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Four things in Captain Marvel trailer that got Marvel Comics fans talking

It’s hard not to notice how sullen Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) appears, and her costume looks as if it belongs to DC Comics’ Green Lantern

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 September, 2018, 4:56pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 September, 2018, 5:04pm

Given the buzz surrounding the much anticipated new entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) next year, the latest trailer for Captain Marvel is bound to get a lot of attention. Other than a brief scene in which the eponymous superhero punches a pensioner in the face (the old dear could be an alien in disguise, right?), here are four other things in the trailer (and poster) that have set hard core Marvel Comics fans’ tongues wagging.

1. What’s with the sullen look?

OK, Captain Marvel is only one of the various iterations of Ms Marvel (or Carol Danvers when she is not suited up) but to those familiar with her comic book persona, she is not an aggressive-looking superhero. On the pages she is a sexy, vivacious blonde who is witty, yet strong and resolute. It doesn’t mean there is no dark side to her character (Carol is an alcoholic); it’s just that Ms Marvel keeps things pretty close to her heart.

2. That green costume

Many fans were shocked by the trailer’s depiction of Captain Marvel in a green outfit that looks better suited for a Green Lantern in rival DC’s comic universe. Captain Marvel is associated with her red, gold and blue suit (and, for Ms Marvel, a red-and-black one-piece, with a big yellow lightning-bolt motif across the chest, and a red sash around the waist). If you watch the two-minute trailer until the end, you will see that Captain Marvel’s outfit is indeed closer to what she wears in the comic books.

3. Ms Marvel flies!

As portrayed in the popular video game Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (both 1 and 2) and in comics, Ms Marvel doesn’t walk, but hovers over the ground, given her ability to fly. Yet in the trailer, as Captain Marvel, she falls from the sky and flies only in a fighter jet.

4. Higher, Further, Faster

This promotional blurb is the title of Captain Marvel Volume 1(2014), in which Ms Marvel takes the mantle of Captain Marvel. But if we’re going to nitpick, shouldn’t it be Farther? “Higher” and “Faster” are both degrees of physical measure, but “Further” denotes the metaphorical or figurative. And if she’s currently quite far from Earth, she’ll have to travel quite a long way – in other words, she needs to go farther, not further. Perhaps there's a deeper meaning to this; after all, the “original” Captain Marvel is a male alien warrior from the Kree empire, also known as Mar-Vell, who is played by British actor Jude Law in the upcoming movie.