Captain Marvel (2019) - Teaser Trailer Reaction
For the record, Captain Marvel is, and has been, my most anticipated Marvel film for a little while now, mostly because it just sounds like a general film I'd be interested in watching. I mean, the story is Brie Larson fighting space aliens. Plus, the movie's got a really, really good cast (most of whom aren't shown off in this new teaser) and intends to tell the story from the perspective of "yeah, Carol Danvers has got powers already, so what?", which after seeing so many origin stories (and that's just in the superhero sub-genre), is quite refreshing. I've got no idea what relation this has to the comics other than that Captain Marvel's costume looks like her's, and her iconic helmet briefly features. Other than that, I think the green aliens are shape-shifters...?
If there was one element I was hesitant about, it was the directors Ana Boden and Ryan Fleck, a duo responsible for indie films that...I don't think anyone's actually seen. After Peyton Reed's mediocre job on Ant-Man and the Wasp and Jon Watts' spectacularly unspectacular job on Spider-Man: Homecoming, the worry about Marvel hiring bland directors to make their movies as opposed to auteur filmmakers was starting to settle in. Plus, Disney recently fired their most bold and inventive director, so that's not a good sign.
However, Boden and Fleck were actually on the books for Guardians of the Galaxy before being reassigned to Captain Marvel, potentially because Marvel Studios saw greater potential in their Captain Marvel movie (that and James Gunn's pitch for Guardians must've been insane). Based on this trailer, the shot composition, camera movement, etc all looks much more interesting than Watts or Reed's work. The cinematography has a very distinct look, with very subtle uses of green and orange, which makes the film look colourful and vibrant.
There isn't much indication about the story or even what Captain Marvel's super-powers are, but I quite liked how vague the trailer was. Marvel Studios can be really good at not revealing really awesome twists in their movies (see Black Panther for example), so I have no doubt that the trailers are intentionally concealing important plot points to actually surprise the audience. After all, people are going to see this movie just because it's a Marvel film.
Saying that, there's a lot of really cool stuff to see in this trailer: Carol crash-lands into a Blockbuster Video store; young Nick Fury (a de-aged Samuel L Jackson) sans eye-patch; a young Coulson (Clark Gregg's finally back in the movies!); a very brief look at younger Ronan the Accuser and the Skrulls; that shot of Carol jumping on the train; and the full reveal of Captain Marvel in costume with that vibrant energy surrounding her. Yeah, regardless of how little the trailer really showed-off, that final bit was pretty darn awesome.
Captain Marvel will be released on 8th March 2019.