Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame
Avengers: Endgame arrived in theaters over a month ago, and contained endless satisfying moments and plot twists. It's a blockbuster that was built upon the 21 movies before it, resulting in thunderous applause during early screenings. And it's not only the fans who got emotional about the moviegoing experience, as Captain Marvel co-director Anna Boden had her own big reaction to Endgame-- specifically the moments featuring Brie Larson's Carol Danvers.
Captain Marvel was the last Marvel blockbuster to arrive in theaters before Avengers: Endgame was released, so fans were eager to see how the title character would interact with the surviving heroes. She ultimately served as a tertiary presence in the film, abstaining from the Time Heist in order to police the galaxy. But she came back in the knick of time during the final battle against Thanos, and it was enough to make Anna Boden scream in excitement. As she recently put it:
I was at the Endgame premiere, and when she shows up in the battle I screamed. It was so exciting. And then that shot of her with all the women of Marvel was so amazing! I had tears in my eyes. So it was really, really special to get to see kind of that arc fulfilled in that film.
Captain Marvel may be the newest hero in the MCU, but she's been kicking ass and taking names for years-- Nick Fury just never called her in. And while he may have had a limited amount of screen time in Endgame, Anna Boden revealed to CinemaBlend's Eric Eisenberg that the character's scenes were significant enough to make her cry.
Following Avengers: Endgame's epic time heist, 2014 Nebula brought Thanos and his forces through time. So after Hulk's attempt to snap everyone back to life, the Mad Titan's ship brought fire to the Avengers Compound. Eventually the portals brought together the full might of the MCU, although Captain Marvel was once again MIA. She eventually popped up to destroy the ship, and attempt to keep the new Gauntlet away from Thanos.
Captain Marvel's entrance into that Endgame battle was a truly epic moment, and her timing couldn't have been better. She saved out heroes from being destroyed, and was present in the epic all-female Marvel moment. She also engaged directly with Thanos herself, nearly defeating him singlehandedly. That is, until he used the Power Stone to send Carol Danvers flying.
Since Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame were filmed back to back, it put production of Captain Marvel in an interesting place. Brie Larson had to play her Marvel role in Endgame before actually doing her own solo movie. But this also allowed co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck to collaborate with the greater MCU. And they could sit back and enjoy their character crossing over with the Avengers and Guardians.
Avengers: Endgame is in theaters now, complete with Captain Marvel. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.