Yesterday, Oscar winner, activist, and all-around delightful person Brie Larson managed to turn our attention from the endless cycle of bad news with a tweeted promise to break the Internet on Wednesday with a little help from Entertainment Weekly.
Fans assumed that Larson and EW were teasing the arrival of the first teaser trailer for Captain Marvel, which is due out March 8, 2019. In their excitement, they began tweeting images of the beeper that a desperate and turning-to-dust Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) reaches for in desperation at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. Turns out, the meme better suited to the day’s news is one inspired by the post-credits scene from Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Instead of a trailer, EW unveiled an exclusive photo gallery filled with stills from the Captain Marvel movie, which stars Larson as Carol Danvers, Jude Law as as Mar-Vell, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Ben Mendelssohn as Talos, and Lashana Lynch as Monica Rambeau, as well as returning MCU players Jackson, Lee Pace (as Ronan The Accuser), and Djimon Hounsou (as Korath).
EW’s Devan Coggan posted several of the photos on Twitter, including a great shot of a pre-eyepatch Nick and some Skrulls frolicking—or scheming—on the shore.
Larson and Jackson’s costuming points to the 1990s setting of the film, which is directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. And look, these are great photos—we especially like the one in which Larson and Law sport matching spa employee/cult member uniforms—and we’re grateful to focus on something other than President Liar Liar Pants On Fire for a bit. But c’mon, we all thought the trailer was going to drop today, right? Even though Kevin Feige said back in June that the wait for previews would be longer than usual? Maybe we were all being a little too optimistic about the odds of getting a trailer at this point, though that wouldn’t have been unheard of, especially not when there’s already so much anticipation for the first female-led Marvel superhero movie. And Larson’s generated a lot of good will with her support of greater representation in films and film criticism. It’s cool, though, because Larson already released a glimpse of one of the most ambitious crossover events ever: