This morning, September 18, 2018, the internet broke. All because of a woman by the name of Carol Danvers. Yes, that’s right, the Captain Marvel trailer dropped this morning – just like Carol dropped out of space and through the ceiling of that Blockbuster. (Do we think that they dropped the trailer on #NationalCheeseburgerDay on purpose since Carol’s Air Force call sign was “cheeseburger?”) Anyway, so much happened in the short trailer/sneak peek of the movie we got. Let’s break it down!
A quick plot summary:
Set in the mid-1990s, Captain Marvel follows Carol Danvers, a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, as she turns into one of the galaxy’s mightiest heroes and joins Starforce, an elite Kree military team, before returning home with new questions about her past and identity when the Earth is caught in the center of an intergalactic conflict between two alien worlds
Immediately, Marvel needed a way to show everyone that this movie was set in the ’90s, and what better way to do that than having Carol fall out of the sky and smash straight into a Blockbuster. It’s kinda meta because it’s implying that Captain Marvel will be a blockbuster hit AND it’s set in the ’90s.
Post Blockbuster crash, she’s in her Kree Starforce uniform and she ends up in the middle of a busy subway/train station. It’s almost reminiscent of when Steve Rogers woke up and ran through Times Square in a state of panic.
— liz harkins (@lzhrkns) September 18, 2018
Though Carol is not as “friendly” as Steve is. She’s always seen clenching her fists, or looking seriously pissed off and ready to Fight. At the end of the trailer, we see her go Binary (!!!) which is her ability to tap into the energy of a white hole, allowing full control and manipulation of stellar energies, and therefore control over heat, the electromagnetic spectrum and gravity. As if that weren’t cool enough, she even punches the shit out of an elderly woman on the train after the woman smiled at her. Though, we believe that the elderly woman was probably a Skrull in disguise.
There’s small, quick shots of the Skrulls in the trailer and if you blink, you’ll miss em. The Skrulls are the main villains in this story. They are enemies of the Kree people so of course since Carol’s here (and a known Kree warrior), it’s no surprise that they’ve followed her. Or maybe they’ve been here all along since The Skrulls are a shapeshifting race of aliens…they’re also known for the infamous “Secret Invasion” event, where they infiltrated the ranks of Earth’s mightiest heroes to wreak havoc ahead of an invasion. Maybe one of them was who was standing with Fury in that Secret S.H.I.E.L.D Base…
We also get to see the Kree planet, Hala, and the people themselves — or some of them at least. There’s Carol being flanked by two other Starforce (the Kree Army) members, her in her helmet (which gives her that Iconic mohawk) and a wild Jude Law, who we aren’t sure will be playing the very important Mar-vell, but is definitely some sort of mentor to Carol.
But Hala isn’t all sunshine and smackdowns for our girl Carol. At one point, she’s trapped in some sort of device that looks like it’s messing with her brain. Maybe that’s why she says that doesn’t know if her memories are real or not.
While Sam L. Jackson talks, the shots line up with what he’s saying: a spaceship materializes in space and looms above Earth, there’s a “big car chase” and we get to hear how Fury (with both eyes!) was going to “hang it all up” before he met Carol – guessing outside the Blockbuster she busted through or after the Old Lady Smackdown on the train? There’s even appearances by a young Phil Coulson, the infamous pager we saw at the end credits of Infinity War, and a shadowy figure that people have deemed to be Ronan.
When Fury assumes that Carol isn’t from Earth, she cheekily responds with a “it’s hard to explain.” And considering her backstory – she’s right. We’re shown bits and pieces of it, all sliced together and she tries to explain: her life on Hala, her life as an Air Force Pilot (and the training she went through), and even her life as a small child on Earth.
It all lines up together in a few beautiful cut sequences. When she falls from the ropes course at the Air Force Academy, she hits the ground just as she did when she was a child at the beach, then again playing baseball, then finally when she landed on the Kree planet with the crackles of her powers becoming visible. (We even get a quick look at how she got her powers — when the energy force encases her completely)
And we see this same parallel/cut sequence two more times. When she’s piloting/driving something as a child, then again when she’s older and flying her aircraft in the Air Force and finally in space when she’s piloting her spaceship. Then once more in a way of showing how she always gets up: after being pushed at the beach, after falling from the ropes course and after she’s crash landed on the Kree planet. She gets pushed down, she balls her fists, and she gets back up again.
It’s almost like she was destined to become this person. This HERo.
Though the trailer didn’t show much more in terms of plot, it did show enough to get our bodies trembling with excitement (or maybe our own form of those Binary powers?) for the whole movie. In terms of Marvel movies, having Captain Marvel be the first female-led movie is a HERstoric moment. We’ll be first in line on March 8th, 2019 (AKA: International Women’s Day)
Watch the trailer for yourself, then let us know what you thought about the trailer in the comments below!