"It's a photon blast."
January 8, 2019 7:38 PM   Subscribe

The third Captain Marvel trailer, published yesterday, showing who Col. Danvers is. (previously, previouslier)

The other trailers may have gotten us excited for the fact of the movie and the plot of the movie. But this one feels like it finally shows the Carol Danvers I've seen in the comics: a competent and confident smart-ass. We saw a glimpse, in her Bill-Murray-quality smirk-delivery of "Heroes. Noble warrior heroes." in the second trailer, but this foregrounds it.
And now the tagline to: "Hope begins with (a )her(o)".
Yes, much of the footage repeats or re-emphasizes the plot beats that Danvers may not know the actual truth of how she wound up in space.
It just feels like somehow a vital connection is made.
posted by Mutant Lobsters from Riverhead (59 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
 
I'm here for all of the Danvers and Fury buddy-cop moments.
posted by dinty_moore at 7:41 PM on January 8 [3 favorites]


I never thought I'd see the day they put an Elastica song in a Marvel trailer.
posted by chrominance at 7:52 PM on January 8 [13 favorites]


I never thought I'd see the day they put an Elastica song in a Marvel trailer.

I feel like Kieron Gillen was somehow responsible. Also now I desperately want a movie of his Phonogram series but the music licensing fees alone would be insane for like the nichest nerdiest comic book movie ever.
posted by jason_steakums at 8:04 PM on January 8 [7 favorites]


I'm here for all of the Danvers and Fury buddy-cop moments.

I read that as furry at first and was like... "huh."
posted by axiom at 8:05 PM on January 8 [9 favorites]


I simply can't get enough of Brie Larson's eyebrows during "a Skrull cannot do that"
posted by a car full of lions at 8:06 PM on January 8 [8 favorites]


I like to call that song Not Three Girl Rhumba.
posted by cazoo at 8:10 PM on January 8 [9 favorites]


How do we actually know that's a photon blast, are we just supposed to take her word?!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:11 PM on January 8 [3 favorites]


I never thought I'd see the day they put an Elastica song in a Marvel trailer.

As the percentage of Hollywood releases which are Marvel movies asymptotically approaches 100%, the number of pop songs used in their trailers will likewise increase. Wait until 2026, when Galactus is bafflingly introduced to the sounds of the Macarena.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 8:14 PM on January 8 [23 favorites]


I'm not sure how I feel about the de-aging CGI on Jackson but this does look like a lot of fun.
posted by octothorpe at 8:29 PM on January 8 [2 favorites]


PS, there's going to be a Kelly Sue DeConnick cameo in the movie.
posted by dinty_moore at 8:32 PM on January 8 [13 favorites]


Skrulls on a train.
posted by feckless at 9:27 PM on January 8 [15 favorites]


I immediately bought tickets when Alamo Drafthouse emailed that they were available. I also bought all the merch!

I love Captain Marvel though I'm not as familiar with her comics as I should be.

And Brie Larson in Room is why I love her and will see whatever she's in.
posted by blessedlyndie at 9:32 PM on January 8


I'm so there for this.
posted by mordax at 9:52 PM on January 8 [1 favorite]


I love Captain Marvel though I'm not as familiar with her comics as I should be.

OOF. That's maybe a good thing. She's been treated roughly (by male writers) in the past when she was Ms.Marvel, and after a run where she was really great as Captain Marvel, TPTB turned her into a total Trump-esque thought-crime seeking out villain for Civil War 2, but like worse, they thought she was the *hero* until the ENORMOUS backlash from fans. I like the IDEA of Carol Danvers but honestly? The way she's been written is one of the reasons I don't buy Marvel Comics anymore.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 9:55 PM on January 8 [14 favorites]


I'm super down for this film though.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 9:55 PM on January 8 [1 favorite]


I was so hoping Captain Marvel was going to be a stealth Nextwave movie starring Monica Rambeau rather than Carol Danvers.
posted by benzenedream at 10:39 PM on January 8 [5 favorites]


Wait until 2026, when Galactus is bafflingly introduced to the sounds of the Macarena.

