Rejoice, Marvel fans! We have received a gift from the almighty Disney-gods.
Far be it from me to comment on the lazy, derivative franchise reboots, or the blatant hypocrisy on display over at Disney – be it firing James Gunn over offensive material or hard-dicking small theater-chains into showing Star Wars seven months of the year. Today, I ignore all of that because we have this, the brand new trailer for Marvel Studios’ upcoming Captain Marvel.
Clocking in just shy of two minutes, we’re given plenty information. I’ll leave it to the Angry Joes of the world to decompress every individual frame, but there’s enough left for the layman and woman to enjoy. Before we break it down, though, let’s talk basics. The synopsis on IMDb is as follows:
“Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.”
Captain Marvel is helmed by two directors, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck – both known for Ryan Gosling teacher-feature, Half Nelson – working off a screenplay by Boden. Currently in post-production, the film is slated for release March 8, 2019 and stars Academy Award winning Brie Larson (Room) as the titular hero. Disney and Marvel are probably hoping to tap into the fervor created last summer by Wonder Woman, and their best course of action has been to emulate its production. Marketing and material are similar. We have the fish-out-of-water narrative and a war going on, one in which our heroine plays a pivotal role. Here, however, Marvel has a much deeper well to draw from in order to flesh out its narrative. To see exactly how Captain Marvel plays into the larger universe, we’ll have to wait and see, but the trailer gives us some hints.
Let’s break it down.
We open with an explosion and an escape pod headed toward Earth.
Then, we get Danvers/Marvel crashing through the roof of a Blockbuster video store. Proof positive that this movie takes place in a time when, if something were to fall from space and crash-land in America, it was likely to land on one of the old rental stores.
Then we have Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury in narration, “War is a universal language. I know a renegade soldier when I see one. Never occurred to me that one might come from above.”
Hints of the intergalactic conflict and Danvers’ role within it – perhaps a hint at what sent her to Earth. Star Force?
Brie Larson, ladies and gentlemen. It’s about god damn time Marvel gave us a female-led adventure. Here’s hoping that Black Widow stand-alone can finally happen.
Her suit changes throughout the trailer. This green suit here looks to be the uniform of wherever she came from, or an early version of whatever she’ll be wearing once she fights for Earth and humanity.
We also get a brief glimpse of her abilities, something Nick Fury refers to as a space invasion and an epic car and train chase. Oh, and she has flaming arm-beams.
We then see Fury and Danvers team up, as well as some Marvel de-ageing magic on the sixty-nine-year-old Jackson. They’re driving down old dusty roads and talking in phone booths, being buds and getting to know one another in a serious, “We need to protect humanity” kind of way. Fury seems to be a jaded cop. Judging by the quick shots we get of him, he’s wearing a white buttoned shirt and from his shoulders hangs a worn leather holster for, ostensibly, a service pistol. I’m getting serious Danny Glover / Roger Murtaugh vibes.
Then, we’re quickly given some images of a ship approaching a planet – most likely the alien world she traveled from. If reports are correct, it all has to do with Star Force.
Then, an over-the-shoulder shot of an alien cityscape with adequate contemplative brooding, delivered with precision by Larson.
Danvers is half-remembering a life on Earth, a human life in the military by the looks of it. Then we have quick cuts of her falling to the ground at various points in her life.
“I can’t tell if it’s real.”
Neither can we.
Then we’re – WAIT IS THAT JUDE LAW.
That’s Jude Law. He’s credited as playing Walter Lawson / Mar-Vell. Who we can presume is the original Captain Marvel character, or at least one more representative of the earlier comic book iteration. We may see a passing-of-the-torch moment, hopefully not one as painfully overt in its “D’oh them women-folk can’t do nuthin’ like us men” subversion as in the bar scene in Wonder Woman.
We get another shot to show us this takes place in probably-the-eighties.
We see some reboot-era Klingon looking aliens, Danvers punches an old lady, we see her in a mask, and Nick Fury is warning against all kinds of danger over a montage of Danvers lifting herself off the ground after every one of the falls she took earlier.
She’s a fighter, a soldier, and she’s here to kick some ass.
In this post-Infinity War phase of the MCU, we could be seeing the one character – and one positive fraction of Doctor Strange’s calculations – who can save our band of merry superheroes from their dusty graves. Or otherworldly dimension. Whatever.
This is an origin story, no doubt about it, but the most interesting one in ages – especially if it lives up to the hype these trailers invariably cause. Still, Marvel has been nothing if not consistent with its stand-alones. In fact, they’ve been getting better – Doctor Strange and Thor: Ragnarök are prime examples. Brie Larson has the chops, Sam Jackson has the chops, Marvel studios has the chops, and Disney has the money to put it all together.
Count me in.