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Why Nick Fury Called Captain Marvel at the End of Marvel Studios' 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Writer Will Corona Pilgrim breaks down the biggest moments in the buildup to Marvel Studios' "Captain Marvel"!

On March 8, 2019, Marvel Studios' "Captain Marvel" tells the crucial story of Carol Danvers, her cosmic strength, and her long history with Nick Fury. But first, MARVEL'S CAPTAIN MARVEL PRELUDE #1 explores the mysterious spaces between Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Age of Ultron", "Captain America: Civil War", and "Avengers: Infinity War", providing the greatest context yet about what to expect once Carol finally arrives on the scene.

Written by Marvel Studios' very own Will Corona Pilgrim with art by Andrea Di Vito, the issue follows the previously unseen path of Fury and Maria Hill as they attempt to maintain security amidst death, destruction, and the division of the Avengers. 

Marvel.com spoke with Corona Pilgrim about filling in these vital story moments, visiting Captain America, Falcon, and Black Widow on a secret mission, and uncovering what was going through Nick Fury's mind when he finally gave Carol the call.

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Marvel.com: What questions did you set out to answer when you started writing this issue?

Will Corona Pilgrim: The biggest thing, for me, was that lingering thought I had just after seeing the tag in "Avengers: Infinity War": it was so great to see Nick Fury and Maria Hill pop up driving around and assessing the damage after the Children of Thanos attacked New York and Wakanda, but I wanted to know what the two of them had been up to post-"Avengers: Age of Ultron", and more importantly, post "Captain America: Civil War".

I was fortunate enough to bump into Stephen McFeely (co-writer of "Captain America: Civil War", and "Avengers: Infinity War") in the halls at Marvel Studios while I was developing the pitch for the Prelude and after a brief but immensely informative exchange, he helped me find the right tone and approach for how Fury would handle the Rogers v. Stark argument. Specifically, as a form of parental figure for the Avengers who’s trying to get his kids to play nice for the good of the whole family (and in this case, the world).

Marvel.com: This story takes place over the course of a large amount of time; how do you see Fury and Hill’s approach to situations evolve across this period?

Will Corona Pilgrim: I feel like they are one of the few constants in the MCU at-large. While organizations may rise and fall, relationships are being built or broken, Fury (and to some extent, Hill) knows who he is and what he stands for and how he’ll go about to protect it—sometimes at any cost—and with the continued stakes being as high as “keep the world safe,” it’s more than a little comforting to want to believe in a person like Fury who’s consistently working behind the scenes in preparation for when “trouble comes (back) around.”

Marvel.com: What was most exciting about exploring what Cap, Falcon, and Black Widow were up to when they were out on their own?

Will Corona Pilgrim: This was a continued story thread that I was only able to touch upon briefly in the MARVEL'S AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PRELUDE #1, and I was most excited to get to show the characters in their "Infinity War" costumes (since they were undercover in the prior Prelude story) and especially to get an added action beat with Falcon out in front in full force and use those wings as a bullet-proof shield (a favorite action moment of mine from the "Captain America: Civil War" opening sequence). 

Marvel.com: What’s going through Nick Fury’s mind as he uses the beeper in the final scene?

Will Corona Pilgrim: Carol’s the biggest gun you’ve got and Fury’s never one to waste a silver bullet, so if he’s finally making that call after all this time and after all he’s faced alongside the Avengers, then he’s truly seeing the situation as a last resort.

Visit your local comic shop to read MARVEL'S CAPTAIN MARVEL PRELUDE #1 today!