This post contains SPOILERS for Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel had a different ending planned until editor Debbie Berman suggested some changes that ultimately made the film’s theatrical cut.
After a series of twist and turns that involved Yon Rogg’s (Jude Law) manipulations, Captain Marvel ended with Carol going back to space to accompany the Skrulls find a new home – but not before handing Fury his upgraded beeper that would let him call her back if there’s any serious problem.
However, that ending may not have come across as conclusively in the initial stages, as Marvel Studios editor Debbie Berman recently revealed in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
When the editor was asked about the input and changes she offered, Berman replied, “I did actually suggest some tweaks to the ending of this film. It used to end with Carol flying off into space alone, and I found that a bit jarring. Like, where exactly was she going?”
Berman then explained that Talos and the ship were then added to the scene.
“It gave her more of a sense of purpose and made it easier to believe that she left her newfound life on Earth because she was with a friend we knew she cared about, and for a more specific mission,” the editor said.
Having Carol go with Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) was a much stronger way to end Captain Marvel than just having her jet set in space and Berman was right to point it out. Aside from being further proof of Carol’s humanity by deciding to help the refugees find a new home, it also provides future narrative opportunities with the Skrulls.