By now, it’s obvious that if you’re a fan of the Marvel movies, you’re not going to have an closure for awhile. We feel you’re pain. But we’re here to help. If you stuck around for the post-credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War, then you know there’s a glimmer of hope for the next installment. But what did all of that mean? As teases go, this one was pretty obtuse. Here’s a brief explanation of what happened.

Massive spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War follow. You’ve been warned.

After Thanos uses the Infinity Gauntlet to literally wipe out half the population of the entire universe (including several main characters like Black Panther and Spider-Man) things look pretty damn bleak for not only Earth’s Mightiest Heroes but, like everybody. (One wonders how Jessica Jones dealt with all of this or if she or the rest of the Defenders will ever mention this stuff) The point is, right now, the reality that the MCU exists in is going to have to get fixed, and it looks like it might get fixed through some time travel shenanigans.

Which brings us to Nick Fury’s pager. Yep, the post-credits scene features Nick Fury and Maria Hill driving through the streets of New York right as Thanos’s “spell” has taken effect and people are literally being turned to dust. Both Nick and Maria start to fade away, too, but not before Nick can send a signal on a pager, that looks like its a little bit souped-up. Here’s what the graphic on that pager screen looked like.

The Captain Marvel logo
The Captain Marvel logo

Nick Fury paged Captain Marvel at the end of Infinity War. The Captain Marvel movie comes out March 6, 2019, which is two months before Avengers 4, which comes out on May 3, 2019. Here’s an important detail: Captain Marvel takes place in the Nineties, and there have already been rumors of some time travel in that film and or/Avengers 4.

Could Nick Fury have sent a page back in time to Captain Marvel sometime in the Nineties? Because everything is so screwed up in the relative “present” of Infinity War, it seems like the only hope for the MCU is to bring back a hero from the past. Brie Larson is set to enter the MCU in her origin story film in which she plays Carol Danvers, the titular Captain Marvel, but now the pressure is seriously on.

Though Captain Marvel will certainly be its own movie, the post-credits scene of Infinity War seems to place the fate of this entire fictional universe on Carol Danvers’s shoulders. Luckily, she’s totally up for the challenge.