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This isn’t the exact shot in the trailer of the Skrulls on the shore of a beach, but we used this shot from Entertainment Weekly’s spread of first look images because it’s the exact same scene. This is like the first time the Skrulls arrive on Earth. But how and why they got there is a question that still needs to be answered.

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Easily the most confusing sequence is this one of Carol Danvers menacingly confronting what appears to be a sweet old lady. Why does Carol look so grumpy and serious?

Captain Marvel Trailer Breakdown

Look at that sweet old lady. Why is Carol so mad at her? Did she take her seat?

Captain Marvel Trailer Breakdown

OH SHIT! Whatever that old lady did, Carol is pissed and punches her glasses clean off her face. Obviously that’s not just a sweet old lady, but likely a Skrull that’s trying to hide from Carol. She can apparently tell when they’re trying to hide who they are. This appears to be on a bus or train. Maybe it’s on the train she leaps on earlier in the trailer…or maybe it’s the bus we see in the car chase.

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Another big explosion goes off, but this one clearly isn’t on Earth. Wherever this is, that planet looks murky and totally abandoned. A bridge is being blown up here. If you look on the left, there are some energy blasts fired at the explosion, so whatever was there was clearly targeted to be blown up.

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The shot quickly fades into this one of Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace, reprising his role from Guardians of the Galaxy) as he looks out the windows of a ship and appears to be staring down at Earth. Could Ronan’s radical ideas include a Kree invasion of Earth? Or maybe he learns that the Skrull leader Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) is on the planet and thinks they should take this opportunity to kill him.

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Speaking of reprising roles, Clark Gregg is back in the MCU as Agent Coulson, before his untimely death and eventual resurrection. But he’s been digitally de-aged a bit, just like Samuel L. Jackson. He dramatically removes his glasses and has a very ’90s haircut. Where has he arrived at this time? It looks like a parking lot, so maybe he’s here to investigate the fact that Carol Danvers fell out of the sky and into a Blockbuster Video.

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Meanwhile, a young Samuel L. Jackson is using the ’90s technology of a beeper to tell someone that he’s “with target.” Who is the target? Is it Carol Danvers? Is it someone else? Could Nick Fury be a Skrull? Someone has to be, right?

Any Captain Marvel fans who were hoping to see the superhero’s signature mohawk in play…well, it looks like this might be as close as we get. Starforce is swimming underwater, and it appears as if the helmet that Carol Danvers wears pushes her hair up into a thick mohawk. It also functions as a way for her to breathe underwater too, which is pretty cool.

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Remember that shot of Carol Danvers falling to the dirt in her Air Force uniform? I think there’s a good chance this shot precedes it, but the effects in the other shot haven’t been applied yet. The beginning of this shot takes place next to what appears to be a crashed jet, and this explosion resembles the same kind of energy that Captain Marvel blasts out of her hands earlier in the trailer. This might be the scene where Carol is endowed with her superpowers, and maybe it’s this blast that makes her forget everything.

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Here’s another cool shot of Brie Larson in her full Starforce uniform, including that helmet that gives her a mohawk and glowing eyes. She’s holding on tight to a bar as some force of energy pushes her back.

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Throughout these shots, Nick Fury’s voiceover returns. He says, “We have no idea what threats are out there. We can’t do this alone.” We get another one of those quick montages featuring shots of Carol Danvers rising up from the ground throughout her life. This will likely be something that happens throughout the movie and creates parallels between the various formative years of her life. However, there might be some kind of reveal that we’re not expecting since she says, “I’m not what you think I am.”

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Then there’s this shot of Captain Marvel clenching her fists. You might notice that’s a red glove on her hand, and the suit next to it is clearly blue as well. She’s got on her signature Captain Marvel suit, and we’re pretty sure this from that scene where she’s standing in the middle of the desert, which was shown off in the first look photos that arrived not too long ago.

Even more intriguing is that blurry figure in the background, which is more than likely Jude Law. Marvel is doing a lot to keep that character’s identity under wraps. Maybe he’s a secret villain?

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And here it is: Brie Larson in the full red, blue and gold Captain Marvel suit with a glowing energy all around her. If Captain Marvel really is the most powerful superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I can’t wait to see her in action.

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That’s all for our Captain Marvel trailer breakdown. Did you notice anything else we didn’t? There was already a cat spotted hiding in the Captain Marvel poster, but we couldn’t spot the feline in the trailer. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other details hiding in plain sight. For now, this is a fine tease for Captain Marvel, but it likely still has a lot to prove to general audiences to get them interested in a totally new superhero. The Marvel Studios name should do a lot of the heavy lifting, but since this is their first female-led superhero movie, it has a lot to live up to after the success of Wonder Woman.

Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 9, 2019.

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