Brie Larson Puts The HER In HERO In New 'Captain Marvel' Trailer

Brie Larson Puts The HER In HERO In New 'Captain Marvel' Trailer

She is the hero we, and the Avengers, need. Thanos isn't ready.


On September 18th, 2018, the newest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, "Captain Marvel," finally got some spotlight during the first released trailer for the film. The anticipation leading up to the day we get to see this hero up on the big screen is too much for some hardcore Marvel fans, myself included, to handle. Here is a rundown of what this trailer might mean, what you need to know about her, and why this movie is going to change superhero films forever.

The trailer for the movie does a nice job of tying in nostalgic elements having to do with the time period the film takes place while also including fresh new visuals and concepts we haven't seen from Marvel before. Captain Marvel is set to take place in the 90s, which is why in one of the opening scenes of the trailer, we see a Blockbuster storefront. Carol Danvers, AKA Captain Marvel, is portrayed by Brie Larson, who in this first scene, makes crashing through a store's roof and waking up in a foreign world look like a piece of cake. Larson is so talented and I'm excited to see what she brings to the character.

Next, Nick Fury, a beloved character played by none other than Samuel L. Jackson, follows the trend set by many trailers for "Infinity War" by coupling a dramatic monologue with a slow-motion scene of Carol Danvers standing up and walking away from the camera.

"War is a universal language. I know a renegade soldier when I see one."

After this, we finally see a full image of the hero's face as she stands confused in what appears to be a subway or bus station. Fury continues to speak about what has happened on earth in past years. He talks of a space invasion, which might be a partial explanation for the reason that S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to be experimenting on an alien of some sort in a quick clip. He talks of high-speed car chases, another trend Marvel movies have followed. Jackson's character says, "Truth be told, I was ready to hang it up... until I met you today." Let that sink in. The former director of S.H.I.E.L.D. wouldn't have stayed in is profession long enough to claim that title if it hadn't been for Captain Marvel.

Throughout the trailer, the one thing that stuck out to me was that even though Captain Marvel didn't quite remember where she was from or who her people were, she was so driven to protect Earth. She wanted to keep it safe. She is a hero who is unapologetically herself and someone who, as seen time and time again in the trailer, gets back up after she falls down. There is a scene where the word "HERO" appears on the screen, but for a few short fragments of a second before the "O" appears it simply reads "HER." That part really spoke to me. This is the first big motion picture that Marvel where the standalone hero is a woman. I think that in itself is going to make this film stand out to the rest of the movies Marvel has made in the past. Her origin story is one of the best I've heard and I know this movie is for sure going to be a game changer...

"I'm not who you think I am."


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Minority Representation Was Never Just About Historical Accuracy

Gemma Chan's casting in "Mary Queen of Scots" has far more reach and impact beyond the issue of historical accuracy.


The past year has been regarded as a revolutionary time for Asian representation, and it seems to begin with what came to be known as "Asian August" in 2018. The momentum from "Asian August" has carried through into 2019. A recently prominent figure in Asian representation is Gemma Chan, who starred in "Crazy Rich Asians" and "Captain Marvel." Her role as Bess of Hardwick in "Mary Queen of Scots," however, drew some criticism from viewers, who questioned the casting of an Asian woman as a white historical figure. Chan has since responded to this criticism in her Allure cover story.

Chan stated in Allure, "Why are actors of color, who have fewer opportunities anyway, only allowed to play their own race? And sometimes they're not even allowed to play their own race." To this, she added, "If John Wayne can play Genghis Khan, I can play Bess of Hardwick." She makes an important point about representation here: many roles of historical figures of color have been played by white actors. Actors of color have very few opportunities, and in many cases, are even denied roles of historical figures of their race.

It's true that a major argument for better representation has been accuracy to the source material, but the actual issue of representation is not about historical accuracy. The push for better representation is a push to see more actors of color onscreen and to open up more opportunities for actors of color, especially when white actors are placed in roles of historical figures of color. Gemma Chan brings up John Wayne, who was in yellowface for his role of Genghis Khan.

