– by Nick Doll

Don’t worry Avengers, Captain Marvel is coming.

Though it failed to break the internet (note to Brie Larson: only a trailer would have done that, you misleading, Oscar-winning actress), this week EW released the first pictures and official details surrounding Marvel Studios’ next release, Captain Marvel. And boy, am I impressed!

My number one fear every time Marvel Studios releases a new film is that it will be the first Marvel film in years that isn’t fantastic. One that’s not “up to par” with the studios’ stellar track record —  one only matched by Pixar, which is no longer bulletproof.

Though even a trailer cannot fully attest to a film’s quality, these first photos from EW certainly start off Captain Marvel‘s unveiling/marketing on a positive note.  We can finally take in the amazing costumes including Brie Larson fully realized as Captain Marvel, the return of Ronan (Lee Pace) and Korath (Djimon Hounsou), an incredibly rendered young Nick Fury that actually looks like ‘90s Samuel L. Jackson, and our first look at the MCU’s version of the classic alien race the Skrulls, led by Ben Mendelsohn as Talos.

Though we cannot post the images here, I will be discussing each one, with a link to check out the photo on EW, of course. (Hint: the Title is the Link!)

Now let us marvel at our first look at Captain Marvel… and pray to Thor that the film lives up to the title.

Brie Larson As Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel… In Iconic Costume!

I’m so sorry I can’t show you the actual photo (because, legal reasons)! But click the title above to have it pop up for reference.

We’ve already seen a set photo months ago with Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Larson) in her green uniform, that does look quite the same as the new uniform, with her classic color scheme now applied. It’s the costume from the comic, fully realized in a realistic and bad-ass fashion.

Not only is it incredibly true to the comic, even though the suit’s origin is likely alien, it does share quite a few qualities with Captain America’s current costume as far as design. I’ve already assumed Captain Marvel will either lead the Avengers or some sort of cosmic team, as Alpha Flight is now in the comics, going forward without Chris Evans as Captain America and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man.

Captain Marvel’s Starforce Reports Back To Ronan?

The EW article revealed that we’re not seeing a traditional origin story with Captain Marvel, as when the film begins, she is already part of an elite military team Starforce – “the SEAL Team Six of space” – including team members Korath (Ronan’s lacky in Guardians of the Galaxy) and Minn-Erva (Gemma Chan). This shot is from the Kree planet of Hala and Ronan is alive and well, this being the 1990s, decades before his death in 2014 at the hands of the Guardians of the Galaxy. No, he isn’t necessarily as bad a guy as that film, but we will address that later.

Besides, Ronan isn’t the only figure Carol and her team are reporting to, as we also see the back of Jude Law as Mar-Vell, commander of Starforce.

Yes, this article paints Jude Law’s character as a mysterious mentor. But I’m pretty sure those of us paying attention at home remember something being mentioned about Mar-Vell when he was cast.

I’d hazard to guess that this scene perhaps happens after we open with an action sequence featuring Captain Marvel leading the Starforce.

The green uniforms are back from the first set photo – Carol’s (is she a Captain yet?) official Starforce uniform — with Carol likely switching to the classic comics duds when she later becomes her own woman on Earth. Or… she may get blasted with a very color specific rainbow gun. Which is highly unlikely.

Ronan and Mar-Vell

Though they are being directed, these two do not look happy. Yet, in the ‘90s, instead of being an outcast with extremist views as in Guardians, Ronan is still a high-ranking member of Kree Society. The Kree aren’t necessarily bad either, especially in the context of the Kree-Skrull war we may see a glimpse of.

It’s always a win when you can get Lee Pace into a film. Need I say more?

Captain Marvel and Mar-Vell Train?

So, Jude Law and Brie Larson are out of their green Starforce duds, and look to be in some sort of training uniform? Maybe not, maybe it’s just what they were when not doing intergalactic battle. The lighting of this shot for some reason reminds me of the scenes of Hope Van Dyne training Scott Lang in Ant-Man more than anything, which may be the only reason it feels like a training scene.

Either way, Law is playing a mentor to Carol, while also seeing her as a pet project. Law said his character is trying to teach Carol to harness the full control of her powers while handling her emotions, so maybe it is a training scene!

I’m loving the relationship between Carol and Mar-Vell already. Though, without knowing a ton about the comic, most of these shots of Jude Law have me suspicious of his character already. He’s looking pretty angry most the time…

The Skrulls!

Just as Storm Troopers took the beach by storm in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (on the posters and in the teaser trailer, at least), here we have the Skrulls washing up on shore. What, did your ship crash into the ocean there, Talos?

The Skrulls are of course just as crucial to the comics as the Kree we have been seeing since Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014. Not only has the war between the two races always loomed large in the comics, but in Secret Invasion, where it is revealed shape-shifting Skrulls were posing as some Avengers, is an iconic comic event. Will it be done here? Not likely, unless we watch Fury die and later he appears in Iron Man as a Skrull going forward. Or Coulson. I also doubt the Skrulls will pay off in Avengers 4, as that would be a mess of a film, but perhaps Phase 4 contains some version of Secret Invasion? That could be a pretty safe bet.

And yes, though he is unrecognizable, villain actor extraordinaire Ben Mendelsohn is the Skrull up front, their leader, Talos.

Unless I’m mistaken, these Skrulls look to be practical makeup. I like the look overall, though they look a bit like Orcs. Perhaps a bit more streamlined than the Skrulls in the comics, who I also felt shared a chin origin with Thanos, I can dig it. (Fun Fact: In one universe in the comics, Thanos is half Skrull and half Enternal, so some artist saw it too!)

Talos Can Shape-Shift!

Not all Skrulls can shape-shift in the comics. Most can, but a Skrull by the name of “Talos The Tamed” cannot.  But, it looks like MCU Talos can! In this shot, we see Ben Mendelsohn looking like himself; so a Skrull in human form. This is fantastic. I worried we wouldn’t get Mendelsohn’s full range of emotion and acting if he was stuck in all that makeup.

EW reports his character goes undercover as a human working with within S.H.I.E.L.D. Does this somehow make him a part of the Hydra conspiracy that has been within S.H.I.E.L.D. since its inception? Or is taking him down what gets Nick Fury promoted to commander of S.H.I.E.L.D?

Or, maybe Talos can’t shape-shift. And this is all a ruse!

Carol Is A ‘90s Girl In a ‘90s World

That’s so ‘90s. A Nine Inch Nails shirt? That Rachel haircut? I’m ready for some serious ‘90s nostalgia here, folks!

Young Nick Fury

Daaaaaaamn! That looks like a shot from an old Samuel L. Jackson film, not some de-aged, animated freak. The technology is amazing here. Just click the link and look at that glorious picture! Let’s hope it looks as good in motion, otherwise this film may be in trouble. And guess what else? No eye patch, though I bet we see him lose that eye. The Skrulls are gonna’ get that eye.

If this tech looks as good in motion as in the official still, I don’t see why we can’t de-age more actors. Let’s not get carried away, but a movie about middle-aged Luke training his Jedi Academy to give more depth to The Last Jedi is now possible. Indiana Jones with young Ford? Again, it’s possible. Let’s wait and see young Nick Fury in motion before we make any big decisions, Disney.

And… that’s all folks! There’s not much to talk about in the last two pictures, save for seeing Larson as Carol when she was an accomplished Air Force pilot, along with Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau, Carol’s oldest friend. You can take a look, but neither photo is as cool as everything else you could have clicked on. Apologies again that we cannot share said photos here. Such is life.

Don’t forget to share this post on your Facebook wall and with your Twitter followers! Just hit the buttons on the top of this page.