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Captain Marvel Trailer: Carol Danvers Soars Through The Skies, Can't Remember Her Past

She isn't what you think she is. 

After snaps of Brie Larson in costume made their way online (and subsequently spread like wildfire), after Entertainment Weekly sent Marvel fans across the world into fits of unadulterated joy by revealing the exclusive Captain Marvel cover of its print magazine, and after Twitter users uploaded videos of Larson's hero fighting a villain on a train, Marvel has, at long last, unveiled the official trailer for Captain Marvel

The verdict on the footage? Well, we have a hunch that anyone who has drooled over a Captain Marvel comic, dreamt of the eponymous hero getting her own solo movie, hoped to see Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury in his younger years without an eyepatch, or waited (not so) patiently for the day a Marvel film would be set in the '90s and involve evil extra-terrestrial creatures will wholeheartedly swear that all the waiting was more than worth it. 

Coming in at just under two minutes in length, the trailer opens on Captain Marvel ripping through the night sky and crash-landing onto the roof of a Blockbuster Video. (We couldn't think of a more perfect shot than one of a now-defunct video rental company to establish the film's time period.) The camera then pans to show Laron's Captain Marvel inside the store, half-buried under a pile of rubble. As she gets up, dust and debris peppered throughout her buttery blonde locks, a familiar voice bellows in the background. 

"War is a universal language," Nick Fury states. "I know a renegade soldier when I see one. Never occured to me that one might come from above." 

Those words spill out over footage of Captain Marvel, suited up in the same emerald green suit first seen in a collection of images that leaked earlier this year, standing in a busy subway station. In the moments that follow, Nick explains that he was ready to retire from his post at the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division (S.H.I.E.L.D.), but once he met the woman who fell from the heavens, he changed his mind — largely because she's even more complex than she seems. 

The trailer details that Captain Marvel, whose real name is Carol Danvers, had a life on Earth before she became a bad guy-busting superhero. She was once a child who played little league baseball, a headstrong young woman training to become an airwoman, and then a full-fledged pilot for the U.S. Air Force. The heartbreaking thing is that Carol can't completely remember her past, and isn't able recall the other sides of her identity outside her heroic Captain Marvel one. 

"I keep having these memories. I see flashes, she says in the trailer. "I think I had a life here, but I can't tell if it's real."

After the Captain Marvel trailer shifts to set up the premise of the movie — Captain Marvel, Nick Fury, Captain Marvel's mentor Mar-Vell (Jude Law), and S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) work together to fight against the nefarious alien race known as the Skrulls — Captain Marvel declares that there's more to her than meets the eye. She then powers up — this time in her comic book-accurate red, blue, and gold suit — and the trailer cuts out just as her eyes glow a vibrant yellow. 

Check it out in full above. 

So, what's brewing behind the scenes in Marvel's secret kitchen now that the studio has finally lifted the lid off the Captain Marvel trailer? Well, the studio might actually be preparing to reveal the official title for Avengers 4. In late June of this year, during press junkets leading up to Ant-Man and the Wasp's premiere in July, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige relayed to Collider's Christina Radish that the Avengers 4 title announcement will likely happen at the end of 2018, after the studio unleashes the first look at Captain Marvel

"That'll be after the Captain Marvel teaser probably, announcing that title," Feige said when asked about when fans may get to learn what Avengers 4 is actually called. (Marvel has kept the official title under tight wraps for a while now, as it's reportedly a spoiler for Avengers: Infinity War.) He added, "It'll be towards the end of the year with however we launch that film."

This first trailer for Captain Marvel is pretty damn impressive on its own, but it's only the beginning of the promotional push for the movie. Marvel still has posters, high-quality photos, TV spots, and additional trailers — particularly ones featuring the rest of the movie's sizable cast — to release before Captain Marvel flies into theaters on March 8, 2019. Let's just hope the excitement doesn't knock us on our butts in the process.