The Flickering Myth writing team share their thoughts on the Captain Marvel trailer…
Yesterday, Marvel unveiled a teaser trailer for Captain Marvel, the studio’s first superhero offering of 2019, which introduces Brie Larson’s cosmic hero Carol Danvers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe ahead of what is presumably going to be a key role in Avengers 4. Here’s what our writing team made of the teaser…
Shaun Munro: One of Marvel’s weaker recent trailer debuts in my opinion. The cinematography looks really rough in parts and I just didn’t get the epic feel I was hoping for. The digital de-aging tech looks astonishing, though, and I won’t be judging the movie too harshly just yet. I’d be surprised if the next trailer wasn’t a lot more interesting.
EJ Moreno: While the film looks visually-striking and I love supporting a female lead, Brie Larson lacks the extra attitude I expected from this role. Let’s hope she commands the screen in the final product.
Tom Beasley: I think Brie Larson is one of the best actors in the world right now and so I’m predisposed to find the idea of her being in a superhero movie massively exciting. Thankfully, based on this trailer, there’s a lot to be excited about. I love the colour and energy of the whole thing, which is in keeping with the best of Marvel. The de-aging stuff looks fantastic and we get just enough here for me to be intrigued by the dynamic between Carol and Fury. It’s a fairly plot-light trailer, but that’s to be expected for a teaser and I look forward to getting more info in future previews. This is a movie that features at least one scene of an Oscar-winning actress clocking a pensioner in the face. Who wouldn’t be excited to see that?!
Eric Bay-Andersen: I’m sure Larson will get the chance to make more of an impression in the main trailer, but this was a great teaser – tantalising glimpses of the Skulls, the pager, de-aged Fury and Coulson. So far this has all the hallmarks of another Marvel home-run – in fact, all this film has to do to be successful is NOT be Green Lantern! Can’t wait.
Tom Jolliffe: It’s difficult for anything post Infinity War to look anything but a little unspectacular. It feels a touch first phase era to me. It’s only an early trailer but I feel like Infinity War cranked things up to 11 and this looks a spluttering 6. It’ll undoubtedly be fun, but will it be memorable?
Allen Christian: It looks like it takes advantage of not being concurrent with the events of the rest of the MCU. It does feel a bit like early MCU, but that’s not a bad thing. I was honestly expecting a lot of jokes about it being the 90s, but it looks like we might get a legitimate space opera.
Anghus Houvouras: I loved it. More Marvel space movies please. This is the most interesting part of the MCU where the best movies have come from (Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy). Brie Larson is pure charismatic magic. Young Nick Fury and young Coulson make me excited for some classic S.H.I.E.L.D. action. For me, the MCU can still be interesting when they find ways to explore new stories and corners of their universe, something that is pretty impressive 10 years into their run.
Helen Murdoch: Suitably intrigued and really looking forward to seeing more of Larson as the trailer didn’t give us much hint about character etc. Really liked the image of her always getting back up.
Cameron Frew: There’s great, bombastic music, stunning visuals, satisfyingly intriguing imagery and an Oscar-winning actress as a badass hero – but there’s just something missing. A little swagger, a bit more self-belief. It’s early days yet, but this has the potential to be both pivotal and marvellous.
Red Stewart: Whoever thought putting in the ghost wail from Danny Phantom on repeat was a smart idea deserves a swift kick to the groin. Other than, decent teaser. Didn’t give much, but that shot of Blockbuster definitely hit me in the feels lol.
Matt Spencer-Skeen: I think Marvel have been super inconsistent with their trailers, very few have truly generated the feelings I end up having for the finished product. Whilst Thor: Ragnarok and GotG have really reflected what we’ve seen on the screen, Iron Man 2 had a great trailer (and we all know what happened there) and I never felt like Winter Soldier’s trailer lived up to an incredible film. With the writing and directing talent on this I have faith in the finished product even if the trailer doesn’t blow me away.
So, a bit of a lukewarm reaction to the teaser overall, but still plenty of excitement over what Marvel has in store for us come March 2019. But what did you make of the trailer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
Captain Marvel follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Captain Marvel is being directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Mississippi Grind) and sees Brie Larson (Kong: Skull Island) leading the cast as Carol Danvers alongside Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers), Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy), Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy), Lashana Lynch (Fast Girls), Gemma Chan (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Algenis Perez Soto (Sambá), Rune Temte (Eddie The Eagle), McKenna Grace (I, Tonya), Annette Bening (American Beauty), McKenna Grace (Gifted), Ana Ayora (The Big Wedding), Vik Sahay (Chuck), Kenneth Mitchell (Star Trek: Discovery), Chuku Modo (The Good Doctor), Clark Gregg (The Avengers) and Jude Law (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald).