Captain Marvel Trailer Breakdown

A quick shot shows a ship approaching a planet. It looks like it could be Earth (it’s hard to tell with the way the sun is hitting the planet), though it could be the Kree planet of Hala, which is where Carol’s Starforce team operates.

Captain Marvel Trailer Breakdown

That’s likely where Carol is in this shot since the cityscape outside looks anything but Earthlike. Even the window has a futuristic, otherworldy feel to it. This is likely her waking up to a normal day before going off and doing her job.

Captain Marvel Trailer Breakdown

The voiceover switches to Brie Larson as Carol Danvers who says, “I keep having these memories. I see flashes. I think I had a life here.” It appears all of the scenes featuring Carol Danvers as an Air Force pilot will be flashbacks, and that’s how we’ll find out how she came to have her powers.

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“I think I had a life here,” Carol also says in voiceover. And we continues to see scenes from her younger years, including basic training for the Air Force, like climbing ropes on an obstacle course.

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Captain Marvel Trailer Breakdown

But perhaps the most intriguing part of this trailer comes from the uses of three separate, quick montages correlating imagery from flashbacks featuring a young Carol Danvers as a kid to other moments in her life at different ages. Here’s a taste of one of them where we see shots of her falling during a softball game juxtaposed with one of her falling as an Air Force pilot. That latter one might come into play later.

Captain Marvel Trailer Breakdown

In one of the weirder shots of the trailer, we get a close-up of Carol Danvers with electricity shooting into the temples of her head. And then…

Captain Marvel Trailer Breakdown

A wider shot reveals that she’s upside down in a ship somewhere. She’s wearing her green and black Starforce uniform, but the question is whether or not she was captured while she was on the job. If so, she’s clearly being restrained in a way to nullify her powers. Then again, this could be like some kind of training regimen for her where she’s controlling her powers or charging them up or something. However, I think one shot coming up in the trailer might be tied to this one.

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First, here’s the trademark slow-motion shot of the Starforce team strutting their stuff, complete with Brie Larson looking like a certified badass.

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The (possibly) only shot of Jude Law that we get in the entire trailer is this one. If you look carefully during the shot, there are brief, dull flashes of light that might be tied to the electricity we see holding Brie Larson in the shots above. That makes me think she’s definitely been captured and Jude Law’s Starforce commander character, who has yet to be named, will have to free her.

Captain Marvel Trailer Breakdown

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During the preceding shots, Carol ends her voiceover by saying, “But I can’t tell if it’s real.” She’s unsure where these flashes are coming from, which implies that she’s forgotten her life. Whether that’s due to the inception of her powers or someone else intentionally trying to suppress these memories, we’ll have to wait and see. But we get another juxtaposition of flashbacks showing similar imagery here with a young Carol driving a go-kart and an older Carol sitting in the cockpit of her jet.

Captain Marvel Trailer Breakdown

Meanwhile, this shot of her jet seems to have her flying close to the atmosphere of the planet, which is why it’s dark surrounding her and the sun looks like it does. We’re not sure what’s going on in this sequence, but that’s a great shot.

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