Whew. After that first old-lady-punching trailer, Marvel’s back with a new full-length trailer for next year’s Captain Marvel and good grief, there’s a lot going on here. Young Nick Fury! Crazy alien races! Noble Warrior Hero mom Annette Bening! A cute cat named Goose! A longer clip of that old lady fight!
Of course, the overarching story here is that this will be Marvel’s first female-fronted superhero movie — just a little over ten years after the Marvel Cinematic Universe began. That’s not great timing but, well, better late than never, especially if it means we get more shots of glowing Brie Larson zipping through space pew-pewing extraterrestrial bogies with lasers from her hands.
In the comics, Captain Marvel is Carol Danvers, an ace pilot whose biological DNA was altered via some scifi hijinks into being part Kree, making her stronger, faster and fly-ier, in addition to the aforementioned pew-pews. She’s been a part of the Marvel Universe for several decades but was given a huge boost of relevance in 2012 when writer Kelly Sue DeConnick rebooted the character in a now-iconic run of comics that turned her into one of Marvel’s premier superheroes and garnered one of the most loyal fandoms in the whole nerd universe, affectionately known as the Carol Corps.
That Corps has a high standard for this movie but so far, there’s no reason to be worried. It’s written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the directorial team who’ve made a series of beloved indie hits like Half Nelson and Mississippi Grind. Graduating to superhero movies is a major upgrade, but it follows Marvel Studio’s recent pattern of entrusting their properties to filmmakers who’ve proven they can handle intimate drama.
The film stars Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Annette Benning, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Ben Mendelsohn and Brie Larson as the noble warrior hero herself. We’ll see the whole thing next March.