Trailer #1: ‘Captain Marvel’ Kicks Ass & Tries to Remember

Captain Marvel trailer still - Carol and team underwater

Like clockwork, Marvel is at it again, dropping the first Captain Marvel trailer roughly 6 months before it hits theaters.

International Women’s Day is coming up on March 8th, and with it comes the release of Captain Marvel, the first (finally) female-led superhero film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After Entertainment Weekly dropped a Captain Marvel photospread just about two weeks ago, we’ve been waiting for the first trailer … so without further ado, let’s jump right into the trailer, shall we?

Captain Marvel follows Carol Danvers, a military fighter pilot who’s accidentally bestowed alien superpowers and is caught up in an intergalactic conflict between the Kree (green and silver flight suits) and the Skrull (light purple-y, shapeshifters). In outer space, she’s trained by Mar-Vell (Jude Law), the leader of Starforce, which includes sniper Minn-Erva (Crazy Rich Asians‘ Gemma Chan), Bron-Char (Rune Temte), and (returning from the first Guardians of the Galaxy) Korath (Djimon Hounsou) and Ronan (Lee Pace). Her journey back to Earth brings her into contact with SHIELD agents Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg returning to the cinematic universe), and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), as well as Skrulls disguised as humans – including Skrull leader Talos disguised as Fury’s boss (Ben Mendelsohn) and a granny (being punched in the trailer). While the plot itself seems to hew closer to her overall origin story, there are a number of elements from Kelly Sue DeConnick’s recent run on the Marvel series, like her red, blue, and gold uniform, the poster tagline (below), and the cat on said poster, as well as the mohawk helmet glimpsed in the trailer (and screencapped above).

Captain Marvel one-sheet poster

Personally, I’m looking forward to a few things about the film behind the camera – in addition to the above in-front-of-the-camera elements. The film’s co-directed by husband and wife team Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (whose previous works include Half Nelson, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, and Mississippi Grind), scored by Pinar Toprak (the first MCU film with a female composer), and scripted by (initially) Inside Out‘s Meg LeFauve and Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Nicole Perlman with re-writes from Tomb Raider‘s Geneva Robertson-Dworet and contributions from Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, and Boden & Fleck. This may seem like a lot of firsts for Marvel, but given DC’s success with Wonder Woman, as well as how Marvel has been structuring their cinematic universe and bringing top talent together, I’m confident it’ll be a hit. (And speaking of taking hits and the knock-downs in the trailer, if Chumbawumba’s “Tubthumping” doesn’t make its way into the film, I’ll be slightly disappointed.)

Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8, 2019.