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The Captain Marvel Trailer Shows a Key Change to the Character's Origin Story

Marvel made the right choice here.
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After a long, long wait since the last Marvel movie (two months!), the first trailer for Captain Marvel finally crashed into a Blockbuster today. And it looks good! Given the momentum Marvel has right now, it's safe to assume this will be another great entry into this increasingly solid cinematic universe.

While the trailer revealed all the juicy '90s nostalgia (the aforementioned Blockbuster, aviators, etc.), a young Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and the grandma punching—the most surprising thing was the important change to the character's origin story.

Like most comic book stories, the Captain Marvel history is a convoluted mess. The TL;DR version of it: Carol Danvers was an ace Air Force pilot who accidentally fell into a device that turned her half-Kree—giving her superhuman powers—and became Ms. Marvel. As Ms. Marvel, she'd have blackouts and do some crime fighting, but eventually she had her brain fixed and was later given the name Captain Marvel by her dying mentor Mar-Vell (eye roll). There's a lot more to this—including a long military career that ends in failure, hiding away in space as Binary, losing her powers, getting her mind erased—but it's not even worth going into here.

Now, some of these elements appear to be in the trailer. We see Danvers strapped to some sort of device (possibly what gives her powers). And she does seem to be having trouble with her memory. There are flashbacks to her time in the Air Force, and scenes with Jude Law (who plays the Mar-Vell mentor character in the film). However, it appears that Marvel has streamlined this origin story (thank god) for the film.


“It’s hard to explain—I keep having these memories, I see flashes,” she explains in the trailer. “I think I had a life here, but I can’t tell if it’s real.”

Based on the information from this trailer, it looks like Captain Marvel will start this storyline with Danvers landing on Earth, discovering her powers, and figuring out what happened to her—along with rediscovering her human childhood.

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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