The barring of actors of color, who already have fewer opportunities, from the roles of these historical figures is the true problem, not a lack of accuracy to the source material. There is a backlash when a white actor plays the role of a person of color because actors of color already have very limited opportunities.

Gemma Chan further states that "art should reflect life now" and that "If we portray a pure white past, people start to believe that's how it was, and that's not how it was." Her role in "Mary Queen of Scots" aids in fighting the whitewashing of history and of film and television as a whole. She also comments on her compound racial identity, stating that she feels both Asian and British. This is especially important to members of the Asian diaspora who are stereotyped as "perpetual foreigners."

Gemma Chan's role in a period film solidifies her British identity, helping to break down the "perpetual foreigner" stereotype and assert that her being Asian does not take away from her being British. For members of the Asian diaspora, it is important to see an Asian actress in a role where she can embrace the duality of her identity rather than having to be exclusively Chinese or British. Gemma Chan's casting in "Mary Queen of Scots" has far more reach and impact beyond the issue of historical accuracy. Seeing an Asian actor in a European or American period film is very rare, and Chan's role should be celebrated for its importance to Asian representation rather than criticized for not being historically accurate.

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5 Rom-Coms That Will Never Fail To Make You Laugh

These 5 movies will bring you many tears of laughter, and a couple sad tears too.


Whether it's wine night with the girls or a quiet night solo, I love a good romantic comedy. While there are many classic romantic movies like "The Notebook" that nearly made this list, a recent re-watching made me realize many weren't all that funny and haven't aged well. With these 5 movie choices, I wanted to share my favorite more modern and diversified romantic comedy favorites. Whether you need a good laugh or a good cry, these movies will do the trick!

1. Set It Up (2018)

This is hands-down one of those movies that I could just watch over and over again happily. In "Set It Up", two assistants working in the same building team up to get their bosses together by doing what assistants do best: managing their bosses' lives. Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell play the two overworked ambitious assistants for their demanding bosses Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs-both iconic duos in their own ways. I personally love this movie because it fulfills my dream of falling in love as an exhausted assistant in New York City, and Pete Davidson has a supporting role as Powell's roommate.

2. When Harry Met Sally (1989)

"When Harry Met Sally" is an absolute classic and rightfully so. Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan star at first as "friends-of-friends" reluctantly sharing a car ride from Chicago to New York, but over the years and through life events they become incredible friends. This movie explores the curious question: "Can men and women truly just be friends?". Crystal and Ryan's chemistry will make you root for them throughout the film with their memorable quirks and love.

3. One Day (2011)

"One Day" is like the more modern version of "When Harry Met Sally" of bringing two seemingly opposite people together. "One Day" stars Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess as two students brought together by the celebration of their college graduation. Though they couldn't be more different people, her an idealist and him a playboy, they begin a friendship spanning the next 20 years where every July 15th they meet again to revisit their friendship.

4. The Big Sick (2017)

Starring comedian, Kumail Nanjiani, and Zoe Kazan, "The Big Sick" is based on the true story of how Nanjiani met his wife. Kumail meets Emily (Kazan) at one of his stand-up shows where their relationship begins, but the relationship is found to be unsustainable because of Kumail's concern for his parents' traditional Pakistani values. While wrestling with his family's beliefs on marriage and relationships, Kazan falls ill and into a coma. While awaiting Emily to wake again, Kumail finds an unlikely friendship with her concerned parents. This movie already has so much depth with the focus on Emily's illness, but the addition of Kumail's cultural struggle with his family's perspective on relationships and love really adds to the versatility of "The Big Sick".

5. (500) Days Of Summer (2009)

"(500) Days of Summer" is hailed a great romantic comedy for the quirkiness of its protagonists, but it made my list because of how the protagonists must reflect on their perceptions of love. Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star as a young couple of Summer and Tom, she a disbeliever in love and him a hopeless romantic. When she suddenly breaks it off with him, Tom finds himself again through reflection on the 500 days in which their relationship lasted. Past all the general hype this movie received, I loved the theme of reflection and growth portrayed by the characters. The emphasis on finding happiness and peace after a hard break-up is a lesson we can all use in our real lives.

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