Hey, I’m back again! Let’s dive right into this madness and dissect the new Captain Marvel trailer that was just released! In very short time it becomes high ranked on YouTube, and initial views were provided by The Marketing Heaven.
The very first shot of the trailer is an exploding vessel, presumably belonging to Carol Danvers, with what looks like an escape pod rocketing out of the explosion just in time.
Or not? The next shot is Danvers free falling in her green Kree uniform. Did she even make it into her escape pod? Did that explode too? And why isn’t she flying? Does she know that she can fly at this point or is she too disoriented? There are just so many questions buzzing through my mind right now.
Of all places, she ends up landing in a Blockbuster Video store, which immediately tells us that this movie is set in the 90s. However, I’m not sure how this is going to play for foreign audiences, since Blockbuster Video is a uniquely American store chain. Regardless, I’m sure there will be other indications of the era that are more recognizable to international audiences.
Next we she her in a metro station looking completely lost and confused as we hear Samuel L. Jackson narrating.
“War is a universal language. I know a renegade solider when I see one. Never occurred to me one might come from above.”
After the Marvel Studios logo, we cut to Carol scanning her fingerprint, presumably at a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility, and it brings up an interesting question. In the MCU, did she at one point work for S.H.I.E.L.D. in the past or is this just her fruitlessly scanning her finger in an attempt to access the room full of files? It cuts to doors opening, but that could easily be an editing trick to mislead us, but, it’s something to think about.
As previously discussed, it looks like Carol Danvers is breaking into a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility, presumably answers, in what seems like the original “baseball cap” disguise. We then get a montage of action footage with more narration from Nick Fury, presumably speaking to Carol.
“Space invasion. Big car chase. Truth be told, I was ready to hang it up, until I met you today.”
Alright, we’re going to have to break a lot of these down.
It looks like a Skrull is being dissected and it seems like it’s being done in secrecy, considering the lack of lighting and only three people being in the room. Maybe they know that Skrulls can disguise themselves are anyone they know, so, they’re doing this dissection in secret to prevent other Skrull agents knowing they’re on to them. But, it’s pointless, since it seems like it’s Talos overlooking the dissection. Perhaps lulling Fury into a false sense of security and secrecy.
Also looks like Fury is holding an ice pack to his soon to be missing eye. It’d be hilarious if it’s a running joke throughout the movie of him almost losing his eye on several occasions until the actual moment happens.
The next shot is what looks like a human ship confronting either a Kree or Skrull vessel that was cloaked and orbiting the Earth. I’m willing to beat that this is a Kree ship, based on later footage in the trailer, plus, it’d be unwise for the Skrulls to reveal themselves like this. Maybe they’re looking for their missing, renegade soldier?
It seems like Carol is chasing down someone on top a train – likely a Skrull infiltrator that she discovered. What’s STILL interesting though is that Carol is just jumping onto the train, when in the comics, one of her signature powers is flight. Maybe she really doesn’t know she can do that yet?
But we do see Carol’s other signature power, energy projection out of her fists. It looks like a flamethrower rather than a concentrated beam of energy like the comcics, but maybe she can adjust the focus of it? Or it gets stronger over the course of the movie. Seems like she’s using pretty deadly force against whoever she’s chasing, but maybe she knows that they can take it?
We then cut to an interior shot of the Blockbuster Video, but it looks familiar. Where have we seen this before?
Oh yeah, the EW photos that were released showing Ben Mendelsohn as Talos in his human disguise investigating what initially looked like a convenience store break in, but now it seems like he’s at the Blockbuster Video store that Carol crash landed into.
So, it seems like both the Kree and the Skrulls are after Carol for different reasons. The Skrull for her being one of their greatest enemies and the Kree for being a renegade soldier and deserter.
If this scene also looks familiar to you, it should, since we reported this scene being shot months ago, but this time Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t have any white dots on his face, meaning the de-aging effect is in full effect here.
And here is the design of the Kree ships tinted green, matching that of their uniforms, as it heads towards an unknown planet that could very likely be the Kree homeworld Hala or a completely different planet with Starforce headed there for a mission.
We get a nice shot of Carol seemingly waking up to a view of a city on Hala and it really seems like the primary colors of the Kree are going to be yellow and green, if their interior lighting and uniforms are anything to go by so far. We cut to Fury driving with Carol in the middle of a desert and striking up a conversation as Fury attempts to assess the situation.
We cut to a voice over of Danvers, likely speaking to Fury, about how she’s here because she has memories of Earth. We then get a succession shots, likely flashbacks, of her previous life on Earth and her being knocked down one way or the other.
“I keep having these memories. I see flashes. I think I had a life here. But I can’t tell if it’s real.”
The story format for this movie definitely seems like it will be drastically different from other movies in the MCU, which is a nice change of pace. It seems we’re really going to delve into Carol’s past, even as a child, played by child actress McKenna Grace.
