Marvel Studios finally started hyping audiences for the release of Captain Marvel with the release of its first trailer, and while it's a solid way to kick off the promotional campaign for the movie, there are a few elements that are conspicuously absent. The almost two-minute video provided fans a good look at the next big MCU superhero set to arrive via her own solo adventure in six months before joining the rest of the heroes in their final bout against Thanos two months later in Avengers 4.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the forthcoming MCU movie is a period piece set in the '90s - long before Tony Stark came out as Iron Man and Captain America woke up from being frozen in ice for decades. Given the timeline, Captain Marvel will feature some familiar faces in the franchise like Samuel L. Jackson's (still two-eyed) Nick Fury, Clark Gregg's Phil Coulson, Lee Pace's Ronin the Accuser, and Djimon Hounsou's Korath the Pursuer. It will also introduce some new key players such as Ben Mendelsohn's Skrull leader named Talos, Lashana Lynch's Maria Rambeau, and Jude Law, who is generally believed to be playing Mar-Vell. Plot specifics are being tightly kept under wraps but fans shouldn't expect the movie to play out as a standard MCU origin movie as Danvers will already have her powers when it begins.
The much-anticipated Captain Marvel trailer has been well-received across social media thanks to its perfect blend of cool action and character shots. However, there are several things that it noticeably skipped out on, by design or not.
Over the past decade, Marvel Studios has perfected a formula for an MCU movie, and one thing you can absolutely bet on regardless the aesthetic or tone is humor. This means it was conspicuous when the quippy, one-liners which the franchise has been known for (for better or worse) were absent from the Captain Marvel trailer.
After seeing the public's positive response to the use of snappy banter in 2008's Iron Man (which also set the template of the tone for most their movies), humor has been a constant selling factor for the MCU. While some films use it better (Guardians of the Galaxy) than others (Thor: The Dark World), comedy has been a key element of the franchise's charm, and they use every opportunity to highlight it especially in marketing campaigns. Oftentimes, a trailer is peppered with funny back-and-forths between characters and/or is punctuated with a joke. Curiously, that's not the case with Captain Marvel's; it maintained a serious, more action adventure vibe throughout, devoid of even a single one-liner.
That's not to say that it's not entertaining. In fact, it's the opposite. Almost every second of the trailer was enjoyable. If anything, it's proof that Marvel Studios can veer a little bit away from the snappy humor and still roll out something that is still on-brand. Of course, it's unlikely that the trailer's tone is indicative of what the overall vibe of the film will be; Larson said that "it is funny, but also when there’s deep emotional things happening, it’s real."
Jude Law's Real Identity
When Law was first reported to join the cast as the male lead of Captain Marvel, he was said to be Doctor Walter Lawson, a.k.a. Mar-Vell. In the comics, Mar-Vell was the first Captain Marvel, long before Danvers, who actually gained her powers when her DNA was fused with the Kree warrior in an explosion. However, with Marvel Studios tweaking Carol's origin story in their big-screen adaptation, it's a big mystery as to who Law might be really playing - and the film's first trailer did not give anything away to help crack it.
While Law's character remains unnamed (neither he nor the directors would confirm his identity), EW's extensive feature on the movie provided some details. According to the report, he's the leader of Starforce (which Danvers is a member of) and is described as a "devout" Kree warrior who has a strong belief of "the divine leadership of the Kree people." He is expected to form a special mentee/mentor relationship with Carol, although he also maintains a close relationship with Ronan, who was first introduced in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy.
A theory which has been going around claims that Law may be playing Yon-Rogg, another Kree military commander who's depicted as a villain and intensely hates Mar-Vell. Should this be the film's main plot twist, this explains why Marvel Studios is being so weirdly secretive about his character.
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- 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