The first official trailer for 2019’s Captain Marvel has burst onto the scene like the hero herself crashing through the ceiling of a ‘90s-era Blockbuster.
The trailer introduces the first footage of Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, a “renegade soldier” who finds herself on Earth in the wake of some sort of attack. Plagued by mysterious memories of Earth, Carol is picked up by none other than Nick Fury, played by a digitally de-aged Samuel L. Jackson, and introduced to the world of a pre-Iron Man S.H.I.E.L.D.
Before we go any further into breaking this 2-minute monster down, let’s watch it again:
In what order the film’s events will play out is somewhat unclear. It’s suggested that, chronologically, Carol might be going about her business on the Kree planet of Hala (that yellow-tinged, cloudy planet at which Carol stares wistfully out a window) as a member of Starforce, an elite team of Kree warriors.
Among this team is Jude Law’s character, assumed by many fans to be Mar-Vell, the original Captain Marvel and Carol’s mentor. According to an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Law's character is "driven by a belief in the divine leadership of the Kree people. So he's almost a devout warrior — unquestioning, conservative, but inspirational."
Law’s description of his character shares some qualities with another Kree MCU fans know rather well, Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), who was first introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and who will have a part in Captain Marvel. Exactly how large a part he’ll play is unknown, but if Law's character is as conservative and devout as Law says, then maybe Ronan and said character are more tied together than you think.
Law's and Carol’s relationship will be an ongoing point of tension for the other members of Starforce. Perhaps enough of a point of tension that they turn against her and she somehow crashes to Earth?
Whether or not Carol is ousted by the other members of Starforce, during some sort of space-dwelling altercation or another, Carol is thrown from her ship and crashes through the roof of a Blockbuster in the western United States. There she meets Nick Fury, who tells her that he was almost ready to give up on this line of work (ha) until she came onto the scene. So it seems Carol saved the MCU and the Avengers team long before they were a twinkle in ol' Fury's eye.
Carol confesses to Fury that “I keep having these memories…”
“I see flashes.”
“I think I had a life here.”
If we’re seeing this right, it seems that Carol, while in the Air Force, finds herself in a desert (no telling whether it’s on Earth) and discovers some sort of alien technology. The earliest Carol Danvers iterations in Marvel Comics — back in the ‘60s, when there was no way a woman could ever be Captain Marvel — Carol gets caught in an explosion of some Kree technology and is horribly injured.
In Captain Marvel, it seems the explosion might be what gives Carol her powers.
Carol is swept away into the world of the Kree and joins Starforce. Then, as described, somehow finds her way back to Earth. And it seems she does so just in time.
The Skrull — the storied enemy of the Kree — invade Earth. Maybe they're looking for something, maybe they're looking for someone, or maybe they're just evil. Who knows?
And as the Skrull are shape-shifters, that means anyone could be a Skrull. Including the nice old lady Carol punches right in the face.
From there, we get a cameo from a digitally de-aged Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg).
A pager cameo. It seems Fury has always communicated with Carol via pager.
And, most importantly, a cameo from Carol’s comics-accurate faux hawk, which seems to be a thing when she wears a helmet to breathe underwater on a mission with Starforce.
If Carol doesn’t have the faux hawk for real when she busts up Thanos in Avengers 4, what are we even doing here?
Captain Marvel premieres in theaters on March 8, 2019.