It seems like eons since Marvel Entertainment announced in April 2016 that the studio would, at last, release a film centered around one of its female superheroes. Now finally we have our first trailer for the Captain Marvel movie, and it was well worth the wait. Check out the trailer below to see Brie Larson in action as intergalactic pilot Carol Danvers.
The movie is a 90s period piece, as established by the nostalgic opening shot of a Blockbuster in a strip mall.
Rather than being an origin story, Captain Marvel follows Carol long after she's become aware of her powers. A member of the interplanetary fighter pilot team Starforce, Carol fights alongside the alien race the Kree. But, as the trailer shows, a universal conflict brings her home to Earth, where she meets SHIELD's Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and grapples with repressed memories of her terrestrial existence.
The film's antagonists are aliens called the Skrulls, previously teased in an Easter egg in Avengers: Infinity War. The Skrulls are militaristic, technologically advanced, and capable of shapeshifting—hence the shot in the trailer of Carol punching an elderly woman in the face. Skrull leader Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) uses his shifter abilities to infiltrate SHIELD in his human form.
Jude Law also stars as Walter Lawson, a Kree and Danvers' mentor in Starforce. It's been speculated that Lawson's alter-ego is actually Mar-Vell, the first character to ever have the Captain Marvel moniker in the comics.
Captain Marvel also features Lee Pace and Djimon Hounsou reprising their respective Guardians of the Galaxy roles as Ronan the Accuser and Korath, Gemma Chan as the Kree Minn-Erva, and Clark Gregg as SHIELD's Agent Coulson. The film is the first Marvel movie to be directed by a woman — namely Anna Boden, who co-directed with Ryan Fleck.
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The bleak outcome of Infinity War cast a bit of a pall over the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so Carol's debut feature film stands to be a refreshing change of pace tonally, given it's a prequel set before the Avengers formed.
Captain Marvel flies into theaters at long last on March 8th, 2019.
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