‘Ms. Marvel’ Post Credits Scene Was Shot By ‘The Marvels’ Director Nia DaCosta

The MCU is the most cohesive cinematic universe, well, ever. You can count on every project to fit like a puzzle piece into the overall picture, and because of that fans expected the conclusion of Ms. Marvel to end with an appearance by a certain superhero that shall remain nameless for now. Well, that encounter did indeed happen during the post-credits sequence, but there was a lot of secrecy behind it. Not just from fans of the show, but from the series’ directors. SPOILERS beyond this point!!

In an interview with Collider, Ms. Marvel directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah revealed that they were as unaware of the appearance by Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel as we were and that it wasn’t them who shot it…

“So, that was actually — Nia DaCosta shot that while she was shooting ‘The Marvels,’” said Bilall Fallah. “She was on set with Brie Larson and Iman, and she didn’t know that scene was going to be used for the post-credit scene. Marvel is very good in separating all the things. So, we would always ask Kevin [Feige], ‘Yo, when’s Captain Marvel going to show up?’ And he would always tell us, ‘Don’t worry about it. You’ll see.’ Meanwhile, he has said to Nia DaCosta, ‘Just shoot that scene. We need that. And you’ll see.’ And all of a sudden, when we were calibrating the final episodes after the credits, we said, ‘Oh. There’s Captain Marvel.’ So that was a big surprise for us, as well. But it was pretty cool. It was pretty cool.”

The scene is actually pretty interesting, and undoubtedly sets up the dynamic for The Marvels, which is to include Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel. Kamal returns from superheroing and just as she’s about to start her homework, her magic bangle begins to glow. She goes to touch it, and is instantly zapped away in a flash of light. In her place stands Captain Marvel, looking very confused.

So what happened? Well, my guess is that the bangle is actually a quantum band, and we may have a situation similar to what happened in the comics between Rick Jones and Genis-Vell, another hero who had the mantle of Captain Marvel. The two couldn’t exist in the same place, so banging the bands together would send one to the Microverse while the other was free to do whatever. Jones had a similar dynamic with the original Captain Marvel, Mar-Vell.

But we’ll find out soon enough. The Marvels opens in theaters on July 28th 2023.



Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.