The release of Captain Marvel is just two months away, and Marvel Studios is stoking the excitement with an extended “special look” at the upcoming film. We learn that Carole Danvers seems to have her very own “Iron Fist” and catch glimpses of a Skrull mid-shapeshift, as well as a young Agent Coulson.
By now we know that Captain Marvel will be set in the 1990s, long before the infamous “Snappening” at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. She falls from the sky and lands in a Blockbuster Video and soon draws the attention of a young Nick Fury (all hail the power of CGI and Samuel L. Jackson). We also learned from prior trailers that she had a life on Earth as a pilot with the military. She was rescued, near death, by the Kree after her aircraft crashed. Left with no memories, they made her one of them so she “could live longer, stronger, superior.”
Carole is rocking a grunge/biker look in this latest trailer, debriefing Nick Fury in a dive bar about the Skrulls’ invasion of Earth. They’re a shape-shifting alien species, and we get to see that process in action here, as a Skrull takes on the form of an unsuspecting surfer. She’s here to fight them, evidenced by the infamous subway scene where she beats up a seemingly sweet old granny (really a Skrull in disguise).
One of the more intriguing things we learn from this special look is that Carole seems to have her very own Iron Fist, the source of her incredible powers. It looks a lot like Danny Rand’s orange glowing fist, except hers delivers a powerful photon blast. Could there be a connection? We don’t know how she acquired this power, but it seems to be related to her accident. There’s a brief shot of a mysterious substance seeping into her hand, right before she transforms in a brilliant flash of blue energy.
This footage brings out even more of the sparkling chemistry between Carole and Fury. She’s witty as well as fierce, and she’s cheeky enough to question the wisdom of advertising her association with S.H.I.E.L.D. with a baseball cap on a supposedly covert op. “Says the space soldier who was wearing a rubber suit,” he counters. And we get our first glimpse of a young Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), hoping there might be more beings with special powers lurking about. “She’s just the beginning,” Fury tells him.
What this special look doesn’t do is shed more light on Jude Law’s character. It had been widely rumored that he plays the original Mar-Vell, introduced in the comics back in 1967 as an alien military officer of the Kree Empire who joins forces with the humans. Fans speculated he would play Carole Danvers’ mentor in the new film. But leaked images of the new line of Captain Marvel Funko Pop toys suggested that Law would play a Kree named Yon-Rogg, one of Captain Marvel’s greatest enemies.
This latest trailer suggests he is indeed a mentor to Carole, teaching her combat skills and, more importantly, how to control that powerful fist of hers. That doesn’t necessarily rule out the possibility that he becomes her enemy, however. It’s a common trope in the genre.
All in all, it looks like Carole Danvers will be a force to be reckoned with in the major battle that is likely to be the focus of Avengers: End Game (coming in April). Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8.
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