WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame, in theaters now.
With so many exciting things happening in Avengers: Endgame, it only stands to reason that a few smaller moments may slip through the cracks. For example, there was an Easter egg pertaining to a future superhero, along with many surprising cameos by previous stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as Thanos' comic book creator. However, there's one thing that should've been a much bigger deal, and it involves the newest addition to the MCU: Captain Marvel.
Carol Danvers appears early on in Endgame, as she rescues Tony Stark from space and brings him back to Earth. She then teams with the remaining members of the Avengers, and Rocket Raccoon and Nebula, to fight Thanos on his retirement farm. Once they discover the Infinity Stones no longer work, Thor chops off Thanos' head, and we fast-forward five years into the future. Carol shows up another two times: via hologram, and during the climactic final battle between all of the revived heroes and Thanos' Black Order.
As great as all of these scenes were, every one of them features a character referring to Brie Larson as "Carol" or "Danvers," never using her "Captain Marvel" code name. That follows the events in her solo movie, which never once used her superhero name. It's not until halfway through the second trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, released earlier this week, that the words "Captain Marvel" are spoken in the MCU.
An example of how Marvel Studios went out of its way to not call Carol Danvers "Captain Marvel" comes in a clip that was released ahead of Avengers: Endgame, when the survivors of the snap decide to take the fight to Thanos. After Bruce Banner wonders how this confrontation will go any better than their first, Carol chimes in how this time they'll have her by their side. Not impressed, Rhodey replies, "Hey, new girl. Everybody in this room is about that superhero life."
Also, when Captain Marvel swoops in to take out one of Thanos' massive starships, Captain America says, "Danvers, we need an assist here," leading to the assembling of the MCU's female heroes in a nod to their comic counterpart, A-Force.
Many believed Endgame would properly crown Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel when it didn't happen in her MCU film. Captain Marvel certainly teases the code name, with Annette Bening playing Carol's Air Force mentor and Kree spy, Dr. Wendy Lawson/Mar-Vell, and Nick Fury's mention of the all-women Motown music group, the Marvelettes. However, the honor of bestowing Captain Marvel with her code name instead goes to Spider-Man: Far From Home, which doesn't even feature Caro Danvers, at least as far as anyone knows.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Josh Brolin as Thanos.