So the Captain Marvel trailer dropped yesterday and it looks…just fine. I mean, to me, it’s a trailer for a movie that is seemingly introducing us to the McGuffin that is going to fix everything and undo all the dying in Avengers Infinity War (spoilers). Captain Marvel has already been described as the most powerful character to be featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So if anyone is worried that Spider-Man or Black Panther won’t come back from the dusty grip of death (again, spoilers), everything will be fine. All of the Avengers will be fine, contracts will be renewed and more action figures will be made.
But before any of that can happen, we have to see how Captain Marvel will unfold. Honestly, this trailer, as I’ve already said, is fine. It certainly looks good, but it seems like it’s been forever and a day since we’ve seen a superhero origin story unfold on film. At least where the MCU is concerned, they’ve shifted to introducing new heroes and villains in a film months before a standalone film is even released. But with Captain Marvel, we get a fresh start with a story that is set some time in the 1990’s.
Author’s note: I am really depressed that films set in the nineties are now considered “period pieces”. Considering that I am a nineties kid, this just makes me feel old as fuck when I’m really just old as shit.
Based on the trailer, Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers, as played by Brie Larson) appears to be some type of space cop (who isn’t Green Lantern) who is stranded on Earth and doesn’t seem to remember that she is human while helping S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury deal with an impending Skrull invasion.
There is a lot to unpack in that sentence, so let’s get to it.
First off, I was a little shocked to learn that the Skrulls were going to be a part of this film as well as the MCU as a whole. I was under the impression the Skrulls were tied up with the Marvel assets that were owned by Twentieth Century Fox as part of their Fantastic Four rights. But here they are in all of their shape-shifting glory. It will be interesting to see what they’ve been up to since this film takes place before the first Iron Man film.
Secondly, young Nick Fury, or at least younger Nick Fury, will be featured heavily in this film (as well as agent Coulsan!) as he tries to help the good Captain find her way in our world which seems alien to her.
And finally…holy shit, Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) is in this film? The bad guy from Guardians of the Galaxy that lost the dance-off that saved the universe? He’s here too? I’m in. I really enjoyed Lee Pace in Guardians and I’m excited to see that he’s getting another crack at playing this villain however brief his part in this film may be.
And the score really gives this trailer some punch. I have had this music in my head on a fucking loop since I saw this trailer last night. I was unable to find out who was responsible for the music found in this trailer, but it had a very “Final Frontier”, space opera-vibe to it that I really enjoyed, sounding both familiar and otherworldly all at once.
Now before I go on, I want you all to understand that I know that a two minute trailer is not indicative of what will probably be a two hour film, but my only real “complaint” about this trailer comes from the movies star Brie Larson. When Marvel Studios announced last year that Larson would be taking on the titular role, I was a little underwhelmed. I only say that because, first, how awesome would Emily Blunt have been in this role? And second, I have only seen Ms. Larson in one film, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, so I have no idea what she’s really capable of as an actress, but she’s an Oscar winner, so I’m sure she’s going to rock the shit out of this role. Plus, she put on like twenty five pounds of muscle for the movie, so it’s obvious that she’s taking the role very seriously. But, with that being said, Captain Marvel, in every shot of her in this trailer she does look kind of vapid and uninterested in what’s going on around her, but this could be a character trait of Marvel herself. Like I said before, she seems to not remember that she’s human and she reacting like an alien probably would on an “alien” planet.
With that being said, this is a perfectly fine trailer for a character that I have no previous history with. I have never read a Captain Marvel comic, nor have I ever read a comic featuring her (to my knowledge). The great thing about that is that I get to watch this film with absolutely no preconceived notions about who this character is or how they “should” act. Either way, here’s to hoping that we’re in for another god Marvel movie.
Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Lee Pace and Djmon Hounsou and is scheduled for release on March 8th, 2019.