Seeing as this is only my SECOND blog post, let me preface this by saying I’m a HUGE Marvel fan. There- you’ve learned something new about me. And in celebration of Marvel’s latest offering, I’d like to give a brief overview of the movie. Wanna hear it, here is goes… Soooo me and my partner went to see “Captain Marvel” last night and let me tell you, we thoroughly enjoyed it! The film is set in the 90s and stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. For this post, I will refer to each as Carol and Fury, respectively.
Not your typical origin story in the Marvel sense, but a very good one indeed. The movie finds Carol (a sarcastic, hot-head) struggling to find her true identity, having had her memories suppressed by the Kree- a formidable alien race comparable to the Klingons of Star Trek. While fighting as a member of the Kree task force, aptly named Starforce, Carol is kidnapped by the Skrulls (a green alien species of shape-shifting abilities). In the film, the Skrulls are a refugee people, trying to escape extinction by the Kree while searching for a home. As such, they have invaded Earth, seeking to find a device capable of generating light speed so that they may find a planet far beyond the reach of the Kree. In the midst of all of this, flashes of Carol’s past takes her to planet Earth, where she and Fury go on a journey of discovery. It is here where Carols learns of the Skrull invasion and seeks to find out why the Skrulls are on Earth. Through multiple plot twists, we find that the Skrulls are not the enemy they were originally believed to be. Rather, they are a humble species, simply trying to survive. With the help of Fury, Carol unlocks her past and the source of her powers, which derives from the tessaract. By the end of the film, and after overcoming many obstacles, Carol finds her strength- embracing who she is and takes down the Kree. With a newfound sensibility, Carol leaves behind her family and friends on Earth in order to help the Skrulls find a home and to end the Kree-Skrull War.
Upon first viewing, I would grade this movie a solid B+. I loved the 90s nostalgia. I loved the camaraderie between Carol and Fury. I loved the performances by Lashana Lynch (who plays Maria Rambeau) and Ben Mendelsohn (who plays Talos). I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Annette Bening plays Mar-Vell, as Mar-Vell is a ‘he’ in the comics. The movie seemed a bit disjointed in places. It starts a bit slow and at times, I found myself wondering where the movie would take me. I would compare it to the 3-point thesis essays from my college days. You had an introduction, 3 major points of interest, and then a conclusion. This movie seemed to have developed in the same fashion. We are introduced to this powerful character (Carol), who fights for the people she believes she belongs, works to discover who she really is, and helps to secure a safe haven for a race she once believed to be the enemy. Overall, the movie is a great addition to the MCU and very much plays to the 90s era. I highly recommend this movie. I look forward to seeing what ‘Captain Marvel’ brings to the Avengers team in their quest to stop Thanos in “Avengers: Endgame.”