The Captain Marvel Movie Trailer Gave Us So Much To Anticipate & Appreciate
If you’re anything like me, you’ve always had a tumultuous relationship with superhero movies. You’re not against them per se-you’ll tune in when a sibling has one on or go see it in the theater for a first date but you’re not a mega-fan. You don’t know all the details, all the villains, all the preceding storylines, and you definitely do not dress up for the premieres. You may have a few favorites, mine being Black Panther and The Incredibles, but ultimately it’s not your favorite genre.
For me, a big part of this dissonance has always come from the skewed representation of powerful female characters in these films. Growing up, a lot of the female characters in popular action and superhero stories were the wives, girlfriends, love interests, or sidekicks of the big, bad, universe-saving men. Now, there’s nothing wrong with these kinds of films (sometimes women are wives, girlfriends, love interests, and sidekicks), but it was never enough for me that women were solely relegated to these kinds of roles. You were not going to convince 10-year-old Brittani that women couldn’t fly through clouds, leap over buildings, run as fast as the wind, and conquer aliens too.
Fortunately, it seems as if Hollywood studios have taken note of this. In recent years, there has been a huge push towards balancing this scale. The Patty Jenkins’ helmed “Wonder Woman,” for example, did exceedingly well at the box-office and a sequel is slated to come out in 2019. Additionally, the Viola Davis led film “Widows”, DC Comics’ “Birds of Prey,” and a “Black Widow” solo film are all set to come down the pipeline in the next few years. For the first time in Hollywood history, we can confidently say that the future of superhero movies is female. One of the films leading this pack is “Captain Marvel.”
From the looks of this first-look trailer, “Captain Marvel”, portrayed by Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson, isn’t just up for saving the Avengers, she’s up for saving the world. In fact, according to Marvel Studios’ president Kevin Feige’s recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Captain Marvel is the most powerful character that the franchise has ever introduced. This power doesn’t just come from supernatural speed and strength, but from resilience and her determination to be the best she can be.
In an interview with Polygon, Marvel comic writer Kelly Sue Donnick stated that Captain Marvel “falls down all the time, but she always gets back up. We say that about Captain America as well, but Captain America gets back up because it’s the right thing to do. Carol gets back up because ‘Fuck you’.” Higher, further, faster, this tagline is more than just the film’s slogan. It’s a call to action for every single woman watching to continue harnessing her own Earth-shattering power every day.
The teaser trailer alone was powerful enough to send shockwaves across social media and had superhero film fans and foes alike in awe.
It also appears that the response to the Captain Marvel trailer is exactly what Marvel comic writer Kelly Sue Donnick worked for years towards as she recreated the character. She commented in an interview with Polygon that “Carol falls down all the time, but she always gets back up. We say that about Captain America as well, but Captain America gets back up because it’s the right thing to do. Carol gets back up because ‘Fuck you.”
Rounding out the principal female cast members are Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, and Annette Benning, and more!
Aside from the sudden surge of celebrities that took over my timeline, my favorite part about the trailer drop was the reaction from other young girls and women. Around the world, people tuned in to see a young, female superhero stand at the center of her own epic story. The Twitter reactions ranged from heartwarming:
Okay I legit teared up at the #CaptainMarvel trailer? I didn’t realise how much it would mean to me to FINALLY see a female lead in the MCU. Like I’ve been waiting for it for so long and watching the trailer it was like...oh. So THAT’S what it feels like. 😭— Jenna Guillaume (@JennaGuillaume) September 18, 2018
To outright inspiring:
Although I have spent the majority of my life with a superhero aversion, I’m confident that Larson and co won’t let us down!