Yes, our first official look at Brie Larson as Captain Marvel is pretty cool. I was definitely in the anticipating a teaser trailer camp so I was a bit disappointed. Still, we did get some valuable information on Marvel Studios’ 21st film.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel sidesteps the traditional origin-story template. When it begins, Carol already has her powers. She’s left her earthly life behind to join an elite Kree military team called Starforce, led by Jude Law’s enigmatic commander.
But before long, Carol finds herself back on Earth with new questions about her past. And she’s got a formidable enemy in the form of the Skrulls — the notorious Marvel baddies made all the more dangerous by their shape-shifting abilities. Ben Mendelsohn plays their leader Talos, who spearheads a Skrull invasion of Earth.
Larson seems to have a good handle on the character based on her comments to EW:
She can’t help but be herself. She can be aggressive, and she can have a temper, and she can be a little invasive and in your face. She’s also quick to jump to things, which makes her amazing in battle because she’s the first one out there and doesn’t always wait for orders. But the [not] waiting for orders is, to some, a character flaw.
I’m glad to learn we’re not getting a standard origin story. Marvel Studios is doing less of that lately. Spider-Man: Homecoming and Black Panther didn’t need them to succeed and Captain Marvel will be a lot more interesting without waiting for her to become a superhero.
Larson will also be joined by Samuel L. Jackson, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, McKenna Grace and Clark Gregg.
I can’t help but think Marvel Studios really missed the opportunity here. If Captain Marvel was released in 2015 it would be considered groundbreaking. Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman (arguably) rightfully took the thunder as the first blockbuster film starring a female hero in the modern era. And as excited as people will be for Captain Marvel it’s going to be compared with Wonder Woman.
Marvel Comics has been focused for the last half decade in making Captain Marvel a featured player in anticipation of her crossover movie success. Looks like we’ll see shortly if they made the right call.
Captain Marvel arrives in theaters just in time for Women’s History Month on March 8, 2019.