The first trailer for Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel debuted Tuesday on Good Morning America and from the moment we are introduced to Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) as she crashes into a Blockbuster Video we might think that Captain Marvel is going to lean way to far into nostalgia, but it doesn’t. What it does is set up that this film is a period piece in a fun way. The Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) narration hits and we think this is going to be a somber film, but we remember that most Marvel Studio films have a great balance of humor and seriousness (see Carol Danvers punching the old lady).
What the trailer shows in a smart, shorthand is what the movie really is, is the first of its kind. It’s Marvel’s introduction into the female-led solo film. And it’s what the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been leading up to. It’s a perfect blend of the MCU films that came before it ( a mix of Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, and Guardians of the Galaxy). What we get is something a little unexpected, a genuine sci-fi action film that kicks butt but also has a ton of heart.
As Captain Marvel says in the trailer, “I’m not what you think I am,” and hopefully, the film is even more than we ever thought it could be. But we will have to wait until March 8, 2019, when it premieres to find out.