Back in September, the first teaser for the upcoming Captain Marvel left a lot of casual MCU fans confused and a little shocked with its clip of Brie Larson punching an old lady in the face. This display of abuse towards the elderly became an instant meme, and now that the new trailer has offered some clarification that the assaulted woman was actually a Skrull in disguise, the internet is getting excited all over again about the clash between these unlikely adversaries.
The extended version of the first trailer’s notorious “grandma-punching” moment comes right at the start of the new footage, as Carol Danvers strikes the old lady only for her victim to kick back in an impressive display of acrobatics. Among the various Twitter responses to this fight, you can find fans who are relieved to see that Brie Larson’s character isn’t the bully that she once looked to be, and others who are disappointed that Captain Marvel didn’t literally attack an innocent old woman:
And now we know why Captain Marvel punches grandma! #CaptainMarvel
— BigBoss (@News_Dr252) December 4, 2018
At first I was a little shocked that grandma got punched and was like aw no captain marvel punched a real granny? but then I heard her make that weird sound in her throat, and I thought nah fam you gotta go?? #CaptainMarvel
— Asha jones (@ashajones7) December 4, 2018
The grandma in the latest captain marvel trailer snapped
— AIGOOOYAA?? (@Angelily95) December 4, 2018
— Sofia ?✨ (@ZombieUnicorn1o) December 4, 2018
That trailer, looks a lot better than prior..
that said, I am still laughing of that it's "Captain Marvel: Grandma Puncher".
— Alexander M. Bush (@AlexanderMBush_) December 4, 2018
Captain Marvel: Punches grandma
Grandma: Acrobatic kick to Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel: pic.twitter.com/eG898O5sZG
— Jorge De Ocampo (@jo___mar) December 4, 2018
The end of the captain marvel trailer is golddd but honestly they sold me at her punching a grandma
— ??Gabs☃️ (@saleminkg) December 4, 2018
Oh god the ninja grandma memes Captain Marvel
— nathan tryon (@nathan_tryon) December 4, 2018
the worst thing about the Captain Marvel trailer is that the old woman ended up actually being a Skrull and not some random grandma
— Trae Young ROY (@MaclaneSC) December 4, 2018
While this “ninja grandma” sequence gets the trailer off to a strong start, the new video offers plenty more material in its wake, including some some further glimpses of the Skrulls in their natural, green-skinned form.
This army of shape-shifting extra-terrestrials will be led by the villainous Talos, played by Ben Mendelsohn, who’s managed to infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D. as the boss of a young Nick Fury. Indeed, ever since the arrival of Skrulls in the MCU was first announced, fans have been speculating on which pre-established characters could be aliens in disguise, accusing everyone from General Ross to Thor of holding secret identities.
While most of these theories seem like a stretch, we’ll find out if any familiar faces aren’t what they seem when Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8th, 2019.