Nearly three months ahead of the film's theatrical release, Marvel Studios has debuted the second, action-packed trailer for Captain Marvel. Providing the most extensive look at the movie yet, the new trailer provides more insight into Carol Danvers while hinting that her past is tied to the interstellar conflict Earth has been drawn into.
The two-minute trailer largely revolves around an ongoing conversation between Brie Larson's Captain Marvel and Samuel L. Jackson's younger Nick Fury. Interspersed throughout are scenes of Carol Danvers as a space-faring member of Starforce as well as her past as an Air Force pilot, mixing sequences on Earth with bombastic space action while teasing a war of epic proportions.
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Here are some of the big moments and takeaways from the second trailer:
The trailer immediately revisits the infamous scene from the teaser of Carol slugging a seemingly kindly, old woman on board a rail car. However, the scene than continues as the woman is unfazed by the super-powered haymaker and retaliates with a devastating attack of her own after emitting an inhuman growl.
"So Skrulls are the bad guys? And you're a Kree, a race of noble warriors?" begins Fury, providing an introduction of sorts to the film's two warring factions of extraterrestrials and confirming that the old woman is, in fact, a Skrull in disguise.
"Heroes," Carol clarifies before breaking into a smile. "Noble warrior heroes."
ANNETTE BENING REVEALED
After the Marvel Studios logo is displayed, the action cuts to a desert crash site, where Carol seen in her flight suit, barely conscious. As a visibly dazed Carol attempts to recover, electric blue energy is seen emanating off her as she is approached by what appears to be a Kree warrior.
"We found you with no memory," explains Annette Bening's mysterious Kree figure in her first official appearance in the film's marketing. "We made you one of us."
Later sequences showing Carol being flung from what appears to be her aircraft in a blue explosion, perhaps her latent Kree physiology kicking in to protect her from danger.
As the first look at Bening on what appears to be the Kree homeworld of Hala continues, Carol is shown receiving what looks like a Kree blood transfusion, along with additional augmentation of her abilities to superhuman levels.
"You could live longer, stronger, superior," Bening's character continues over footage of Carol using her new powers while outfitted as a member of Starforce. "You were reborn."
The revelation that the genetic experimentation has increased Carol's lifespan most likely explains why the character will appear the same physical age in Avengers 4 as she does in her own, 1990s-set film.
As Carol has flashbacks to her past as a child and as an Air Force pilot, viewers get another look at Lashana Lynch as Carol's wingman, Maria Rambeau. As the two pilots exchange a friendly "hang loose" sign as they climb into their respective cockpits, Maria's call sign is displayed on her aircraft as "Photon."
That's a reference to the eventual superhero persona of Maria's daughter, Monica. The second character in the comic books to take on the name Captain Marvel after Mar-Vell, Monica Rambeau developed light-based powers after being exposed directly to extra-dimensional energies. Introduced in 1982 by writer Roger Stern and artist John Romita Jr., the character has gone by a variety of code names, including Photon, Binary and Spectrum, while serving with the Avengers.