There’s a powerful energy to Marvel’s first female-led superhero movie, and we couldn’t be more on board.
Higher, further, faster.
That’s the message at the heart of the latest Captain Marvel trailer, debuted during this year’s Super Bowl. The event itself might have been mired in the controversy of the sexist double standard on display in the halftime performance – Adam Levine showcased his two nipples without a whisper of censure, but in 2004 when Janet Jackson had one of her breasts exposed she was blacklisted from the music industry – but the new Captain Marvel trailer quietly reinforced the power of women.
“Time to show these boys how we do it. You ready?” Maria Lambeau (Lashanna Lynch), Carol Danvers’ (Brie Larson) fighter pilot bestie, says as the pair stalk towards their jets.
“Higher, further, faster baby,” Carol responds, grinning.
The mantra becomes something of a soundtrack to the trailer, which features Carol – who later becomes the truly awe-inspiring superhero Captain Marvel – quite literally doing all three of those things. She flies higher than the men, she goes further than them, she is faster than them, frequently leaving villain Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) and ally Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) in her dust.
Though light on any new details of the movie’s plot, the trailer features plenty of fresh footage of Captain Marvel displaying her powers of flight and super strength, not to mention the fact that she’s pretty capable in hand-to-hand combat.
And then comes the line that will have you fist-pumping with excitement when you hear it. “Try to keep up,” Captain Marvel says, with just a slight smirk on her face.
The trailer’s repeated refrain of ‘higher, further, faster’ carries with it an electrical current of anticipation. That’s because for Marvel fans there is immense power in those three little words.
For those who need a bit of a refresher, Avengers: Infinity War left everyone’s favourite superheroes in something akin to some pretty dire straits. Despite the collective power of everyone from Black Panther to Thor, Iron Man to Doctor Strange, Star Lord to Captain America, not to mention the skills of Scarlet Witch, Black Widow and Okoye, Thanos prevailed and, with a snap of his fingers, wiped out half of the world’s population.
The Avengers are in desperate need of a hero, Bonnie Tyler style, to swoop in and save the day. They need someone whose strength is so immense that they can face off against the mighty, purple-tinged power of Thanos. They need someone who can go higher, further and faster than any of the current, mostly male, superheroes.
In Captain Marvel, it appears that they might have finally found that hero. And knowing that she is going to go higher, further, faster than anyone else is enough to give us some serious goosebumps.
Captain Marvel is in cinemas on International Women’s Day on 8 March.