The first official trailer for the upcoming Captain Marvel movie is finally here, and it covers a lot of the history behind the cosmic Avenger. However, one of the scenes from the trailer–where Captain Marvel punches an elderly woman in the face for no apparent reason–has plenty of people questioning the hero’s moral compass. But as anyone familiar with the character’s history in comics knows, there is a good reason for her aggression.
A major part of Carol Danvers history as Ms. Marvel–before her transformation into Captain Marvel–is the war between the alien Kree and Skrull races. Carol Danvers actually gains her super powers from a Kree military captain who’s named Mar-Vell and spying on the human race to see if Earth is a worthy ally in the fight against the Skrulls. We’ve already seen the Kree in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as the blue-skinned Ronan, from the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, is a Kree. As far as we know, we haven’t seen a Skrull in the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet because they are a race of shape-shifters. When the Kree and Skrull’s war comes to Earth, many of the Skrulls try to take over the world by disguising themselves as humans.
So when Carol Danvers punches out the old lady, she’s probably seen through a Skrull’s disguise. Captain Marvel is one of the few Avengers who’s specific power-set makes her perfect for taking on the Skrull. After her physiology is affected by Captain Mar-Vell’s DNA, Carol Danvers gains nearly a dozen superpowers. One of those powers is a limited precognitive sixth sense. It’s a lot like Spider-Man’s spider sense, but instead of simply alerting her to danger, Captain Marvel can see a few seconds into the future when a threat presents itself. Perhaps the Skrull on the train is supposed to get the jump on Captain Marvel, but she senses the attack coming before it happens and decides to strike out first.
Captain Marvel‘s first official trailer details Carol Danver’s transformation into Ms. Marvel, her ascendence to Captain Marvel, and her hand in putting a stop to the Kree/Skrull war on Earth. We’ve got a full trailer breakdown if you want to know about everything that’s going on.
Captain Marvel comes to theaters on March 8, 2019.