The long-awaited debut of the teaser trailer for Captain Marvel answered some questions, raised others, and presented fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with plenty of reasons to cheer -- from the introduction of Brie Larson as Carol Danvers to the the return of Agent Coulson to the big screen to the live-action debut of the shape-shifting Skrulls.
Arriving more than two years after Marvel Studios announced the casting of Larson as Captain Marvel, the nearly two-minute teaser sends Carol (literally) crashing back to Earth, and into the path of Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury, just as the planet is caught in the middle of an intergalactic war between two alien races.
Needless to say, a lot happens in this teaser. We unpack some of the best, and most revealing, moments.
Does Carol Even Have a Blockbuster Card?
The arrival of Brie Larson's Carol Danvers to Earth through the roof of a Blockbuster Video store isn't a callback to Bruce Banner's similar return in Avengers: Infinity War, or simply a fun bit of nostalgia that takes full advantage of Captain Marvel's 1990s setting. No, as we noted elsewhere, it's a clue to when in the 1990s the film is set.
So much for the fan theory that a line of dialogue in Captain America: Civil War pointed to the events of Captain Marvel unfolding in 1997.
Here Come the Men in Black
You may have to squint to make it out, but this is the first appearance in the trailer of a shape-shifting alien Skrull -- to say nothing of Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury, and someone we can probably assume is Clark Gregg's fan-favorite Phil Coulson. The two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are, of course, observing an alien autopsy (presumably unrelated to Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction, broadcast on Fox in 1995).
Although it's virtually impossible to tell when in Captain Marvel this scene takes place, the accompanying voiceover suggests Fury he may not have been aware of a "space invasion" until he crossed paths with "renegade soldier" Carol Danvers.
An Unlikely Duo
We already knew that encountering Carol Danvers is “a mind-changing, attitude-changing moment" that puts Nick Fury on a path to becoming director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and founder of the Avengers Initiative. However, in the voiceover, he reveals he was this close from making a decision that would have altered the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: "Truth be told, I was ready to hang it up, until I met you today."
“He [now] understands that there are these other things out there,” Jackson said in a recent interview. “He understands that they’re not all enemies, and we do need to find allies who have specific kinds of skills that humans don’t have. And trying to convince people above him is a difficult task because they haven’t seen it or experienced it.”