When it comes to the amazing gadgets featured in Avengers: Infinity War, like Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet, Thor’s Stormbreaker and the Bucky’s bionic arm all received high praise. But the oddest device in the film had a screen time for only a few seconds, even though its ramifications are undeniable. Said device is former S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury’s mysterious pager. Now, a high-definition image was released which offered a closer look at the gadget that supposedly sent a distress signal to Captain Marvel in the wake of the catastrophic events that took place post that fatal snap.
The pager made its appearance in the post-credit scenes in Avengers: Infinity War, just as half of the universe was wiped out by Thanos. In the post credit scene, Fury and Maria Hill turn to dust, but not before Fury is able to send one final message. He drops the pager just as he disintegrates which flashes Captain Marvel’s iconic emblem on display, hinting that the hero will play a pivotal role in the Avengers: Infinity War sequel in 2019.
New close-up images of the pager from show the retro device in all its glory. Apparently, the entire post-credits sequence was a hard-earned victory, according to VFX Supervisor Oliver Schulz, who called the sequence the most difficult in the film even harder than that Wakanda fight scene, apparently. This is what he had to say about the whole thing:
“Each sequence had its own set of challenges, but if I had to choose one, it would probably be the TAG sequence. The sheer length and the complexity of the different effects alone were quite a task. One thing was that at a later point in the process the decision was made to not move forward with the filmed plate of Nick Fury — instead, we would do a camera take over and switch to a full CG shot.
This included a full CG arm crumbling away in close-up together with a full CG environment. Additionally, were also the CG close-up pavement and the all CG pager – which reveals the illuminated Captain Marvel Logo at the end. Sequence Comp Lead Erik Schneider did a great job staying on top of all [these] different elements and delivering a successful shot even when time started to run out.”
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston, and Josh Brolin. The film is breaking box office records everywhere and is playing in cinemas now.