May 18, 2024

The Carol Danvers Origin Story in Captain Marvel Isn’t Like Ones We’re Used To

Marvel dropped the first trailer for the Captain Marvel movie, so it’s time to get serious, people. Ever since the new movie stills and behind-the-scenes set photos were revealed, we’ve been eager to learn more about the hero who might just undo that deeply traumatizing ending from Avengers: Infinity War.

We know a bit about the woman in the costume, but we could learn more about what Marvel’s first female-led superhero project is about.

In the comics, Carol Danvers is a former Air Force pilot and intelligence agent who begins working as a NASA security officer. Her adventure begins when she starts investigating various attempts by the Kree and Skrulls (two different alien races) to disrupt America’s space program.

Carol gets her abilities from the explosion of the Psyche-Magnitron, a Kree device that rewrites her DNA to make her a human/Kree hybrid with abilities similar to the original Captain Marvel, Mar-Vell (played by Jude Law in the film). Carol adopts the moniker Captain Marvel and fights alongside Mar-Vell and goes on to join the Avengers.

Marvel Studios' CAPTAIN MARVEL. . Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). . Photo: Chuck Zlotnick. . ©Marvel Studios 2019

From what we’ve seen of the trailer, Marvel Studios is taking a different approach to exploring Carol’s origins. In an interview with CinemaBlend, producer Nate Moore explained that they wanted to break away from the traditional structure of origin stories to give audiences a new experience. “I think there is a structure to origin films that audiences sometimes can get ahead of very quickly,” he noted. “We want to find ways to subvert that structure, so at least the experience of the film feels new to audiences. We’re very conscious of making sure that audiences don’t get things that feel like they’ve seen them before. ”

Marvel Studios' CAPTAIN MARVEL. . Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). . Photo: Chuck Zlotnick. . ©Marvel Studios 2019

So, in the theme of changing things up, the Carol we meet in Captain Marvel will already be powered up. Instead of focusing on how she obtains her abilities, the film will begin with Carol as part of Starforce, an elite Kree military team, with no memory of her life on Earth. She is comfortable with her powers and knows how to wield them, so she’s definitely ready to kick ass from the first minute. As the trailer highlights, Carol returns home to Earth and runs into a young Nick Fury. She’s obviously searching for answers about her missing past, but we’re still not sure if she came to Earth to find them or if she has an ulterior motive.

We do know that, as usual, Earth is in the middle of intergalactic trouble. In the comics, it’s because the Kree and Skrulls are battling for control over the green planet. If the same applies to Captain Marvel, then Carol might be back on Earth on behalf of the Krees. Which makes her visit not so innocent, since her people are trying to invade and all.

Whether or not Carol is on a mission to keep Skrulls from controlling Earth on behalf of the Kree, what is important is that while on Earth, she starts remembering her past. Which means the movie will find her discovering who she is and lead to her wanting to protect her true home from both the Kree and Skrulls. And then figure out a way to save everyone in the future after getting that call from her buddy Nick Fury. No pressure!

Captain Marvel will hit theaters on March 8, 2019, so keep watch on all our Marvel coverage as we keep diving deep into all there is to know about Marvel’s newest superhero.

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