparently, the number in question first appeared on an old episode of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, a Disney Channel sitcom that ran from 2005 to 2008.
Soon after the initial discovery, anilsoi11 followed up with another post reading "DO NOT CALL THE NUMBER!!, Many people have tried and confirmed that it is now a Phone sex line!"
We at SYFY WIRE called the number to verify this claim, and can officially confirm it leads to "America's hottest talk line." (Their words.)
There is some discussion about that same number from a 2014 thread on FunnyJunk's message board. One user claims that calling the number back then led to a pre-recorded message from ABC that it was a "fictional, non-working number used for motion picture and television productions."
Obviously, there's no way to verify this claim, but given that Disney owns ABC, it's certainly possible it was a one-time dummy number used in its original programming.
It's certainly an unexpected easter egg to come out of an earnest call for people to vote, and likely completely unintentional. After all, Disney prides itself on being family-friendly, and the Captain Marvel set has been so tight-lipped that even co-star Jude Law's kids had to be sworn to secrecy.
Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8, 2019, two months before she'll (presumably) get all of Avengers 4's three-hour runtime to take down Thanos.