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It's almost in theaters but Captain Marvel is getting another fan trailer, this time with a 1990s vibe and featuring a major Die Hard tie-in. The fan-created trailer from Nerdist is a thing of beauty for fans of Captain Marvel and those looking to add some nostalgia to their day. Even better, the fan trailer is so well-made you'll actually believe that Captain Marvel was legitimately made in the mid-1990s - it's that good.
Captain Marvel's release date is fast approaching, which means the excitement for the film is reaching a fever pitch. The anticipation to see how Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will enter its home stretch through Marvel Studios' first female-led origin story is palpable. Even the early reviews of Captain Marvel shower it with praise, which means that fans will no doubt be pleased to see how Carol Danvers' origin story of transforming from an ordinary fighter pilot into an extraordinary Kree warrior has been translated for the big screen. In these final weeks, promotional materials for the film are also being released in large quantities, so it makes sense that something like a fun, kitschy fan trailer is hitting YouTube with a week to go before the premiere.
Thanks to Nerdist, the minds behind the remixed trailer, Captain Marvel is transported back to 1995, with the plot of the film being given a Die Hard twist thanks to the fact that its trailer has been cut together with the trailer for Die Hard With a Vengeance, the third Die Hard film starring Bruce Willis (who sadly doesn't appear in this remixed trailer), Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons, and Ben Kingsley. Jackson is the link between the older film and the newer film, and it's mind-blowing to see just how many connections are made between his role in Die Hard 3 and Captain Marvel. The trailer expertly weaves together footage of Die Hard Jackson and Captain Marvel's Brie Larson to make it seem like she's really a character in the 1995 film and is made to fit in perfectly with the original trailer. Irons and Kingsley make small appearances too, getting substituted in for actual Captain Marvel villain Ben Mendelsohn, who will play Talos the Skrull.
Nerdist is no stranger to remixing trailers and putting their own unique spin on them. In fact, every time a trailer has been released that fits right in with Nerdist's target audience, they've capitalized on it to make it even more fun and more appealing. Recent examples of this are Nerdist's remixes on the trailers for Avengers: Endgame, which features cameos from the Muppets, and the trailer for Netflix's Fyre Fraud, which has been renamed Jurassic Fraud and mixes in some special prehistoric characters from Jurassic Park to spice up a trailer for a film about the doomed Fyre Festival.
The trailer for the 1990s-style Captain Marvel may not be some unearthed relic of years gone by, but that doesn't make this trailer any less enjoyable to watch. If anything, it's going to help get potential viewers even more curious and excited about a film that's already feeling the glow of early, positive buzz which is a major win no matter which way you slice it.