Captain Marvel? Paging Captain Marvel. For those of you who remember the post-credits sequence for Avengers: Infinity War (and we’re guessing that’s all of you who are reading this), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) summons Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, on a pager (ask your parents) just before being turned to dust, courtesy of Thanos’ finger snap.
Well, according to a photo posted on social media by concept artist Fausto De Martini, Fury was originally going to signal Captain Marvel for help through a modified Palm Pilot.
“Captain Marvel Pager design I did for Avengers, Infinity War! The final design was based on a previous version done by another artist,” wrote De Martini on Instagram next to a photo of the original prop considered for the post-credits scene. “Russel Bobbit (Prop Master) had the fun idea to pitch a palm pilot as well, hence the versions of the design you see here.”
Palm Pilots, for those of you who don’t know (and we’re guessing that’s half of you who are reading this), were essentially smartphones before smartphones. Launched in the late 1990s, they were handheld personal digital assistants (PDAs) that could connect to the Internet but couldn’t make cellular calls (at least, the earlier models couldn’t). They were largely discontinued in the early 2010s, replaced by the iPhone and Android.
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige recently said on the red carpet for the Britannia Awards that the upcoming Captain Marvel film would be “a different type of origin story."
Considering Captain Marvel takes place in the ‘90s, it makes sense that the tech used to summon the hero would be from the Clinton/post-grunge era. As for why she’s still using ‘90s tech in the present day, we guess we’re just going to have to wait until next year, when her movie and the next Avengers film both come out to answer those questions.
Captain Marvel hits theaters March 8, while Avengers 4 assembles onto screens May 3.