We also got a quick shot of Carol on the ground with her hand surrounded by blue streams of energy in what is likely the aftermath of the explosion that gives her powers and we get another voice over from Brie Larson.
“But, I can’t tell if it’s real.”
The next shot is of Carol restrained by her arms and legs, while electricity flows through her head. Is this just after she’s been recovered by the Kree? Are they wiping her mind here? She seems to be pretty calm about it and the voice line seems to imply that she thinks her mind has been altered and she can no longer tell what is and isn’t real, so maybe the Kree are implanting false memories in this shot?
We see more of Hala and Starforce as they enter a hanger bay, likely to meet with Jude Law and Ronan, as seen in the EW photos.
We have another quick shot of Jude Law looking at someone in what looks like fear in the same hanger bay? Blue tinted light seems to be flickering in front of him, so, could be connected to Carol?
Considering that Carol’s dream, even as a child, was to fly, it’s likely that isn’t a circus, but a go-kart circuit and is imagining herself flying.
We get some more quick shots with one of them looking almost exactly like the EW photo of the Skrulls on the beach, expect here they actually have proper lighting applied to them.
By far the most talked about moment in the trailer is Carol Danvers punching an old lady. However, this is obviously connected to the scene in which Carol jumps onto a train chasing someone, which is very likely a Skrull – this Skrull. So, she loses track of them and they hide inside the train as this seemingly innocent old lady, but it seems like Carol is experienced in identifying Skrulls on sight. Before she punches the senior citizen, she looks at her suspiciously, almost like she’s looking for something specifically that gives the Skrull away.
Doesn’t help that the Skrull is giving the most guilty looking smile imaginable.
More quick series of shots, this one on an alien world with something being bombarded by lasers. The planet itself looks abandoned or at least a little ancient, so maybe they’re looking for something or someone hidden there?
Here we have a shot of Ronan from the back, in what is presumably the same ship from earlier, looking over Earth – likely with disdain. Are they after Carol specifically or do they plan on invading Earth to one up the Skrull?
And we finally have an image of a de-aged Phil Coulson with Clark Gregg returning to the role. This is the first time he’s been in the movies since The Avengers when he was seemingly killed by Loki. This could also be his first “rodeo” that was referenced in Iron Man.
Well, this is an ominous message from Fury.
Who’s he sending this to? His boss, who happens to be a Skrull in disguise? If that’s the case, then it wouldn’t be good for either him or Carol to compromise their position. This is also obviously the same pager that appears in the post-credit scene from Avengers: Infinity War but with more technological modifications added to it.
Oh hey, I called this months ago! It seems like, unlike the comics recent retooling of the character, she actually will require air to breath, thus, the need for her helmet – which was designed by Jamie McKelvie and even includes her signature mohawk!
This seems like the moment that Carol is caught in the explosion that grants her powers and alters her DNA. This is also definitely a ship, since there were photos captured from Shaver Lake in California in which a set was constructed of a crash.
So, is this her own plane that crashed? Or is she investigating the crash of another alien ship? One that may have been carrying important and delicate cargo? If so, who did it belong to? The Kree or the Skrull? There has been a lot of rumors and reports that this has something to do with the Quantum Realm, but, I still don’t fully buy it yet.
The explosion is somewhat similar to the one seen in Ant-Man and the Wasp, but it seems like a bit of a stretch that the Quantum Realm, in addition to being a microscopic realm, has the side effect of giving people the ability to phase shift, fly, super strength, energy absorption and energy projection.
I’d actually be kinda disappointed if this ends up being the case because it just makes the world feel a lot smaller and her connection to the Quantum Realm would feel incredibly contrived.
I actually really love the effect that they have for her eyes, which makes it look even more like the comics and I hope it stays even with her red and blue outfit.
I really like this editing in the trailer. It seems like this might be a more common occurrence in the movie by having parallels like this, the same with her being knocked down.
Then we have a shot of Carol in her blue and red outfit in the desert confronting someone clad in black. Is this Jude Law’s character in a different outfit? They certainly don’t look like they’re wearing a Kree uniform, considering it’s lacking the distinctive green. Maybe it’s a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent wearing a classing black and white uniform? Who knows but, whoever they are, it looks like they’re going to get punched in the face.
Her she is speaking to, presumably, both Maria and Monica Rambeau.
“I’m not what you think I am.”
I really feels like Danvers is going to be pretty messed up by the end of this movie, considering that it seems more and more likely that while she’ll regain her memories of Earth, it seems like she’s no longer the same person she used to be.
The final money shot of the trailer is Carol Danvers using her other signature ability to absorb energy and her subsequent transformation into Binary if she absorbs enough. However, I feel like this isn’t her Binary form, but close to it. Typically she’s always been portrayed with her hair essentially on fire in every incarnation of the form and it’d be disappointing if this was it.
Well, that’s it for this breakdown. Hope I helped point out some things you didn’t notice!