Behold the First Captain Marvel Trailer

Marvel has just dropped the first trailer for Captain Marvel, and the now the Internet can proceed to collective lose their marbles. Our first look at Brie Larson as arguably the most powerful superhero in the Marvel canon (and now in the MCU) opens with her pilot, Carol Danvers, dropping from the sky and crash through the roof of a Blockbuster Video. Folks, there’s your nod to what era we’re dealing with—in roughly 16 seconds, we know we’re smack dab in the middle of the 90s when Blockbuster dominated the video rental market, and superheroes were all more or less male and white. No more—directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck‘s film is heralding in a new era for the MCU, with Larson’s Captain Marvel the first female superhero to headline her own film.

“War is a universal language,” Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) says in a voiceover. “And I know a renegade soldier when I see one.” He’s, of course, referring to Danvers, who is not only far more than just a pilot, she’s also far more than simply human. “It never occurred to me that one might come from above,” Fury says, nodding at the fact that Danvers is part Kree, the alien race that has made such trouble in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. As Marvel Studios president Kevin Fiege told EW: “She is more powerful than any character we’ve introduced thus far. So that alone tells you that there’s a reason Nick hit that button at the end [of Infinity War], when he realized that they were up against something far bigger than they had ever been up against before. And having her on your side is hopefully going to change the balance of power in a way that they desperately need.”

Seeing a completely, mesmerizingly de-aged Jackson is one of the trailer’s treats, but the real thrills come from the peaks we get both at Captain Marvel’s powers (a brief moment of her unleashing twin laser beams from her hands) and at Larson’s embodiment of a superheroine for the ages, one whose origins are identifiably earthbound and cosmic. Captain Marvel will give us a look at how Carol Danvers became the titular superheroine, but it’ll be serving double duty as setting up the woman who will likely have a major role to play in the fates of the rest of the MCU’s characters in Avengers 4. While this new trailer isn’t heavy on plot specifics, the jolts are there in healthy supply, Larson looks perfect in the role, and our glimpses of Jackson, Jude Law’s Mar-Vell, and Clark Gregg’s return as Agent Coulson are great. They’ve also clearly left a LOT out of their first reveal, so we’ll be eager to see looks at Lee Pace’s Ronan and some of the other heavies in later trailers.

Captain Marvel blasts into theaters on March 8, 2019.

Featured Image: Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL..Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson)..Photo: Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2019


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