Earlier today, the official trailer for Captain Marvel arrived, providing the first good look at the forthcoming movie. As trailers go, this one has me excited quite a bit because a.) The trailer doesn’t give away the entire plot of the film, b.) Captain Marvel looks pretty bad-ass and c.) It leaves plenty of room for speculation.
And who doesn’t love a bit of speculation?
In this first Captain Marvel trailer we can see that Carol Danvers – aka Captain Marvel – has a connection with Earth, but that connection is a little confusing. She is a space-dwelling hero, yet at the same time she believes she once had a life on Earth and we see images to attest to this.
But are these images real? Are these genuine recollections of the past or are they false (implanted) memories?
Danvers comments that she can’t tell if her memories are real. This comment – along with some visual accompaniments – suggests that Danvers may have had false memories implanted in her mind and if she did and this is something which is being introduced in this movie, will it play into the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe?
There are also shots of the Skrulls, a race of shapeshifting aliens known in the comics for being deceptive. Could Danvers be a Skrull and she simply doesn’t know it?
Hmm… it’s pretty unlikely as Marvel is not going to introduce a new hero who later turns out to be a sleeper agent for the Skrulls. However, if this concept of false memories and sleeper agents is being introduced here (although it’s not quite clear if it is), then this could be setting up plot points for future movies.
Let’s not forget that Captain Marvel is not one of the final chapters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, instead it is the starting point for a new character and a new era. It could also be the starting point for a huge new storyline.
Anyone familiar with the comics will know that Marvel once published an event story called Secret Invasion, which revealed that the Skrulls had infiltrated Earth, with many heroes replaced by Skrulls. Could this film be where it all starts?
It’s worth considering.
Incidentally, we’re likely to see the Skrulls again in future movies as they do share a connection with the Fantastic Four who will be incorporated into the MCU within the next few years.
OK, so moving away from the Skrulls and possible memory manipulation, other thoughts about the trailer…
It’s great to see a de-aged Agent Coulson and Nick Fury. Captain Marvel is set during the ’90s, a good ten years before the events of Iron Man (2008), so it’s good that Marvel is expanding the MCU timeline, while reintroducing established characters at earlier points in time.
Then there’s that pager – the one we saw in the post-credit scene of Avengers: Infinity War (2018). We’re going to see the connection between Fury and Danvers and why she gives him a pager for emergencies.
And then there’s the general tone of this trailer, which suggests that Marvel is ready to fully introduce an ass-kicking female super hero – and about time too. The studio seems to be going all in and we’re getting a hero to rival every Marvel character that has come before.
Did anyone else get a Wonder Woman vibe?
And now for one final thing…
Captain Marvel hits cinema screens in March 2019, which is just a short time before the arrival of the as-yet-untitled fourth Avengers movie. In fact, the two films are being released around a month apart and this is important to note, because if we’re getting a Captain Marvel trailer now then the next Avengers trailer is just around the corner.
Avengers 4 is still very much shrouded in mystery, but with the marketing campaign officially underway for Captain Marvel it means we’re getting much closer to the start of the Avengers push. The fact that these films are being released so close together also suggests that Captain Marvel will play a significant role in Avengers 4.
I know I am.