Galactus, of course, played by the dog from Air Bud as by that point all living human actors will already be playing other characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
posted by Copronymus at 10:42 PM on January 8 [6 favorites]


Not to be a total downer, but surely the Air Bud dog is dead now.
posted by axiom at 11:54 PM on January 8 [6 favorites]


Not to be a total downer, but surely the Air Bud dog is dead now.

*bursts into tears*
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 12:18 AM on January 9 [11 favorites]


It's probably a case of superhero movie fatigue but I really liked the first trailer where there was a lot of talk about Captain Marvel having lost her memories, and how it implied the idea of a superhero who'd gone through that origin story and was looking back on the emotional cost. The more it becomes about a snarky superhero turning up to save us from shape-shifting aliens in the 90s, the less interested I am.

I am sorry Ike Perlmutter held back this movie long enough that I'm sick of superheroes, but unless it's transcendent, I'm pretty sure this movie is not for me.
posted by Merus at 12:29 AM on January 9 [2 favorites]


OK, 3 seconds in and hell yeah I love Elastica.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 1:43 AM on January 9


Not sure about the flying in space shooting energy blasts bit towards the end. It looked a bit Green Lantern...
posted by biffa at 2:13 AM on January 9 [1 favorite]


Not to be a total downer, but surely the Air Bud dog is dead now.

yes: In 1997, Buddy had his right hind leg amputated due to synovial cell sarcoma, a type of cancer that manifests near the joints, although he was still able to shoot hoops. Six months later Air Buddy died in his sleep due to complications from cancer on February 10, 1998, at his owner's San Diego home. At the time of his death, Buddy was 9 years old. Buddy was a month away from celebrating his 10th birthday. Air Bud: Golden Receiver was dedicated to his memory.
posted by Pendragon at 3:31 AM on January 9 [2 favorites]


bat-cat
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:49 AM on January 9


Whenever I see clips I keep thinking it's Amy Poehler before I remember it's Brie Larson. In my head it's a Leslie Knope movie.
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 3:56 AM on January 9 [22 favorites]


In my head it's a Leslie Knope movie.

I'd get behind this project.
posted by DigDoug at 4:00 AM on January 9 [9 favorites]


I was so hoping Captain Marvel was going to be a stealth Nextwave movie

There's always room in the next phase of the MCU for something like that, especially as the future of the Guardians of the Galaxy is doubtful with Disney being hardasses about keeping James Gunn out of the franchise. My early fantasy casting: Rainn Wilson as Aaron Stack.
posted by Halloween Jack at 4:30 AM on January 9 [3 favorites]


Ain't no rules says a dog can't play Galactus.
posted by glonous keming at 5:15 AM on January 9 [11 favorites]


The more it becomes about a snarky superhero turning up to save us from shape-shifting aliens in the 90s, the less interested I am.

Although this trailer is the one that is cut to appeal to the Snarky Superhero audience.

Incidentally, am I right in thinking there's a narrative hole in all the trailers (even combined)? That is to say, the events which are symbolised by the change in costume. I'm guessing that this crisis is Carol finding out that although the Skrull are Definitely Bad Guys, the Kree aren't really Good Guys, and her Noble Warrior Hero Race are actually a bunch of fascists (which would be an entertaingly woke take). But that's just a guess, based on a hazy recollection of reading the original Captain Marvel forty years ago, and inferring stuff from what people say about more recent versions.
posted by Grangousier at 5:32 AM on January 9 [3 favorites]


yes: In 1997, Buddy had his right hind leg...

Ok, NONE of this we needed to know.
posted by sexyrobot at 5:36 AM on January 9 [5 favorites]


Not sure about the flying in space shooting energy blasts bit towards the end. It looked a bit Green Lantern...

I thought it looked a bit Miracleman.
posted by Paul Slade at 5:45 AM on January 9 [1 favorite]


pleasedon'tsuckpleasedon'tsuck.
posted by rmd1023 at 5:52 AM on January 9 [3 favorites]


her Noble Warrior Hero Race are actually a bunch of fascists

It seemed to me that she had more than a hint of sarcasm in her voice when she said "Noble Warrior Hero Race" in this trailer.
posted by plastic_animals at 6:10 AM on January 9 [1 favorite]


I thought it looked a bit Miracleman.

