On Monday night, Marvel released a new trailer for Captain Marvel, which stars Brie Larson as the titular space captain hero.
This second look at the story of Carol Danvers’ air force captain turned superhero expands on the first trailer, which revealed the movie’s basic premise: Danvers comes crashing down to Earth and doesn’t remember who she is or any details about her life. It’s a case of interstellar amnesia. Bits and pieces come to her slowly, but her past life is crucial to her future as one of the Avengers and the future of the Avengers’ upcoming showdown with Thanos.
Captain Marvel’s story takes place independent of (and far prior to) the events of Avengers: Infinity War. Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the film is set in the 1990s, and its second trailer opens by adding more background to a scene from the first trailer: Captain Marvel punching an old lady in the face. As many comic fans guessed, the old lady is actually a Skrull, a shape-shifting alien race that has been warring with a race called the Kree. Danvers goes on to tell Nick Fury that the Kree are “noble warrior heroes.”
But that might not be the entire story.
You see, Danvers doesn’t know her full identity, and the idea that the Kree are noble warrior heroes could just be what she was told.
There’s a key scene with Annette Benning as a fellow Kree, who lays out Captain Marvel’s origin story. “Your life began the day it nearly ended,” she explains. “We found you with no memory. We made you one of us, so you could live longer, stronger, superior. You were reborn.”
That could be a sweet story, sure. But Benning’s character could also be glossing over the idea that the Kree found Danvers, imbued her with Kree powers, and turned her into a weapon against the Skrulls. She could just be a pawn — a very powerful pawn with photon blasts and cosmic flying abilities — that the Kree used to gain an upper hand.
Jude Law, who is credited as Mar-Vell/Walter Lawson on IMDB, promises to tell Captain Marvel the entire history of her being. But he doesn’t seem to be that trustworthy, since he’s offering to do so with the most nefarious voice.
We’ll only find out the full backstory and Danvers’ entire saga, when Captain Marvel hits theaters next year.
Captain Marvel opens in theaters on March 8, 2019