Captain Marvel Trailer Review: Finally, She becomes a Hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)
Will the first Marvel solo superheroine movie be a blast or will it fall too fast?
Everyone who saw Avengers Infinity War and waited 5 depressing minutes to see the post-credit scene listening to the sad version of the Avengers’ Theme Suite, got the first taste of Captain Marvel in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). She appeared in the form of a pager with the signature star symbol after (spoiler alert) Nick Fury became dust. When I was present at that moment on the night of my birthday, I heard gasps of awe and claps coming from the audience. They were already getting hyped for her movie. I cannot blame them. I am eagerly expecting this movie to launch since Marvel first announced it back in October of 2014. And when the 1 minute and 57 seconds trailer was launched on September 18th of this year, I officially joined the hype train.
Carol Danvers, also known as Captain Marvel, made her first appearance in comics on Marvel Super Heroes #13 as a US Air Force Pilot coworking with the original Captain Marvel Mar-Vell, a Kree general disguised as a scientist. She gained her powers after an alien machine exploded and genetically modified her body, making her a Kree/Human hybrid. During her comics run, she has been called Mrs. Marvel, Binary, Warbird and most recently, Captain Marvel. Although that is her comics’ origin, the trailer shows audiences that the movie intends to twist it a little bit.
The trailer begins with an interstellar pod crashing down a Blockbuster, a reference revealing that the movie is going to happen in the 90’s. Audiences then are presented with a puzzling soundtrack and Samuel Jackson’s Nick Fury narration over shots of Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel walking through a crowd of people in a metro station with her Starforce suit, a Kree military group. Afterward, the new golden Marvel logo is displayed and the background music swaps into a more epic version akin to space exploration movies as Fury mentions thinking about leaving S.H.I.E.L.D. and a shot of him, a scientist and the body of a Skrull are featured followed by actions scenes in which Carol shows her powers for the first time. The Skrulls are an alien race of shapeshifters. They will be one of the main antagonists of the movie.
After Samuel Jackson’s character states that Carol Danvers was the reason he decided to stay at S.H.I.E.L.D., the voiceover baton is given to Brie Larson as Carol explains that she sees “flashes” of her past and believes she once had “a life here” on Earth, whilst snapshots of her origin in the air force are exhibited. A relevant motif found at the end of the sequence is Carol Danvers falling over and over as a child and an adult. It is used to show that even though Davers has failed several times throughout her life, she tries again and again never giving up. Like a pilot, she always attempts to go higher. Eventually, the trailer reveals that her mind was swiped by a blue ray and this piece of information diverges from the comic story. As part of a new narrative, the movie appears to build itself on Captain Marvel discovering bits of her past.
Finally, as the trailer comes to its climax and a few moments should be highlighted. Captain Marvel walking with the Starforce in Hala, the Kree Planet, and Jude Law’s character looking up at a blue light is one of them. It shows some key characters to the story. One of the Starforce members in the left of Danvers is Gemma Chan’s Minn-Erva, a Kree geneticist obsessed with the evolution of her species in the comics. Jude Law will play a super important role as mentor to Larson's character, even though his identity is not known yet.
Next, the Krees arrive on Earth followed by Captain Marvel punching an old lady. I am not joking about this. She smacks the old woman. It is a shocking and meme-worthy moment but fans have already acknowledged that the lady is a Skrull in a shapeshifted form, so it should not spike a controversy, even if it already looks like one.
Near the end of the trailer, it is possible to see Young Agent Coulson, Two-Eyed Nick Fury and Ronan from Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 1 and going into a new shot, there is an explosion engulfing Carol in a blue light. This scene depicts the origin of her powers and it does almost accurately resemble the source material. Captain Marvel also appears with her Mohawk look, a direct nod to her recent run in the comics.
Lastly, concluding the trailer is a montage of Danvers rising up from all her previous falls, followed by Brie Larson’s character wearing her signature red-yellow-blue costume generating an energy blast. This last scene is very empowering since it reveals that the character has always been resilient through her life and has tons of will and energy inside of her to keep fighting. Her entire eyes change to yellow, showing that she is spewing energy all over and that she is powerful. Kevin Feige, the head producer of Marvel Studios, once said Captain Marvel is the most powerful superhero ever introduced. With this in mind, I am sure that after this trailer, when her movie comes out, it definitely will be a blast.
If you want to watch the trailer, click the link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1BCujX3pw8
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