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First Look at Brie Larson as Captain Marvel Aims to Break the Internet

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brian-mcgee - September 5, 2018

We've been waiting months for some sort of first official look or word of any sort to come out about the upcoming 21st MCU film—and first one headlined by a female superhero—Captain Marvel. Well, it looks like the wait is over, in one regard anyway. Last night, the following totally impromptu, not at all scripted exchange between the film's star Brie Larson and Entertainment Weekly took place on Twitter...

Now, if you were hoping for a trailer, you're going to be sorely disappointed. The good news, however, is that the publication brings us our first look at Larson in costume as the title character...

Yeah, she looks pretty great, and this is our first official look at the character, but it's kind of disappointing when you think about the fact that they could've released the first trailer today. I mean, I get it, this is big news in this day and age, but it would've been a lot bigger if they'd gone the trailer route.

Rumor has it we'll get that first trailer for the March release sometime this month. I guess we've still got six months to go, making a trailer seem like a big ask at this point in time. The article on Entertainment Weekly has some interesting tidbits, though, like this one...

Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel sidesteps the traditional origin-story template, and when it begins, Carol already has her powers. She’s left her earthly life behind to join an elite Kree military team called Starforce, led by Jude Law’s enigmatic commander.

But before long, Carol finds herself back on Earth with new questions about her past. And she’s got a formidable enemy in the form of the Skrulls — the notorious Marvel baddies made all the more dangerous by their shape-shifting abilities. Ben Mendelsohn plays their leader Talos, who spearheads a Skrull invasion of Earth.

Speaking of Earth, Captain Marvel takes place in the mid-’90s, long before Steve Rogers was defrosted or Tony Stark built his first suit. That allows the film to introduce younger version of familiar Marvel faces — like Jackson’s Nick Fury, who’s still a two-eyed S.H.I.E.L.D. desk jockey — as well as let Carol carve out her own, unique space in the MCU.

Interesting stuff, for sure. Glad we're doing away with the origin nonsense that's bogged down the last few first outings for a number of superheroes. Captain Marvel opens in theaters everywhere on March 8.

UPDATE: Check out some stills from the film below, including newcomers like my boo Ben Mendelsohn as Skrull leader Talos the Untamed—or Tame, depending upon their usage of him, Crazy Rich Asians star Gemma Chan as Minerva, and Jude Law as Mar-Vell. Also returning favorites like a youthinized Sam Jackson as two eyed Nick Fury, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, and Djimon Honsou as that guy from Guardians of the Galaxy.

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