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What’s Going On In The CAPTAIN MARVEL Trailer

What’s Going On In The CAPTAIN MARVEL Trailer

Even though it doesn’t hit theaters until 2019, the Captain Marvel movie is already gathering serious hype across the internet. Fans are super excited to finally see a woman at the center of a Marvel superhero franchise—and who can blame them? It’s about time the MCU properly honored how amazing we ladies are at kicking supervillain butt. To help you keep track of the facts and get you even more stoked for the movie, here’s everything we know so far about Captain Marvel.

UPDATE, 9/18/2018 – At long last, the trailer is here! Strap in for a shot of 90s goodness, action, drama, flashbacks, power, and all-around thrills.

In case you forgot that the movie takes place in the 90s, we open with Carol Danvers falling from space through the roof of a Blockbuster Video.

Note that she isn’t wearing her red, blue, and gold suit, which suggests that she hasn’t acquired the Captain Marvel title yet. Instead, she’s sporting a black and green outfit:

You can see the colors better here.

Ah, this must be the official Star Force uniform! You can see her Kree colleagues in the back there wearing the same thing.

Here’s Jude Law, looking shocked that it’s taken until 2019 for Marvel to release its first female-led movie:

Of course, a person in a cool uniform falling from the sky is going to attract attention, not least from S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most elite and de-aged operatives, Nick Fury and Agent Coulson.

Problem is, this mysterious stranger barely remembers who she is herself. “I keep having these memories,” she tells Nick. “I see flashes. I think I had a life here.” But, at least during that conversation, it seems like she doesn’t have much else.

However, the scenes of her Air Force career and training, plus a couple moments from her childhood, that play over this tell us who she was. She was daring (that rope climb bit!), tough, and most likely one heck of a pilot, who had at least one super cool friend in Maria Rambeau.

We also learn that Carol has superpowers, although the trailer doesn’t tell us exactly what they are.

Also, she punches a sweet old woman in the face. This sweet old woman right here:

We hope it’s a Skrull/shapeshifting situation; it’s hard to believe a superheroine would go around punching the elderly otherwise. Especially one as awesome as Captain Marvel.

It is, as they say, on. Roll on March 2019!

THE STORY

The movie focuses on (duh) Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Carol Danvers, who will be played by Brie Larson. She’s a former pilot whose DNA is altered by an encounter with an alien warrior, thus granting her a whole lot of superpowers such as flight, super strength, and channeling energy into weaponized blasts. Not unusual for a Marvel film…except this one is going retro. At San Diego Comic-Con 2017 it was revealed that Carol’s story takes place in the 1990s.

On the opposing team are the Skrulls, shape-shifting aliens with the ability to assume the forms of basically whoever they want, which is what makes them so difficult to fight. The Skrulls were first introduced to Marvel Comics in the Kree-Skrull War story arc, where their interplanetary conflict with the Kree aliens spilled over to Earth and messed things up extraterrestrial-style.

To handle a threat like that, you need Captain Marvel, who according to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige is the MCU’s most powerful superhero. Back in October 2016, Feige told Vulture:

“With Captain Marvel, she is as powerful a character as we’ve ever put in a movie. Her powers are off the charts, and when she’s introduced, she will be by far the strongest character we’ve ever had. It’s important, then, to counterbalance that with someone who feels real. She needs to have a humanity to tap into, and Brie can do that.”

It’s not yet clear how much of Carol’s military background will feature in the movie, but we’re going to see at least some of it. A tweet sent in March 2018 from the official Marvel Studios Twitter account featured a photo of Brie Larson in character as Carol Danvers wearing her pilot’s uniform during a visit to an Air Force base:

We also know from character info and other behind-the-scenes photos that we’ll get to see Carol’s relationships with other Air Force pilots, which suggests it’ll be more than just a short flashback.

According to Entertainment WeeklyCaptain Marvel won’t be sticking to “the traditional origin-story template” in at least one major way: this movie starts with Carol Danvers already having superpowers. She’s left Earth to join Starforce (not Space Force, thankfully), an elite intergalactic military unit led by Jude Law’s as-yet-unnamed character, who many fans believe to be the alien warrior Mar-Vell. However, she eventually comes back to face her mysterious past and battle the shape-shifting baddies known as the Skrulls.

THE COSTUME

Costuming can be a huge issue for female superheroes. For too long they’ve been stuffed into needlessly revealing uniforms dedicated to showing the maximum amount of skin, because I guess women can’t fight bad guys without 10 miles of visible cleavage and an atomic wedgie. Fortunately, Captain Marvel’s costume in this movie is more or less a live-action version of the 2012 Marvel Now! design by artist Jamie McKelvie. As McKelvie told Newsarama that same year, the idea was to “create something that came out of her character and background in the military.”

