On Tuesday, Marvel Studios released the first full-length trailer for Captain Marvel, the next entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Starring as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel is Academy Award-winning actor Brie Larson. Since Marvel Studios announced that Larson would step into the role, there’s been quite a bit of hype and curiosity surrounding the first female-led feature in the MCU.
While there is quite a bit to be excited about with Captain Marvel, the most intriguing aspect of the new trailer was the lack of an apparent love interest for Danvers. Considering Captain Marvel will be one of only two recent major motion pictures about female superheroes, I am thrilled to see that this movie won’t focus on, or even incorporate, a love story. By contrast, the other contemporary female superhero movie, Warner Bros. Entertainment’s 2017 Wonder Woman, that was not the case at all.
Last summer, comic book movie fans were expected to fawn over Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman. While Gal Gadot rocked it as the Amazonian warrior princess Diana, the protagonist’s journey was mostly inspired by her love interest, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine). Sure, Wonder Woman was also motivated by her innate sense of right and wrong, but she left Themyscira because Trevor’s pouty lips and piercing eyes sparked Diana’s sexual interest. After all, the American pilot was the first man Diana ever met, and as a young woman, it’s not unreasonable for her to have found herself driven by lust and love. However, this plot point undercut the girl power message of the movie.
Luckily, the Captain Marvel trailer did not touch on any sort of romantic relationship for Carol Danvers. This is such a refreshing change, as so many female-helmed features revolve around a love story of some kind. In the comic books, Danvers had love interests including James Rhodes (also known as War Machine, played by Don Cheadle in the MCU), Michael Rossi, and Marcus (Immortus’ son who brainwashed her into loving him). We definitely didn’t see Rhodes in the trailer and neither of her love interests is currently included in the cast list posted on IMDb.
It’s foolish to assume there won’t be any mention of relationship for Carol in Captain Marvel though. She’s a talented, smart, beautiful, and charismatic young woman who is certain to have a courter or two. What makes the new trailer so unique is that a robust love life isn’t at the center of Carol Danvers’ journey to become Captain Marvel.
Captain Marvel arrives in theaters on March 8, 2019.