Yes, it was. Bening, the four-time Oscar-nominated star of American Beauty, The American President and The Kids are Alright, is in Captain Marvel. Who is she playing? That remains very much to be determined, despite the trailer finally revealing her character. But here’s what we know.
Bening’s addition to the cast was announced relatively late, in May of 2018, and at the time the only thing we knew about her was one cryptic piece of information from The Hollywood Reporter: That “scientist” was “said to be in her job description.”
In September, during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Bening adamantly refused to offer more details. “It was so much fun,” she told Kimmel, “and I can’t tell you why, because then it would give something away.”
All we do know is that her role required some stunts, since she was reminded of it while talking about how she didn’t have to do stunts on the set of Life Itself.
Now, with the second Captain Marvel trailer, we don’t know much more about who Bening’s character is — but we do know a lot about what she is, and what she does. Making it extra tricky, there isn’t really a comic book parallel for her role, either.
“Your life began the day it nearly ended,” Bening’s character tells…