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Captain Marvel First Images Introduce the Skrulls

by Eric Frederiksen | September 5, 2018September 5, 2018 10:24 am EDT

Marvel gave us our first close-up look at Brie Larson as Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel today as she graces the cover of Entertainment Weekly in a decidedly MCU-styled take on her traditional Marvel Comics costume. Alongside the cover story, EW is giving us a look at the movie through some proper set photos, introducing us to some big characters, including our first look at the Skrulls. Jump below the gallery for some details on the images.

Captain Marvel jumps back to the 1990s. That lets Marvel bring back some villains and take some characters back in time. We get another good look at Larson as Captain Marvel to start with, and I’m digging her gauntlets. But then we see the Captain with a team of Kree aliens in her green-and-greener outfit that we’d seen in some previous set photos. If you look closely at the person they’re walking up to, he might look familiar: Ronan the Accuser, the big-bad of Guardians of the Galaxy.

We also get a look at Jude Law’s character, who will apparently be acting as a mentor of sorts for Larson’s Carol Danvers.

The most important part of the movie, though, will be the reveal of the shape-shifting Skrulls, a green-skinned alien race that can blend into its surroudings as easily as X-Men’s Mystique. Fans have been theorizing that some key members of the MCU have already been replaced by Skrull infiltrators. From Agent Coulson right up to Nick Fury, viewers have been accusing various Avengers of being fakes. I’d be surprised if we didn’t see at least one MCU character turn out to have been a Skrull the whole time. The leader, Talos, is being played by Ben Mendelsohn, who played Krennic in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

To really remind us that this takes place in the 1990s, though, we get shots of Brie in some very timely street clothes – check out that Nine Inch Nails shirt – and of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, a then-low-ranking member of S.H.I.E.L.D. Marvel digitally de-aged Jackson for the role the same way it did Michael Douglas for parts of Ant-Man. Oh, and what’s that? Two eyes? We’re willing to bet that Captain Marvel is where that changes.

Finally, we get a shot of Larson’s Danvers as an Air Force pilot, and of Danvers’ close friend, Maria Rambeau. Fans of the Captain Marvel comics will remember that Rambeau herself spent some time as Captain Marvel, and as a hero named Photon. Check out her callsign on her jet.

There’s a lot to digest here, and eagle-eyed viewers are likely going to pick out even more as microscopes come out and focus in on the images. In the meantime, we’re excited by what we’re seeing here. The Kree and Skrulls both look great, and we’re eager to see Larson as Captain Marvel next year.

Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8, 2019.