The calendar has just turned to 2019 and that means we’re one step closer to the next chapter in the MCU, Captain Marvel. From what we have seen from the trailers so far, it is clear that Carol Danvers will be searching her past to find out who she is. A new TV spot for the Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck-directed film emphasizes how important that is by focusing on Carol Danvers’ origin. Take a look:
In the beginning of this TV spot we hear Annette Bening’s character reminding Carol that the Kree saved her life and gave it purpose. It is very indoctrinatory in nature and shows that Captain Marvel was in part made into what she is and has had little reason to question things or look behind her.
Something, presumably her arrival on Earth, changes that, and we hear her say, “Something in my past is the key to all of this.” This film is already set in the past (1995, to be precise), and it will see Carol going back further on a journey of self-discovery to try and find out who she is. There is definitely a lot of mystery at play here.
The focus on Carol Danvers’ origin and the “key” line indicates that some aspect of how Carol Danvers got her powers and the events that led her to where she is now as a Kree warrior on the Starforce will have important implications in the larger conflict Earth finds itself in the middle of, and it will likely be hugely meaningful to Carol herself.
What that secret is, we do not know for sure. Marvel recently made a change to Captain Marvel’s origin in the comics, making her half-Kree and the explosion that gave her her powers simply awakening that part of her DNA. That provided evidence for the theory that Annette Bening’s character is Carol’s mother and the first Captain Marvel. If true we don’t know what if this Carol might know and why her memory has been erased.
Whatever the answer hidden in Carol’s past is, the quest to find it will drive her story in the film and presumably cause her to take a new path afterwards.