Marvel Studios released the first trailer for Captain Marvel. Fans are hopeful for the movie, in general. Marvel’s first female-led superhero movie will undoubtedly be compared to WB/DC’s Wonder Woman which was a hit with fans. Captain Marvel has a lot to live up to. If the trailer is any indication, Captain Marvel is set to exceed expectations. Aliens, super-suits, and Guardians of the Galaxy references all have fans hyped. But adults nerds are on the lookout for all those sweet, sweet 90s references. Between the promotional photos and the trailer, did you spot all the 90s references?


The trailer opens with Carol Danvers, AKA Captain Marvel, crashing into the top of a Blockbuster Video. For nerds who came after the home entertainment giant’s collapse, Blockbuster Video was a store that rented VHS (and for a short time DVDs), usually by the night, two-night, or weekend rentals. At one point there was a Blockbuster Video in every town in America and nearly every street corner in major cities. Think Redbox, only an entire store full of videos and video games. With the rise of Netflix and similar mail-in rental services, Blockbuster died out. Perhaps the reference gives the younger generations of nerds the chance to learn those wise words we all once knew by heart – Be kind. Rewind.

The trailer gives us a shot of Carol back in her Air Force days with fellow pilot and best friend Monica Rambeau. Some nerds will know her by her call name, Photon. Both future super-heroines sport those classy Aviator sunglasses. While Aviators aren’t specific to the 90s, the release of 1987’s Top Gun drove the Aviators into popular eyewear well into the early 90s. Everybody who’s anybody owned a pair and wore right into the danger zone.

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Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson)

While the trailer didn’t feature the best shot of her outfit, the promotional pictures show us a good look at Carol’s outfit as she’s taken on what looks like a guided tour through SHIELD headquarters. Sporting a pair of jeans, a nice leather jacket, and a classic Nine Inch Nails t-shirt, Carol is the epitome of 90s style. Nine Inch Nails hit their height of popularity during the 90s and every teenager to twenty-something owned at least one NIN t-shirt.

And of course, there’s the pager. Seen towards the end of Infinity War, the pager is iconic 90s tech. You dialed the pager number, the pager went off and flashed the number to call back. Some of the later models allowed for short messages. Clipped to the hip like modern day larger cell phones, the pager was once used by numerous individuals who craved that latest tech. Later it would be reduced to doctors and business professionals before the cell phone boom.

Last but not least is the feel of the trailer. Excluding the space scenes which feel modern and just as vibrant as the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, the rest of the trailer scenes from the 90s have that 90s feel. The color palette, the tone of settings, the little details like signage of businesses and the fashion of extras in the background. Lots of denim, short jean jackets, and style. Some things are universal, hairstyles can carry over, brands stay strong through the decades, but the trailer still captures the feel of the 90s. 90s Kids will undoubtedly enjoy the nostalgic walk through their decade as we follow Carol Danvers on what is sure to be an amazing ride through an incredible movie.

Captain Marvel releases March 2019.

Did we miss any 90s references? Anything that you hope to see to make the movie feel more “90s” to you? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Facebook or Twitter!

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