The new trailer for Captain Marvel has released, revealing new secrets about the movie's story. The House of Ideas has carefully staggered their trailer releases, with Captain Marvel getting her chance to shine ahead of the impending Avengers 4 trailer. This is essentially an origin story for Marvel's latest superhero - albeit one handled very differently to the traditional origins. In this case, it looks as though the movie will see Carol discover her own backstory, with the viewers working it out in-step with the cosmic hero.
This second Captain Marvel trailer actually reuses, or recontextualizes, a lot of scenes from the first teaser. It's surprisingly light on plot, although a lot of the details seem to confirm major theories. The most potent scenes, of course, are those in which Captain Marvel displays her power. Marvel's Kevin Feige has said that Carol is "as powerful a character as we’ve ever put in a movie," and he's described her power levels as "off the charts." Brie Larson herself has even quipped that her character can move planets. This trailer gives a first look at Captain Marvel operating at that kind of power-level, taking on the Binary form she wields in the comics.
So let's take a deep-dive into the trailer, and explore just what it reveals about Carol Danvers's MCU origin story. Little by little, the story of Captain Marvel is taking shape - and this offers some important clues.
38. The Skrulls Are Shapeshifters: Explaining The Old Lady Punching
The first trailer included an unforgettable scene in which Captain Marvel punched an old lady on one of the Los Angeles subway trains. It proved to be a surprisingly controversial scene, although Marvel lovers quickly explained that the elderly woman was probably a Skrull, an alien shapeshifter. That's now been confirmed, with an extended action sequence in which the helpless old woman fights back - even managing to knock Carol off her feet. A voice-over from Samuel L. Jackson tells viewers all they really need to know; "So, Skrulls are the bad guys," he observes, clearly trying to get his head around the cosmic infodump he's likely just received. Notice the growl Carol's opponent gives after she's been struck; there's a sinister, almost reptilian, sound to it. That fits perfectly with the design and aesthetic of the Skrulls.
37. The Kree: A Race Of Noble Warrior Heroes (For Now)
What follows is dialogue presumably from early on in the film, with Captain Marvel giving Nick Fury the lowdown on the Kree and the Skrulls. At this point, she genuinely believes that the Kree are exactly what she says here - "noble warrior heroes." Of course, the trailer will go on to strongly imply that Carol has been deceived, and by the end of the movie she'll be battling the Kree as well as the Skrulls.
36. The Kree Starforce
This is another look at the Kree Starforce. They're an elite group of warriors assembled by Jude Law's as-yet-unidentified commander, and all characters who are traditionally enemies of Carol Danvers in the comics. They include Djimon Hounsou's Korath the Pursuer, Algenis Perez Soto's Att-Lass, Rune Temte's Bron Char, and Gemma Chan's Minn-Erva. None of them are A-list villains, with Minn-Erva probably the best known; she's a Kree geneticist with no qualms about experimenting upon "lesser races" such as humans. It's still possible Minn-Erva was involved in the experiments on Carol.
Djimon Hounsou is reprising the role of Korath the Pursuer in Captain Marvel, a character introduced as one of Ronan's allies in Guardians of the Galaxy. It seems that, back in the '90s, he was a member of the Starforce. What's uncertain, though, is whether or not Korath was already working for Thanos as one of his agents. The recent tie-in novel Thanos: Titan Consumed suggested that Thanos attempted to broker an alliance with the warlike Kree shortly after learning about the Infinity Stones; Korath has often been tied to Thanos, so it's entirely possible he was on loan to the Starforce. It will be interesting to see if Thanos is mentioned.
34. Captain Marvel's Origin Story
"Your life began the day it nearly ended," a voice-over begins, as the Captain Marvel trailer reveals just how Carol Danvers wound up a member of the Kree race. It seems US Air Force pilot was caught up in a devastating crash, and was left collapsed on the ground, her body irradiated with as-yet-unknown energy. She was then approached by an unknown figure, clearly intended to be one of the Kree. The trailer sets elements of this crash up as a major mystery, and it's hardly a coincidence that the identity of the Kree who discovers Carol - most likely Jude Law's character - is obscured.
33. Carol Danvers Has Blue Blood?
One noteworthy part of Captain Marvel's origin in the new trailer is a shot of her bleeding blue, Kree blood shortly after the explosion. This may just be from the impact of the Kree bomb, although given the later discussion of experimentation opens up another interesting possibility.
The comics have recently rewritten Captain Marvel's origin to reveal that she was born a human-Kree hybrid, and that her powers were activated when she was irradiated with Kree energy - rather than originating in that explosion. It's possible the film is taking a similar approach. More likely, though, this is a hint to viewers that the flashbacks shouldn't be assumed to be accurate. After all, Carol's memories are fragmented, and believed to be being manipulated. This may indicate the confusion in her mind.
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019