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It may explain the absence of Carol Danvers.

A Captain Marvel Easter egg has seemingly been hiding in plain sight in Avengers: Infinity War, and we’re not talking about the one in the post-credits scene. Villain Cull Obsidian, the big enforcer in Thanos’ Black Order, wears a sash on his belt that bears the red, gold and blue stylings of Captain Marvel’s costume.

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Originally spotted by a reddit user three months ago, the Easter egg is just now getting widespread attention thanks to fans getting a chance to give the film a closer look with the digital release of Avengers: Infinity War.

(For more from the digital release of Avengers: Infinity War, check out our breakdown of all the deleted scenes. After you’re done reading our Captain Marvel theory in this article, of course.)

However, while the Easter egg looks genuine at first glance, upon closer inspection it might not be related to Captain Marvel, after all. If you take a look at photos of the Cull Obsidian statue from D23 Expo, various toys, and even other shots of the character in the movie, the top half of the sash appears to be orange instead of red (see examples below). Cull Obsidian has orange highlights in his armor, so the sash could have just been there to accent those colors.

This would make his sash yet another instance of everyone getting ahead of themselves with hype for Captain Marvel, whose solo movie hits in 2019. Remember when everyone was convinced she was glimpsed in the background of a shot from an Avengers: Infinity War trailer, and then it just ended up being Scarlet Witch’s hair?

That said, we’d be remiss if we didn’t read into the sash at least a little bit.

Let’s say the sash is a legitimate Captain Marvel Easter egg. What does it mean? We know that Captain Marvel’s movie is set in the 90s, so this could mean that she crossed paths with Cull Obsidian between then and now. The fact that he’s wearing the sash could mean it’s a war trophy from when he bested Captain Marvel in combat. That might explain why Captain Marvel has been out of commission and wasn’t around to help save Earth from Thanos (or from any other catastrophic disaster since the 90s).

Unfortunately, when Captain Marvel shows up in next year’s Avengers 4, she won’t be able to get revenge and reclaim the sash because Cull Obsidian was killed when Bruce Banner sent him to a fiery, explosive death during the battle of Wakanda.

What do you think of Cull Obsidian’s marvelous little sash? Is it a Captain Marvel Easter egg that explains everything? Or just the latest in Black Order fashion trends? Let us know in the comments.

Joshua is Senior Editor of IGN Comics. If Pokemon, Green Lantern, or Game of Thrones are frequently used words in your vocabulary, you’ll want to follow him on Twitter @JoshuaYehl and IGN.



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