Well, Sha-zaaaaam !
posted by dannyboybell at 6:16 AM on January 9 [1 favorite]


This looks really damn good. Infinity War moved the stage to the galaxy-at-large, and it was amazing, i love space travel and aliens in my super hero cereal. I think Marvel films are really pushing the limits of quality recently. Black Panther, Rsgnarok, Infinity War, all home runs. The arc of the MCU story feels like the story of how Earth transitions into a galactic power, and all the trouble that comes with it. Infinity War pretty much told us that Thor is the most powerful being in the galaxy, and Marvel wastes no time with a "but wait!". I'm super curious where she has been all this time. Captain Marvel is an interesting character because her story actually deals with the source of her power. She doesn't have a limitless supply like so many super heroes always have, so her trips through space and her photon blasts have real consequences. She could conceivably absorb all the power of a star, but the consequences could be disastrous. The shot of her traveling through space under her own power is just cool as shit. So much power! And I have a feeling this movie is only going to scratch the surface. We have to wait for Endgame to see her basically "level up" and jump waaaaay ahead of Thor.
posted by Brocktoon at 6:37 AM on January 9 [1 favorite]


Thor is the most powerful being in the galaxy


HULK CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE.
posted by biffa at 6:45 AM on January 9 [2 favorites]


My son: That mohawk looks silly she shouldn't have that.
Me: YOU COULD NOT BE MORE WRONG.

All Hail the Space Mohawk.
posted by emjaybee at 7:25 AM on January 9 [10 favorites]


With a lot of CGI heavy movies, the trailers usually include unfinished CGI work. See these comparisons between the trailer and movie scenes of the Guardians of the Galaxy for an example. The movie version has that final, shiny "pop" which I think will really matter when it comes to the flaming mohawk.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:32 AM on January 9 [1 favorite]


Can someone clear something up for me?

I know the Chitauri are sort of Ultimate Skrulls, but I thought the 2012 Avengers movie used Chitauri instead of Skrulls due to movie rights issues. Kind of like the whole X-Men / Spider-man thing with Sony?

So I've been a little confused about how or why Marvel has Skrulls in movies now. Did the rights issue get resolved, or maybe I just completely made that up?
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 7:33 AM on January 9


No, that's my understanding as well. But Marvel probably had a couple of buckets of money to spare for the Skrull rights after Avengers. See also: Spider-Man.
posted by tobascodagama at 7:58 AM on January 9 [3 favorites]


I'm not as excited as I had hoped; the heroine reminds me maybe too much of Alicia Silverstone in Clueless - very white, very blonde, with a slight teenage curl of the lip.
posted by Peach at 8:10 AM on January 9


I mean, she is an academy award-winning actress, among many others. I have to believe she'll be able to handle the acting challenges of superhero films...
posted by ChuraChura at 8:16 AM on January 9 [11 favorites]


Metafilter: buckets of money to spare for the Skrull
posted by sammyo at 8:18 AM on January 9 [5 favorites]


Marvel has the rights to use Skrulls in their movies, but not certain specific Skrulls. (Fox, for example, gets to use the Super-Skrull in any increasingly hypothetical future Fantastic Four movie)
posted by Guy Smiley at 9:57 AM on January 9 [3 favorites]


I know the Chitauri are sort of Ultimate Skrulls, but I thought the 2012 Avengers movie used Chitauri instead of Skrulls due to movie rights issues.

Well, also the whole deal with Skrulls is that they are shape-shifting stealthy infiltrators rather than an army of mooks that floods in when you open a portal. Neither Skrulls nor Kree (nor Shi'ar nor Brood) would have been right for that plot even if Whedon had been given the okay to use them.

I think he probably went with the aliens from Ultimates since the MCU was sorta founded on the Ultimates version of Nick Fury. (Those are pretty much the only things the MCU adopted from the Ultimates, thank Feige.)
posted by straight at 10:46 AM on January 9 [3 favorites]


> Infinity War pretty much told us that Thor is the most powerful being in the galaxy

Well, after Squirrel Girl.
posted by The corpse in the library at 10:56 AM on January 9 [20 favorites]


Echoing the happy feelings that the music brought on. Elastica was one of the first four CDs I ever bought, so good on 'em for punching my nostalgia buttons hard.

