Captain Marvel Review

Mira Van Lierop

8 Mar
Film & TV

‘Captain Marvel’, the Newest Marvel Superhero

Up until today Marvel only consisted of male-led superhero movies, a lot of them, twenty to be exact. Which isn’t bad because they’re pretty awesome and I love all of them, but the audience wanted more. More superheroes with more diversity and Marvel saw that. They released Black Panther in 2018, the first black superhero movie, and now Captain Marvel their first female-led superhero movie.

P.S. there are no spoilers in this article so feel free to scroll down.

In October 2014, Marvel officially announced they were making their first female-led superhero movie which would be released around July 2018. It’s now March 8th, 2019 so it took a bit more time, but it was definitely worth it. Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) were brought on as the writer team in April 2014 and in 2016, during San Diego Comic Con, it was announced that Oscar winner Brie Larson would play Captain Marvel alongside Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) and Jude Law (Yon-Rogg).

Captain Marvel Review

The plot

Brie Larson plays Carol Danvers a former fighter pilot turned Kree warrior hero who begins to question herself after her past gets unravelled. On the hunt for answers, her whole world gets turned upside down. Which makes for compelling storytelling and some amazing fight scenes as well. But it’s Marvel what did you expect.

A change of course

Now I’m a big Marvel fan. I love all the Marvel movies and just like everyone else I’m excited, but also dreading, to watch Avengers: Endgame. So, I had some high expectations. Not only because it’s Marvel, but because just like Black Panther this was a Marvel movie with a minority in the lead role — a woman, someone that I could relate to. There were definitely some female superheroes in the previous Marvel movies that kicked some serious butt, but they were side characters and not the lead. But with Captain Marvel it’s the other way around, a female superhero with Nick Fury as her sidekick. And an amazing one at that.

Nick Fury

The movie is set in the ‘90s, which is interesting for a variety of reasons; it’s basically an introduction to the Avengers. An introduction you didn’t know you needed but definitely do and also definitely want. But also because of the surprising friendship between Nick Fury and Carol Danvers. It’s a really unexpected but fun friendship, especially since Nick Fury is yet to become the Nick Fury. Through their friendship we get to learn more about his background and about his personality before he becomes the infamous man in black with an eye patch. And we even find out how he lost his eye.

Captain Marvel Review

Empowerment and Confidence

The dynamic between Brie Larson’s character and Samuel L. Jackson’s character is a very fun one, and I hope to see more of it. But more over what resonated so much with me was the sheer empowerment and confidence that Brie Larson’s character, Carol Danvers, radiates. She makes it seem as if it’s this completely normal thing. Which is something that a lot of people no matter which gender could learn from. We all wanna feel empowered and confident, but we all struggle with it. So, it might be time to take a page out of Captain Marvel’s book.

The Marvel element

There are a bunch of easter eggs for other Marvel movies that chronologically happen in the future, but in reality were released before Captain Marvel. So, if you needed an excuse to rewatch all the Marvel movies you got one. It contains enough easter eggs to satisfy the longer-standing fans, but it’s also fresh enough to maybe reel in a completely new fanbase.

Captain Marvel has a different way of storytelling compared to previous Marvel movies, but no less enticing. With amazing visuals and stunning shots Indie-directors Anna Boden and Ryan fleck make it a joy to watch. Add to that the stellar cast and the Marvel element and you’ve got yourself another awesome superhero movie, but this time with a badass female lead.

Captain Marvel Review

The end

It’s Marvel, if you love Marvel movies you’re almost definitely going to love this one. And if you’re a woman you’re also definitely going to want to watch it, even if you’re not interested in Marvel. Because very rarely have I left a movie theater feeling as if I could take on the world because a character, I could identify with, just kicked some serious butt. But don’t take my word or anyone else’s for it, just go see it for yourself and let me know what you think.

Also, most Marvel fans already know this, but just on the off chance you don’t; please stay until after the credits because Marvel always gives a little something extra to its audience. A first look at Avengers: Endgame that is.

 

‘Captain Marvel’ is now out in theaters everywhere.

Photo Credits: Marvel

Captain Marvel Review
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