5 Captain Marvel plot details we learned from the movie’s first images


Things are finally moving forward with Captain Marvel, and the latest stills from the movie have a lot to tell us. Here are the biggest plot details that we’ve learned so far.

Now that Entertainment Weekly’s got the ball rolling for Captain Marvel, there’s a lot to be learned as more is revealed about the movie. After building up lots of hype Tuesday night about such a big reveal, EW showed off its latest cover featuring Captain Marvel, and gave a few details about the plot from the cast and director.

Along with the first reveal, EW also put out a set of first-look images from the movie that are loaded with plot details for the movie. Here are just a few of the big takeaways we learned from the new photos.

Carol Danvers already has her powers

Marvel is learning that new superheroes don’t necessarily need a backstory. We’ve seen this in the infancy of the genre’s popularity with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, and even the early Spider-Man movies. But good storytelling doesn’t always have to happen at the very beginning. EW explains briefly:

"[Carol Danvers has] left her earthly life behind to join the elite military team Starforce on the Kree planet of Hala. Its members include Carol, Korath (Djimon Hounsou, returning from Guardians of the Galaxy), and Minn-Erva (Crazy Rich Asians’ Gemma Chan)."

We’ll also get to see Jude Law play her galactic mentor, Mar-Vell, as the commander of Starforce who admires Carol for her ability to handle her gained Kree powers. Obviously, there will have to be a bit of exposition at some point to set up the histories of both Law’s character and Larson’s, but we’re guessing Marvel knows how to handle that pretty well at this point.

Ronan’s not that bad of a guy (for now)

Lee Pace might get a redemption in Captain Marvel in his reprisal of the role of Ronan the Accuser. First appearing in 2014’s Guardian’s of the Galaxy, Ronan was little more than a minor inconvenience to the Guardians and didn’t really make a name for himself as a top Marvel villain.

This time, Ronan won’t necessarily be the movie’s main antagonist. In Captain Marvel, “he’s still a high-ranking member of Kree society.” So perhaps we’ll get a chance to see how Ronan goes from being honored to feared in this new take on the character.

Nick Fury’s low on the SHIELD foodchain

Ever since we saw Nick Fury appear at the end of Iron Man, we always knew he was a man to be reckoned with. Except, it hasn’t always been that way. In Captain Marvel, Fury isn’t the director of SHIELD, but he’s a low level “desk jockey” probably busting his hump 9 to 5 each day.

According to EW, he hasn’t even seen a superhero yet. His encounter with Carol Danvers might be his big break to make it past the desks and getting into all the action. But if Fury is at such a low level in the ’90s… does that make Phil Coulson an intern?

The Skrulls can shapeshift, and that’s terrifying

Type-cast villain guy Ben Mendelsohn is unsurprisingly going to be a villain in this movie as Talos, leader of Skrulls. As terrifying as the Doctor Who-like alien makeup on them looks, this isn’t the scariest part of the Skrulls: they can shapeshift. We hypothesized they could do this based on comic book lore and set photos before, but now we know it’s real. Two of the first-look photos show Talos: one in his Doctor Who alien makeup, and one looking like everyday Ben Mendelsohn.

With that info in mind, this makes us wonder if the Skrulls have secretly integrated themselves on Earth, passing as normal human beings. This is like the Hydra-SHIELD infiltration, but worse. Unless all of the bad Skrulls get defeated by the end of Captain Marvel, we won’t put it past Marvel to secretly plant a few Skrulls in the present-day MCU.

Captain Marvel will definitely wear two suits

Let the confusion about Captain Marvel’s suit be put to rest. About a week ago, we guessed that Captain Marvel would wear two suits in the movie based on recently revealed merch. Now we know for sure that she’ll be sporting two costumes in the movie. One of those will be her Kree military uniform that’s green. The other will be the classic red and blue uniform that she’s recognized for, which she’ll likely sport later in the movie. It isn’t revealed yet as to why she’ll be wearing different suits, but we’ll know in good time.

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Entertainment Weekly will be rolling out a lot more information about Captain Marvel this week. And keeping on trend, according to MCU Cosmic, we might just get that Captain Marvel trailer within the next week or two.