(The movie looks promising too :) )
posted by ChrisR at 11:06 AM on January 9


My son: That mohawk looks silly she shouldn't have that.
Me: YOU COULD NOT BE MORE WRONG.


Maybe your son needs his eyes checked? Because it is definitely awesome.

The original design (Jamie McKelvie gives credit to Joe Quesada for the idea) was this cool mix of the traditional Kree gladiator-fin helmet and a clever way to deal with long hair.

But I think comic artists are usually too literal with it. The hair flops around like real hair and doesn't make the iconic silhouette that I think the original design was going for. It wasn't until these trailers that I realized the missing ingredient was that it wasn't on fire.
posted by straight at 11:24 AM on January 9 [2 favorites]


I have it on good authority that Air Buddy is now living on a farm upstate, where he gets to play outside all day with Spuds MacKenzie and the "Yo quiero Taco Bell" chihuahua.
posted by webmutant at 11:42 AM on January 9 [3 favorites]


Not sure about the flying in space shooting energy blasts bit towards the end. It looked a bit Green Lantern...

Green Lantern sucked for a whole lot of reasons but "Cosmic Superheroes Having Dogfights in Space is an Insufficiently Awesome Concept" sure wasn't on my list.
posted by straight at 12:12 PM on January 9 [5 favorites]


I'm really just going to see this because of the scene with Jackson and the kitty-cat* to be honest.

*yes I know it's not exactly a cat. But it's still a kitty.
posted by emjaybee at 12:19 PM on January 9 [3 favorites]


Trailers that synchronize their physical action beats to the background music still work for me. I'm more aware of it since Baby Driver, but I'm still down with it.

in case you were wondering
posted by Naberius at 1:05 PM on January 9


Yay!

This is the trailer that has made me more excited about the film, and I'm pretty sure it's the "showing who Col. Danvers is" part. Superpowers on their own are only so interesting, the strength of the MCU films from Iron Man through every moment they've been able to hit the right beats has always been when the specific character of a given superperson matters.
posted by wildblueyonder at 1:33 PM on January 9 [2 favorites]


I think the MCU has done a pretty good job of both character and super power development (except for Cap in IW for some reason). Neither are static, both grow. Just like leveling up in an RPG. Gamora killing Thanos is a good example; I think she absolutely could have killed him if he didn't have the Reality Stone. Her attack was just insanely awesome. Thor couldn't escape the neck restraint on Sakar, but now he could. He leveled up after all his encounters in Ragnarok (and he beat The Hulk in the arena, so that issue is settled). Stormbreaker is just the conduit for Thor's power, and it just happens to do it better than other weapons. Sure Endgame could focus on Thor again, but I want to see Captain Marvel shake things up. I think the journey toward "most powerful being in the galaxy" definitely is a story that can be told on it's own. And a Squirrel Girl movie is going to happen!
posted by Brocktoon at 6:29 PM on January 9 [2 favorites]


Girls Inc and We Have Stories started up the #CaptainMarvelChallenge , working off of the template of We Have Stories' #BlackPantherChallenge last year. Here's the GoFundMe link.

LINK TO POSSIBLE SPOILER
Also, Samuel Jackson may have given up a spoiler, since nothing in the trailers have hinted at the possibility he mentions. I'm unsure it's comics canon, although if his comment accurately reflects the final movie script, I think I know which comics arc gave them that hook.
posted by Mutant Lobsters from Riverhead at 7:03 PM on January 9


Yeah a big spoiler, but does she actually have that power, or just the power to survive the process?
posted by Brocktoon at 12:49 PM on January 10


It would be ever-so-slightly annoying if the whole thing relied on a character who at this point would be effectively a a deus ex machina. I'd hope there's more to it than that.
posted by Grangousier at 1:19 PM on January 10


Will they modify a DeLorean and make it so Thanos' parents never meet? Probably not. It might involve the Quantum Realm. I can't imagine the Russo Brothers employing a cheesy Star Trek time travel story that wraps everything up in a bow.
posted by Brocktoon at 7:49 PM on January 15 [1 favorite]


On Wednesday the 16th, Marvel released a few more posters.
I am really getting the impression that Goose the cat is important.
posted by Mutant Lobsters from Riverhead at 6:49 PM on January 20


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