An exclusive first look from Entertainment Weekly (which we’ve also covered here) gives us Brie Larson in the actual movie costume! Although the colors are a bit darker and there’s much more detailing than in the comics, the overall ensemble stays pretty true to the Captain Marvel of recent years:

You can check out the photos here.

THE CAST

Every hero needs a villain, and in Captain Marvel that’s Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, who leads the invading Skrull forces when he’s not infiltrating S.H.I.E.L.D. in human form.

The main Kree cast is filled out by Jude Law as the yet-unnamed commander of Starforce, Gemma Chan as Kree geneticist/spy Minn-Erva, and Lee Pace and Djimon Hounsou reprising their roles as Ronan the Accuser and Korath from Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2, respectively.

Lashana Lynch plays Carol’s Air Force buddy, ace pilot Maria Rambeau, who comics fans may know as Monica Rambeau’s mother. Monica, who served as Captain Marvel before Carol donned the red, blue, and gold, led the Avengers to multiple victories when they had to fight the X-Men because it was Comics Event O’Clock again. Her badassery and straight-talking confidence won readers’ hearts, as did her sweet Afro and quite frankly staggering array of powers, which ranged from good old superspeed to being able to take the form of any type of electromagnetic energy to “hyper-cosmic awareness.” (Bonus: Maria’s call sign is “Photon,” which is also one of Monica’s many superhero identities.)

We’ll also be seeing Agent Phil Coulson, as confirmed by a behind-the-scenes photo from Clark Gregg’s official Instagram, The Mary Sue reports. The photo features Gregg posing next to an “N. Fury” name tag on set, with the caption: “New job, old friends. #captainmarvel”

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Given that Captain Marvel is set in the 90s—which technically makes it a period piece, although acknowledging that makes me feel ancient, so let’s not go there—this will be a younger Coulson, possibly working under an also-younger Fury during the latter’s earlier days with S.H.I.E.L.D.

It’s not clear how much screen time Coulson and Fury will be getting, or how instrumental their roles will be to Captain Marvel’s story, but this could be an opportunity for the MCU to shed some light on what working for S.H.I.E.L.D. really means. Seeing younger versions of these two characters in action and being able to compare them to their present-day selves might give us some insight into how their careers with the agency have changed them, and/or how S.H.I.E.L.D. became the organization it is today.

Other cast members announced are Algenis Pérez Soto, who starred in Boden and Fleck’s 2008 sports drama Sugar; Rune Temte, whose prior movies include Eddie the Eagle (also a sports movie, come to think of it); and Mckenna Grace, who you may have seen as a young Tonya Harding in I, Tonya. Soto, Temte, and Grace’s Captain Marvel roles haven’t been disclosed yet, but it’s possible Grace could be playing a younger Carol Danvers in flashbacks or childhood sequences. However, this is just speculation.

THE WRITER AND DIRECTORS

Deadline reported that Geneva Robertson-Dworet is writing the Captain Marvel script. She takes over from Meg Lefauve, writer for the movie Inside Out, and Nicole Perlman, co-writer of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Robertson-Dworet is no stranger to action-oriented stories about kickass women—she’s also the main scriptwriter for the upcoming Tomb Raider movie starring Alicia Vikander and for the big screen adaptation of Gotham City Sirens, which is planned as a Suicide Squad movie spinoff featuring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.

Despite the handover, Perlman confirmed on Twitter that the movie’s core ideas, which were conceptualized before Robertson-Dworet came on board, would more or less remain intact.

In April 2017, a Variety report named the team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck as the directors for Captain Marvel. Boden and Fleck beat out several impressive solo female candidates such as Niki Caro (Whale Rider), Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend For the End of the World), and Lesli Linka Glatter (various episodes of HomelandThe Leftovers, Mad Men, The Walking Dead, and nearly every other prestige TV show you can think of). Unlike new scriptwriter Robertson-Dworet, Boden and Fleck are fairly new to the world of superheroics. Their previous work mostly covers darker character-driven movies, including Half Nelson and Mississippi Grind, as well as episodes of Showtime’s Billions and The Affair. As our own Alicia Lutes points out, though, the left-field approach has been working pretty well for Marvel Studios these days. Taika Waititi was perhaps most famous for directing the hilarious vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows before he signed on to direct Thor: Ragnarok, for example. Boden and Fleck are the latest example of Marvel’s increased willingness to take risks with their directors.

We’ll continue to update this post as more details emerge, so keep checking in for Captain Marvel news! The film is scheduled to hit theaters in March of 2019.

Images: Marvel

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