In the months that have followed since Thanos razed a trail of destruction and dust throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe fans have been eagerly waiting for anything regarding the remaining films for Phase 3. While Ant-Man and the Wasp helped tide us over with a more lighthearted romp with our favorite bug-sized heroes, it ultimately left us with even more questions and anticipation with its cliffhanger ending. At this point we don’t even know the name of the untitled Avengers 4 that will ultimately see Earth’s Mightiest Heros once again take on the Mad Titan in an effort to save half the universe that disappeared during the snap.
Marvel Studios finally decided we had waited long enough this past Tuesday and gave us our first look at the next film in their slate, the muchanticipated Captain Marvel. Led by Academy Award-winning Actress Brie Larson, the cast includes our favorite spy Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, as well as Jude Law in an undisclosed role. Several characters who have shown up in previous movies appear in the trailer as well, including Clark Gregg’s Agent Phil Coulson and Lee Pace’s villainous Ronan the Accuser from Guardians of the Galaxy.
While it doesn’t give away too much of the film’s plot (it is only a teaser trailer after all) it mainly serves to familiarize us with Carol Danvers, longtime Avenger and one of the strongest powerhouses within the comics. The opening sees the Captain crash to earth from outer space and land in a Blockbuster. If this isn’t a strong enough hint at what decade the film takes place, perhaps Fury’s full head of hair along with his pager will do the trick. The following scenes clearly show this film will be a love letter to the 90’s, from the pop culture references and sci-fi music to the action scenes which feel like they should be part of Terminator 2.
Quick editing makes it hard to catch everything, but we see Carol flying through space, take part in an awesome chase sequence, and…punch a smiling old lady?? Not to worry, more than likely it’s not someone’s sweet granny who was on the end of that fist, but rather the film’s main villains, the Skrulls. We’re able to see a quick glance of the shapeshifting green creatures, but not much else is revealed about them.
Flashbacks show Carol in training to become an Air Force officer as she mentions that she doesn’t know who she was. It appears that she has had her memories from Earth erased, for whatever reason, and will rediscover her humanity as the film progresses. Some fans are probably as confused as she is, as this is the first time she has appeared on screen. Yes, there was a post credit teaser featuring her iconic Kree Star in the final seconds of Avengers: Infinity War, but unless moviegoers were already familiar with her character, they probably were left scratching their heads as they left the theater.
First appearing in the 1960’s, Carol served as a side character within the Captain Marvel comic book. She would often assist Mar-Vell, a superhero of Kree origins, who first carried the title of Captain Marvel once Marvel Comics had acquired the name. Yes, it gets confusing, but there have actually been several Captain Marvels, the first being a D.C. Comics character. Now known as Shazam, D.C. lost the name rights after burying the character once they obtained him from a rival company.
Carol gained her powers after being caught in an explosion that caused Mar-Vell’s DNA to merge with hers, granting her all the powers that he had. These include super strength, flight, and energy blasts she can throw from her hands. Taking the mantle of Ms. Marvel, she would star in her own series beginning in 1977. She would go on to become a permanent member of the Avengers. The 80’s saw her gain even more powers as experimentation by an alien race gave her the ability to go binary. This new ability would give her the energy levels of a star by tapping into the strength of a white hole.
It wouldn’t be until 2013 that she would take up the mantle of Captain Marvel in an attempt to honor the legacy of her mentor Mar-Vell, who had permanently died in the comics years before. For those of you who want to read this modern version of Carol, you’ll have an easy time catching up on back issues. We do recommend reading at least a few of the early issues of Ms. Marvel if you want to see the earliest version of her character. In addition, the film has been rumored to cover the famous Kree-Skrull War storyline, so you might want to read up on that arc as well. They can be found in the original Avengers run from issues #89 to #97 and feature Earth getting caught in the crosshairs of an enormous war between these two alien species which happen to be mortal enemies.
Captain Marvel (2012) served as an introductory series to the modern take on Carol Danvers. While it features a strange turn of events where Carol ends up in the past, we found it to be an entertaining read. 2014’s run saw her venture into the cosmos for a series of fun adventures, some of which involve the Guardians of the Galaxy. These were really fun stories and we highly recommend you read them. Some additional reading you should include Civil War II (Carol pits herself against Iron Man in a showdown similar to that which he found himself in with Captain America), A-Force (Carol joins an all-female team of Avengers to battle threats across the multiverse), and the latest series, The Life of Captain Marvel (this retells the beginning of Carol’s superhero journey and serves as a starting point for new fans).
Get ready to fly higher, faster, and farther than ever before when Captain Marvel hits theaters in March of 2019.