The Marvels Trailer is About What You Expect

The superheroes are back (like they ever left), trying to regain some ground owned by Barbie and Oppenheimer. Marvel has released a new trailer for its final superhero film of 2023, The Marvels. The Marvels finds Captain Marvel, Monica Rambeau, and Ms. Marvel switching places with each other every time they use their superpowers while facing a Kree warrior who’s… doing bad guy stuff, I guess. Brie Larson, Tyonah Parris, and Iman Vellani return as Captain Marvel, Monica Rambeau, and Ms. Marvel, respectively, with Samuel L. Jackson back as Nick Fury; they’re joined by Zawe Ashton as the villain, Dar-Benn, and Park Seo-joon in an undisclosed role. Directed by Nia DaCosta, The Marvels will arrive in theaters on November 10, 2023, and you can see the new trailer below:

Well, that’s something that exists. It’s hard to muster up any emotion whatsoever for The Marvels. It looks mostly just bland and uninteresting, and while I’m sure there’ll be plenty of super-fun feminism in the movie itself, the marketing has so far eschewed it. Between this and those Entertainment Weekly pictures, I guess they’re trying to get people excited for The Marvels, but nothing has been all that enticing. The Marvel productions are all starting to feel like obligations from the people who make them. Like in this trailer, when Carol calls Nick Fury “my favorite one-eyed man of intrigue;” is that supposed to be clever or witty? It feels like it’s there because they had to give Carol something snappy to say but couldn’t think of anything good, so they jotted down the first thing that popped into one of their heads the morning before the scene was scheduled to be filmed. It makes sense, as the writers are director Nia DaCosta, who’s written two movies, and three others who were pulled from various Marvel Disney+ shows (including Zeb Wells, the She-Hulk writer they forced into Deadpool 3). It’s not exactly the recipe for a classic movie script. Like everything else they’ve done recently, it looks like nobody cared, and I find it difficult to be any different.

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