Though Avengers: Endgame is the belle of the proverbial ball in terms of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Super Bowl trailers, a new Captain Marvel Super Bowl trailer came through as a dark horse for the franchise. Most Marvel fans are eager for the new Avengers installment due to the precipitous cliffhanger at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. But Captain Marvel will introduce a new prequel to the story about a month before the new Avengers movie drops.
Captain Marvel has already released two full trailers, a 90-second "special look," and a 60-second action sequence on YouTube heading into Super Bowl 53, according to TheWrap. But fans tuning into the game were hopeful that another sneak peek of the film would make its way into the host of new trailers slated to air during the Super Bowl.
There was some skepticism about whether Disney would advertise two Marvel Cinematic Universe movies in one game, especially when Avengers has fewer trailers out. But as TheWrap pointed out, both Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther aired Super Bowl trailers last year, so it was a distinct possibility we'd see fresh trailers for two films this year, too.
Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson, is set to be MCU's first female-led superhero movie in 20 films, and it delivered a short but sweet trailer during the first quarter of the Super Bowl.
Like the trailers that have come out before it, the Super Bowl spot features Captain Marvel kicking butt and showing up her male colleagues. She can also be seen zipping through the Earth's upper atmosphere and into space to demolish some alien spacecrafts, which looks to be one of the film's more exciting action sequences.
Set in the mid-1990s, Captain Marvel introduces us to Carol Danvers, an Air Force officer destined to take her place in the pantheon of Marvel superheroes. When two warring alien races begin sparring on Earth, Danvers finds herself stuck in the middle, and is eventually transformed into her superhero self, Captain Marvel.
Whenever a comic book legend gets a screen adaptation, fans are usually waiting in the wings to criticize whoever gets cast as their beloved character. But Larson seems prepared for that and enthusiastic to take on the role. In an interview with ScreenRant, she detailed the rigorous training regimen she adopted to take on the role, but Larson said her character was emotionally complex, too:
I think she has an ego, but in a healthy way. She doesn't have an unrealistic expectation of herself, she just owns that she's really good and really skilled. Which feels good to play. She also has an incredible sense of humor, makes fun of herself, makes fun of other people. Has no issue if someone makes fun of her. I will say that this character is probably the most dynamic character that I've ever played, there's the most range... I've had to go through every emotion possible with her."
Ultimately, she feels proud to be bringing a complicated female superhero to the screen, adding, "I wanna see myself, which is not a simple person. I surprise myself constantly by what's happening and what's coming up. So hopefully that's what comes out on screen."
Captain Marvel will be released on Mar. 8, and Larson is set to reprise the role in Avengers: Endgame, which hits theaters Apr. 26.