'Captain Marvel' Trailer Easter Eggs: 12 Secrets or Questions We Spotted
Our first look at Captain Marvelin action proved hugely exciting, but it also presented fans with plenty of questions about what we can expect in the last MCU film before Avengers 4.
The Captain Marvel trailer debuted Tuesday morning on Good Morning America, presented by lead actress Brie Larson in a brief segment.
Here are 12 things we noticed in the Captain Marvel trailer, along with explanations about what they (might) mean for the film:
12. Is that Blockbuster Video a time stamp?
When the trailer opens, an explosion in the sky sends Carol Danvers crashing through the roof of a Blockbuster Video. The signage and decor all look very new, and considering the company rebranded by 1996 to omit “Video” from its official logo, it’s probable that at least this sequence takes place in the early ‘90s rather than later in the decade.
11. “I know a renegade soldier when I see one.”
One of the more startling pieces of voiceover dialogue from Samuel L. Jackson refers to Danvers as a “renegade soldier.” That might sound pretty badass, but if he’s speaking literally, that means Carol has changed sides and gone from supporting one organization to another. Does that mean she betrays Starforce, or recognize that they might have evil intentions and turn on them? One way or another, Danvers is apparently some kind of turncoat in Captain Marvel.
10. Some of the action definitely takes place in or near Los Angeles
Most of Captain Marvel’s production was on the west coast, and there’s one shot of Danvers leaping onto a moving train that clearly says “Los Angeles” on it. So at least a portion of the story will take place in that area.
9. Captain Marvel uses her photonic blasts
One of Captain Marvel’s signature powers is that she can absorb just about any form of energy and then redirect that outward from her hands and fingertips in the form of photonic energy blasts. In Avengers Vol 3 5, they’re described as “powerful concussion blasts of photon and stellar light energy.” So it’s more or less like blasting the firepower of a star at somebody.
8. Carol isn’t sure her human memories are real
When Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury remarks that Carol doesn’t seem like she’s from “around here,” she says that it’s “hard to explain.” But it gets even more complicated when she says, “I keep having these memories. I see flashes. I think I had a life here, but I can’t tell if it’s real.” This trailer wants us to wonder if Carol was ever really human. But an official post from Marvel’s blog says, “Carol leaves her earthly past behind to join Starforce.” So what gives?
7. That alien planet she wakes up on must be Hala
Everything we know about Starforce, the “SEAL Team Six of space”, indicates that the team’s base of operations is on the Kree planet of Hala. That’s probably where Carol wakes up in one shot.
6. Danvers underwent some kind of mental manipulation or torture
Right when Brie Larson’s voiceover says that she can’t tell what’s real, we’re treated to a shot of Danvers locked up in some kind of alien device with lasers beaming into her skull. Is this some kind of memory manipulation? It’s starting to seem like some accident gave her powers, and then she was recruited to Starforce and had her earthly memories wiped.
5. Carol punches an old lady that’s probably a shapeshifting Skrull
Perhaps the trailer’s most shocking moment happens when Carol Danvers punches a smiling old woman right in the face aboard a train. We can assume with almost 100 percent certainty that this person is actually one of the shapeshifting aliens knowns as the Skrulls.
4. Is Ronan the accuser working with the Skrulls?
In the above shot from the trailer, we see Ronan the Accuser — the big bad of Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 1 — overlooking a planet below. That might not actually be Earth, but it does look like it. So that could mean Ronan either brings a Kree ship to Earth to fight the Skrulls or that he’s working with them.
3. Captain Marvel wears the badass faux hawk helmet
Earlier this summer, Samuel L. Jackson wore a t-shirt designed by the Captain Marvel visual effects crew that featured Danvers wearing her signature helmet from the comics, the one that forces her hair into a faux hawk. And this sequence from the trailer only confirms that Captain Marvel will indeed wear such a helmet for at least part of the film.
2. Could this be a memory of when Carol got her powers?
Carol Danvers is wearing her Air Force uniform in the above sequence that looks like it’s dousing her in some kind of cosmic energy. We have no idea how she gets her powers in the movie, but this will almost definitely be some kind of memory or flashback during Captain Marvel.
1. Captain Marvel makes her full superhero debut
The final shot of the trailer shows Carol Danvers in her blue-and-red Captain Marvel costume powering up to her full potential. She probably gets this costume makeover after teaming up with Agents Fury and Clarkson and suiting up for the big finale.
Captain Marvel will be released in theaters on March 8, 2019.
Here’s the Avengers: Infinity War mid-credits scene, which originally teased Captain Marvel’s debut: