Captain Marvel Movie Preview

Jesse Hausknecht-Brown, Reporter

On September 18, 2018, Marvel Studios released the new “Captain Marvel” movie trailer, set to release on March 8, 2019. “Captain Marvel” presents a refreshing new look with a female lead for the first time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has many fans excited.

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“[I am excited for] a woman being the main role, not just kind of looking weak on the side,” Olivia Burke ‘21, who has been a Marvel fan since the second grade, said.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe, or MCU, has existed for over 10 years and it has yet to have a female superhero as the main character in a film. While there are many female roles, like Maria Hill or Black Widow, Captain Marvel will be the first female superhero to get her own movie.

“I still find myself kind of shocked that they still don’t have one,” Dr. Ayers, a Marvel comic and movie fan, said. “It’s been over 10 years in and this finally is happening.”

While the MCU has not had a female lead before, the DC Universe produced its first movie with a female lead, “Wonder Woman,” in June 2017. “Wonder Woman” achieved box office success when it came out but also made a few people wonder if Marvel Studios waited to see how well “Wonder Woman” would do before producing “Captain Marvel” over a year and a half later.

“The people at Marvel have talked about how [‘Wonder Woman’] pushed to them to make a Captain Marvel movie,” Madi Hellwig ‘21 said. “And that leaves us wondering, was the reason why ‘Captain Marvel’ was able to be made because of ‘Wonder Woman?’”

Another possibly worrying thing is that the characters Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel are very similar and the MCU doesn’t want to appear to be copying the DC Universe.

“I’m just a little bit worried that it might be too similar to ‘Wonder Woman,’” Hellwig said. “I hope that for Marvel[‘s] sake, it’s not criticized as being just like ‘Wonder Woman’ but with a different name.”

The movie, starring Brie Larson as Carol Danvers or Captain Marvel, is set to come out on March 8 of this year.

“I have four kids; two boys, two girls. I would like them to be able to see themselves represented,” Ayers said. “[They should] feel like they identify with somebody on the screen and that the women aren’t always relegated to helper roles or love interests.”

The movie will be set in the 90s, which is an exciting new take on a superhero movie and has never been seen before in the MCU.

“I’m excited to see stuff that we haven’t seen for a while,” Hellwig said. “Maybe we’ll see Peggy Carter in the 90s and stuff like that.”

The trailer shows Carol Danvers’ alias Captain Marvel struggle between two identities as she tries to remember a past life she had. It also hints as explanations about certain things because it takes place in the 90s. It is rumored that the movie will explain how Nick Fury loses his eye.

“One of the things that you saw in the trailer was like, ‘oh, there’s Sam Jackson, and he doesn’t have the eyepatch like he has [had] in every other single Marvel movie,’” Ayers said.

Backlash is inevitable, from people calling her a “fake” superhero to people wishing the MCU had given the lead role to a female superhero sooner.

“I’m just kind of worried about the men lashing back saying that she’s not a real superhero,” Burke said. “But, I mean, if it’s a super person then its a superhero.”

The movie comes out exactly a week from tomorrow and fans everywhere will be lining up to watch the amazing Captain Marvel on the big screen.