I did not watch this trailer with the idea of trying to glean information about the plot, but I watched it with the mindset of trying to find the Carol I know and love, and the trailer delivered that for me. I am excited about the movie because I saw the Carol who loves to fly and would rather punch someone out instead of talk it out. I saw the Carol who falls and gets back up. I saw Carol in her mohawk. I saw the Carol who is calm in the face of danger.
As you may have noticed, I chose a really specific shot from the trailer for this review. It is Carol balling her hand into a fist. One of my favorite things about the character Carol Danvers is that her go to solution, when things get complicated, is to punch her way out. It is still very rare for female characters to be given power and for that power to be portrayed well. I, when I first started reading about Carol, was very used to the idea that the more powerful a woman becomes, the less feminine she becomes or the more sexualized she becomes. It was never something I could personally relate too. I grew up with the mindset that femininity and power are characteristics that do not belong together, but characters like Carol (and Kara Danvers as Supergirl) are very powerful and feminine. She proves the point that a woman can be powerful, respected, and wear a skirt if she so desires and not be seen as sexual object.
I love Captain Marvel. I started reading the comics of Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel back in 2015, and I have been excited about this movie since it was announced in 2015. I remember, at that time, being afraid that people would not understand her and only do the minimal research about her to find that the title of Captain Marvel originally belonged to a man. The movie was announced right around the time that the mantle of Thor was given Jane in the comics, and I thought people might take out their frustration of that situation on Carol. I am glad, however, that times have progressed where characters or even historical figures that were originally white men can now be portrayed either in movies or on stage by people who have often been the minority.