Carol Danvers, also known as Captain Marvel, first debuted in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2019 in her first homonymous movie, released less than two months before her return in ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ Following her introduction to the franchise, it was only a matter of time before she got her standalone sequel. Although it was initially announced as ‘Captain Marvel 2,’ the movie was later retitled to ‘The Marvels,’ setting up a crossover event in which Carol will team up with Monica Rambeau and Kamala Khan.
Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau debuted in the ‘WandaVision’ series on Disney+ in 2021, and Iman Vellani’s Kamala Khan, also known as Ms. Marvel, first appeared in the franchise in her standalone ‘Ms. Marvel’ series on Disney+ last year. Therefore, we can see that Marvel Studios is really counting on their fans to watch those streaming shows ahead of the new movies. It remains to be seen how much knowledge you need from those previous shows to fully understand this movie (a lot, we presume), but until the movie arrives, let’s break down the newest trailer, which was recently released. If you haven’t seen the trailer, you can do it here:
‘The Marvels’ Official Trailer Breakdown
After the Battle against Thanos, Carol Danvers resumed her space travels
The original ‘Captain Marvel’ is set in 1995, when Carol Danvers first got her cosmic powers when she absorbed the energy from the Tesseract. After she teamed up with Nick Fury and Maria Rambeau (Monica’s mother) to save the Skrulls from the Kree Empire, Carol leaves the Earth and hasn’t returned until 2023, when ‘Avengers: Endgame’ takes place.
However, apart from bringing Tony Stark back to Earth and arriving to help defeat Thanos, Carol spent most of the movie’s plot wandering around space, and from what we’ve seen in the newest trailer for ‘The Marvels,’ she’s still at it. One of the trailer’s first scenes features Carol on a spaceship and talking with Nick Fury on SABER. It’s unknown if this is happening before at after the events of ‘Secret Invasion,’ but if it’s after, that would mean Fury eventually returned to SABER after the events of the series.
Dar-Benn is responsible for the Marvels’ power entanglement
As the post-credit scene of ‘Ms. Marvel’ and the first trailer previously teased, one of the upcoming movie’s plot points will be the power entanglement which causes the members of the movie’s titular team automatically switch places when they try to use their powers. This newest trailer now showed that the entanglement actually Dar-Benn’s doing.
The movie’s main villain, who Zawe Ashton plays, is seen with a bangle that is very similar to one Kamala Khan has. She used the bangle and her hammer of the Accusers to create some sort of cosmic energy. It’s hard to explain from this one shot the trailer provided, but it can be seen that she somehow entangled the light-based powers each Carol, Kamala, and Monica have.
Dar-Benn in ‘The Marvels’ is depicted as a gender-swapped version of the Kree general of the same name from the source material. From what the first two trailers showed, Dar-Benn in the movie is one of the Accusers, which can create some connection between her and Ronan the Accuser, who briefly appeared in ‘Captain Marvel’ before he was chronologically defeated by the Guardians of the Galaxy nineteen years later.
We still don’t know what’s Dar-Benn’s ultimate objective, but we can hear in the trailer she accuses (pun not intended) Carol of “taking everything from her,” and we can hear Carol saying that Dar-Benn “is targeting every planet we call home.”
The second trailer provided more looks at the action sequences
One thing we can agree about the first ‘Captain Marvel’ is that the movie solely served to introduce the titular character into the franchise before her appearance in ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ However, Captain Marvel is now a well-established MCU character and one of the most powerful beings in the universe, which can lead her to a much bigger sequel.
The second trailer is 2 minutes and 20 seconds long. While it provided some additional information about the main villain, most of the trailer was filled with shots of action sequences, and some of them look impressive. The trailer also provided additional looks at Flerkens and other Accusers. If only one Flerken managed to steal the show in the first movie, imagine what a dozen of them can do.
We also got the extended shot of the final confrontation between the titular trio and Dar-Benn, and that idea of using power entanglement as assistance during the battle promises to give us something new into MCU’s third acts. We can’t wait to see how that is directed, and we do no doubt that the titular trio will share great chemistry throughout the movie.
The original ‘Captain Marvel’ movie grossed over $1 billion. Since only one MCU movie joined a billion-dollar club in the current Multiverse Saga, it’s hard to expect the sequel to outgross the original, but that doesn’t mean critics and fans won’t receive it better.
‘The Marvels’ is starring Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, Iman Vellani, Zawe Ashton, Park Seo-joon, and Samuel L. Jackson. The movie is directed by Nia DaCosta, who wrote the screenplay with Megan McDonnell and Elissa Karasik. ‘The Marvels’ is set to drop in theaters on November 10, 2023.
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