In the "End Credit" scene of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), we saw Maria Hill and Nick Fury driving in the street and then there was a message on the radio. Nick then asked Maria, "what is it?" Maria answers, "Multiple bogeys over Wakanda, more powerful than New York". After that, they turn into dust by the snap. So that means when they were talking, at the same time Thanos was trying to snatch the Mind Stone, or already did, and was ready to snap.

Now the main point; all those "space-crafts" carrying Thanos' armies landed over Wakanda much earlier. Then what were those "multiple bogeys" Maria referred to? What was going on over there at that moment?

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    delay on getting the info?
    – Daeron
    Jan 8, 2019 at 3:31
  • the time gap seems to be long. If shield get information after that much delay then how can one expect them to counter any possible invasion? Jan 8, 2019 at 3:33
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    it is all the way across the globe... there isn't much they could do anyway
    – Daeron
    Jan 8, 2019 at 3:34
  • @Niffler Cool nickname :)
    – Ver Nick
    Jan 8, 2019 at 7:29
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    Your question boils down to why wasnt shield involved in infinity war from beginning when avengers were engaged and shield seems to scratch head only at the last and till then they were BUSY with something else, maybe shawarma
    – user63699
    Jan 8, 2019 at 8:46

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All those "space-craft"s carrying Thanos armies landed over Wakanda much earlier.

Actually, no...they land about an hour earlier. The whole "Battle of Wakanda" from seeing the delivery vehicles descending from orbit to the "snap" is only one hour.

Now, we don't know the relative times but since Wakanda and NY (I assume) are both in daylight, it's not inconceivable that it's afternoon in Wakanda and morning in NY.

So, Hill/Fury get notified of the "bogeys" at some point (and it should be pointed out that we don't know who they are working for) but it's not unlikely that there has been some delay between the "bogeys" being noticed by whatever detection systems are in place and two operatives (thousands of miles away) from being notified.

Plus it seems (it's hard to tell) that the snap takes some time to propogate across the world/universe so this might also add to the delay.

  • If the snap takes even a second to go from Wakanda to NYC, it would take years to go across the universe. On the other hand, Marvel does not seem to care much about astronomical distances.
    – Taladris
    Apr 8, 2019 at 10:49

New York is 7 hours behind Johannesburg, so it's reasonable to say that Wakanda is between 7 and 8 hours ahead of NYC. The events in Wakanda happened sometime after noon, as it had been daylight for several hours before the attack. Let's say it was 3PM. That means it would be roughly 8AM in NYC, and in the Summer it's already light by then. If you play with the time a little, you can see how both could happen simultaneously. And, that's assuming Maria Hill was getting the information in real time. If it was delayed even an hour, now you're talking about a roughly 6 hour time difference, and the amount of daylight matches up even better.


I'd like to think she was referring to the ships departing from Wakanda. Perhaps the report was not about the arrivals of the said bogeys, but their departure..:

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Roughly 5 minutes before the snap, we can see when Thor attacking the ships departing from Wakanda (and at this point they are "over" Wakanda, and not "in/outside" Wakanda.

So maybe they were referring to this sighting instead.


The problem with that scene is timing. Niffler comment is right because when Thanos snap in Wakanda (somewhere in Africa) during a day Nick Fury turn to dust also during a day. Which in New York would be around 6 hours later (the day).
This create the feeling that in NY and Wakanda it's the same time so what you perceive "earlier landing of spaceships" wasn't "earlier that day". It was during the night and Nick Fury simple slept.
The other explanation is that the snap is slower than commercial airplane.

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    Nick Fury doesn't seem the type to sleep through a situation like this. That's a weak answer. I would expect he be alerted as soon as possible.
    – user25738
    Jan 8, 2019 at 22:26
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    @SiXandSeven8ths the other explanation is that they forgot that time zones exist and it don't have in universe explanation. Jan 9, 2019 at 8:44

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