CAPTAIN MARVEL is a refreshingly different origin story that will appeal to a broad audience. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) now boasts 21 films in 11 years, with each film adding to a rich story tapestry. Each movie builds upon the last, and if you’ve been paying attention you’re in for a real treat with CAPTAIN MARVEL. Little nods and Easter eggs abound, and the movie really ties together the entire MCU in the present AND the past.
Set in 1995, CAPTAIN MARVEL follows Air Force fighter pilot Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) on her origin story as she becomes the superhuman Captain Marvel and attempts to save Earth from a war between two alien races – the Skrulls and the Kree. She runs into some familiar faces along the way – Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) – both wide-eyed newbies just starting their SHIELD careers.
The tone of CAPTAIN MARVEL hits every familiar note you’ve come to expect from a Marvel film. Character bonding moments surround exciting action sequences which contain that touch of humor that makes Marvel movies so enjoyable. If I have one criticism, it is the first 15 minutes of the film. Make sure you’re paying attention, because it starts in the middle of an action scene, smack in the middle of Carol Danvers story. From there, a time jump throws out several puzzle pieces you then get to assemble as the film continues. While I found it fun to have a bit of a mystery to solve, it is easy to get lost if you’re not paying attention from the word GO.
Though the MCU contains female superheroes – Black Widow and Scarlet Witch – Captain Marvel (aka Carol Danvers, played by Brie Larson) is our first leading lady. With that said, Captain Marvel is totally relatable to men and women alike. The character could be any race or gender, but it just so happens she is female. Brie Larson brings Carol to life onscreen and off. Larson went through 9 months of training to get into superhero shape. The character she portrayed was so relatable, approachable and non-intimidating, despite Captain Marvel being billed as “the MCU’s mightiest superhero.”
Both Ben Mendelsohn (Talos) and Jude Law (Yon-Regg) portray opposing characters that tap-dance around each other throughout the movie. They must be both likable and abhorrent at different times. And then there’s Goose. Despite being billed as such, Goose is not really “Captain Marvel’s cat”. Though she does look great packaged alongside Captain Marvel dolls and action figures. The cuddly feline is a scene stealer in more ways than one. If you’d like to learn more about Goose (aka Reggie) and how I actually met him, head over to my post on Skywalking Through Neverland. Goose plays a significant role that I won’t spoil here!
CAPTAIN MARVEL is the first Marvel film to release after Stan Lee’s death. Marvel Studios created a touching tribute in the film within the movie opening. Make sure you’re in your seat at the theater for that. My audience broke into thunderous applause for this man that entertained generations. Appropriately, CAPTAIN MARVEL continues Stan Lee’s tradition of MCU entertainment. I encourage everyone to see Carol Danvers become the most powerful MCU character, ready to step into her next film in AVENGERS: ENDGAME. See you in the theater on March 8th for CAPTAIN MARVEL! Book your tickets now!