Although we didn’t get a trailer for Captain Marvel in today’s first look, audiences got to feast their eyes on what all’s in store for Brie Larson’s Air Force pilot, Carol Danvers, and all her supporting characters. Getting a glimpse at the film’s aesthetic is one thing, but getting an understanding of the film’s plotline from the pictures is an entirely different level of fandom -- one we’re here to encourage.
EW has some exclusive stills from the film, but don’t sleep on their captions; it’s here that Marvel fans can learn the most about what’s going to happen in the MCU’s first female-fronted film. So browse the pictures first, then we’ll dish:
Okay, so first thing’s first: This ain’t your daddy’s origin story. Danvers starts things off with her powers, in space, working as a member of Starforce on the Kree planet of Hala alongside Guardians of the Galaxy’s Korath (Djimon Hounsou) and newcomer to the MCU Minn-Erva (Gemma Chan). This organization (compared to SEAL Team Six by directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck) is under the command of Jude Law’s Mar-Vell.
We get a glimpse of the latter next to another returning face from the Guardians film, Ronan (Lee Pace). Ronan and Korath are important to Kree in Marvel canon, which means that the film will also act as a bit of an origin story for those two as well -- right as it introduces the Skrulls into the MCU.
We see Ben Mendelsohn’s Talos in his natural green and his shapeshifted human form -- both equally intimidating visages for the Skrull leader since his human alter-ego will be undercover at S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s there we’ll also run into Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) who’s not yet become a cyclops -- though who knows by the end of the film -- as a S.H.I.E.L.D. worker that knows paperwork better than any superhero. And his de-aged face isn’t even that weird!
The stills also introduce a final intriguing aspect of the film: Lashana Lynch’s Maria Rambeau. That means she's perhaps the mother of Monica Rambeau. That Rambeau was originally introduced as Captain Marvel in the comics, but she’s since become heroes like Pulsar, Spectrum, and -- her callsign in Captain Marvel -- Photon.