Whenever a new photo or trailer comes out to promote a massive franchise such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans analyze it like an archaeologist or historian, viewing each pixel with a magnifying glass or making 30-minute videos describing two-minute trailers.
Sometimes the information they collect is useful, but at other times it isn’t, because when it comes to photos and trailers, they don’t always look like that, especially when it comes to Marvel. Brie Larson made it clear when she explained what was going on with the more debatable set photo.
What fans thought the Captain Marvel photo was about
Some time ago, Larson featured in a photo in her Captain Marvel outfit while doing a fight scene. This setting is found in Vormir, the site of the Soul Stone, where the person who wants the stone has to sacrifice something close to them to receive it. In Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos killed Gamora to get the stone. In Avengers: Endgame, when the heroes went back in time to get the stone, Black Widow sacrificed herself so that Hawkeye could get the stone.
So what was Captain Marvel doing on Vormir? Fans began to theorize that she had something to do with that battle, especially after Marvel revealed the scene was originally much more elaborate.
Thanos appeared on the scene, and there was a battle. With Natasha dying an even uglier death than she ultimately got, before the filmmakers decided to scale back the sequence to what we see in Endgame now, with Natasha and Clint having their fight, but with no Thanos in sight, and indeed no Captain Marvel.
So with that photo circulating, that proves that Carol was part of the battle at one point, doesn’t it?
What Brie Larson says “the Captain Marvel photo was just a camera test to see what the costume would look like, and “I was still learning how to move in a leather wetsuit.“ she wrote.
Larson has stated in several interviews that she filmed her first scenes for Marvel on Avengers: Endgame, even though Captain Marvel was first released. As a result, Larson had no idea what her powers were when the shooting began.
Such confusion is prevalent among Marvel actors like Tom Holland. What makes Marvel so secretive is that they don’t always tell actors what’s going on in the script.
Given all this good-natured deception, is it any wonder that Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t know which film she is working on at any given moment?
Marvel is not above fibbing in the name of the promotion
Marvel’s movies are such malleable creations that they’re often being rewritten after principal photography has been completed and the editors have begun shaping the final film. Especially with stories as complex as the ones in Infinity War and Endgame, change is inevitable.
However, fans noticed that the Infinity War trailer in the Battle of Wakanda was showing the Hulk in its usual mean and green form. However, in the final film, Banner actually struggles to make the Hulk appear and wears Iron Man Hulkbuster armour during the war.
It is not uncommon for trailers to eventually add unused footage.
The trailers are usually cut before the movie is made, so the trailer doesn’t play as shown. However, one could argue that this fibbing is worth a trailer giving plot points. In any case, the complaints about Marvel movies are blown away like dust as the numbers speak for themselves.