Hey, Thanos, your days are numbered! The wait is finally over. Indeed, the buzz surrounding the official trailer for Captain Marvel, the first Marvel Studios superhero film headlined by a woman, is deafening. Brie Larson seems to be in fine form as the no-nonsense, intergalactic soldier Carol Danvers, the Air Force pilot turned half Kree/half human hero. There’s a lot more happening here, such as a re-aged Nick Fury, seemingly played with understatement by the ubiquitous Samuel L. Jackson and the first big screen appearance of the evil Skrulls. Which is why we broke down the entire Captain Marvel trailer to offer even more back story and insight into Marvel’s next blockbuster flick.
10. It Takes Place In The ‘90s (0:07)
Before cameras started rolling on Marvel’s first super heroine-centered film in January 2018, there was already talk that the film would take place in the ‘90s. But the opening sequence of the Captain Marvel trailer brings it all home in the most surreal of levels when the iconic Blockbuster Video marquee is shown in all its big blue, nostalgic glory. Back then, the phrase “Netflix and chill” meant driving (or walking) to your local BB and renting the latest movies fresh from theatrical release whether videotape or DVD. Be kind and rewind, indeed.
9. Carol Danvers’ Suit Is Green For A Very Good Reason (0:20)
Hardcore Captain Marvel STANS were expecting the iconic red, blue and gold suit. Which is why there was some confusion when early set pics leaked of Larson donning a green costume. But there is definitely an end game here. The green suit, which is standard Kree warrior gear, is a likely nod to the first Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell, more on him later) introduced to comic book fans in the late ‘60s. Basically, we will get to witness Danvers’ spaced-out origin story. And that’s a good thing.
8. Captain Marvel Is A Bad Ass (0:44)
All you need to know is that Danvers—who has otherworldly superhuman strength, can fly at the speed of light, survive space, and has the ability to fire off powerful radiant blasts and absorb energy—can go toe-to-toe with Thanos. In fact, she just may be Earth’s last hope after the destruction Thanos unleashed on the planet. Hopefully Danvers received Fury’s message at the end of Avengers: Infinity War.
7. Yes, That’s A Young Nick Fury Before The Eye Patch And Attitude (0:50)
Nick Fury had to start from somewhere. Before he became the world’s ultimate spy, the future head of S.H.I.E.L.D. was your average government bureaucrat with two eyes ready to check out of the mundane politics of the office. Then Fury meets Captain Marvel and his life is turned upside down. While it’s a little jarring to see a fresh faced Samuel L. through the technological miracle of CGI, the truth is we couldn’t imagine anyone else filling his role for the foreseeable future.
6. Marvel Is Going Cosmic Again (0:56)
Before the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise lit up the stars, Marvel Studios had yet to embrace its spacey roots. But now that we know there are worlds beyond Earth, it won’t be so far fetched to see Captain Marvel flying around the galaxy in spaceships like a boss. The hope, of course, is such universe-trotting will in the not so distant future lead to appearances by Galactus, Silver Surfer and the Fantastic Four (!!!).
5. Introducing Maria Rambeau (Mother Of Monica Rambeau AKA Black Captain Marvel, 1:04)
Carol Danvers is not the first woman to hold the title of Captain Marvel. That distinction goes to Monica Rambeau, the New Orleans harbor patrol officer who also happens to be African-American. While it is unlikely we will get a glimpse of Rambeau in pure energy form in her second identity as Photon, we will see her mother Maria (played by British actress Lashana Lynch), a dedicated single mom, best friend of Danvers and fellow Air Force pilot. In a perfect world all roads leads to Monica Rambeau getting her own much-deserved movie spotlight.
4. Team Starforce…Ready For Action! (1:20)
The best way to describe Starforce? It’s the Kree military’s version of an elite Special Forces team. Starforce made its debut in 1992’s Avengers #346, and although Danvers was not a member in the comics, in the big screen version she joins such notables as Minn-Erva (Gemma Chan), Mar-Vell (Jude Law) as well as Korath (Djimon Hounsou), and Ronan (Lee Pace), yes, the same Ronan the Accuser and Korath that made life miserable for the Guardians.
3. Mar-Vell’s Fear Is Pretty Worrisome (1:22)
According to Marvel Studio head KevinFeige, the film version of Mar-Vell, one of the Marvel Universe’s most indestructible beings, will be different than the character which first appeared in December 1967’s Marvel Super-Heroes #12. “I knew some about him [beforehand],” he said to Uproxx when asked about the mighty Kree hero. “As that character connects to the origin of Carol Danvers’ Captain Marvel? We’re pulling from some of that for inspiration” - with emphasis on ‘some.’” That means we may not see Mar-Vell as a Kree spy sent to observe Earth and who later turns against his people. Of course, there’s a chance that Marvel could be pulling a fast one. There are already rumors that Law might just be playing villain Yon-Rogg.
2. Finally…The Skrulls! (1:29)
As space baddies go, none come more ruthless than the Skrulls, who have battled everyone from the Avengers to the aforementioned Fantastic Four. What makes the green, pointy-eared alien race such a dangerous foe? They are the ultimate shape shifters that can transform into any humanoid form. Which is why we are willing to bet that Danvers is not punching some random elderly lady at the 1:31 mark.
1. A Beloved Character Returns (1:33)
Since his 2012 “death” in The Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) has been MIA in the Marvel movie universe. But throwback Coulson is back, rocking aviator glasses and spiked hair. Of course we know that the car-flying operative is alive and well, at least on the small screen on ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.D.