Fans are gearing up to see Captain Marvel help to save the universe in Avengers: Endgame, which is why a massive amount of scrutiny has been placed on every promo for her solo film. But that may pay off, as a new TV spot suggests we'll see a little more Captain Marvel than we hoped for.
The 30-second spot introduces a high-fiving girl that may very well be Monica Rambeau, who in Marvel comics was the second superhero to bear the name Captain Marvel -- before even Carol Danvers.
We've known since at least September that Lashana Lynch plays Air Force pilot Maria Rambeau, one of Carol's oldest friends, and the mother of Monica. That suggests the little girl who gives Brie Larson's Carol a high-five in the commercial is none other than Monica, who in the comics goes on to lead the Avengers for a time.
In Marvel comics, Monica was police lieutenant with the ability to transform herself into any form of energy. She took the name Captain Marvel shortly after the death of the original, Mar-Vell, and was a mainstay of the Avengers for much of the 1980. She later adopted the identity of Photon, referenced in Captain Marvel as Maria's Air Force call sign, Pulsar and Spectrum.
Rambeau wasn't initially aware of the previous Captain Marvel when she took up the mantle; the name was given to her by the media, and she simply ran with it.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a script they wrote with Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as Mar-Vell, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos and Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau. The film arrives March 8.