It’s the first movie in the 10-year history of the MCU where we have a female Super lead, and god it’s refreshing.
Funny, serious and even a bit sober, Captain Marvel is a flashback origin story, set in the 1990’s, where we learn how Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) came to be super powered. It’s directed and written by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who do a great job bringing one of my favourite characters to the MCU with that smatter of humour which has become so familiar, and a trademark of these films. We see some incredible cameos from Blockbuster movies (note the ‘Babe’ movie poster) CD-Roms and AltaVista, which will make younger fans clutch their iPhones, look to the heavens and give thanks to Steve Jobs when they realise that’s how we lived.
When we meet her, Carol is a noble Kree warrior, who is photon powered and has her emotions in check. She’s almost Vulcan – which I feel you need a moment to appreciate, before you judge Larson on why some of her reactions to events are quite… “meh”. Fans of the Guardians Of The Galaxy will appreciate the Kree and some Marvel galactic references/faces that are included in the film. Danvers is sent on a mission to suss out some scumbag Skrulls, who are a bunch of alien shape-shifting bad-news-types to the galaxy. The Skrulls could be anywhere or anyone, which make them a really fun antagonist and one I’d LOVE to see more of in the MCU. Hint-hint, MCU: Phase 178.
Captain Marvel’s mission goes pretty badly. Badly enough that she finds herself on Earth, which is referred to as “shithole” by Gemma Chan’s sharp shooter character. And after being around all that Kree technology, the dial-up internet that she encounters on 90s Earth should be the movie’s second villain. Also, Marvel launched an amazing ‘retro’ 90’s Captain Marvel website which is full of Geocities realness.
There are some incredible supporting characters: Carol’s fighter pilot pal Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), Shield Agent youngster Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) and Skrull Talos (Ben Mendelsohn). We see some of Fury’s origin story, which is a little distracting especially as most of the budget has seemingly gone on Samuel L. Jackson’s digitally de-aged face. If you want light buddy comedy moments, then you want Danvers and Fury.
The one thing that really stuck out is how Boden and Fleck scripted the movie with no love interest for Carol. All the other Marvel leads have one: Thor has Natalie Portman, Star-Lord has Gamora, and Captain America has Bucky. But Carol is just kicking ass across the galaxy and doing her own thing. A strong message from the film is that you do not need a man, and girl, if you fall down you get right back up again.
Obviously, the post credit scene(s) is(are) IMPORTANT. WINK. OMG. PAGER.
Captain Marvel is on general release in cinemas 8th March 2019.
Comic Book Profile
Name: Carol Danvers
Alias: Ms Marvel, Warbird, Binary, Captain Marvel.
- Alpha Flight
- The Avengers
- The X-Men
- Guardians Of The Galaxy
Powers: Kree/Human hybrid – Carol has superhuman strength, durability and flight. She can also absorb and project energy blasts.
Did you know?
The X-Man Rogue used her mutant powers to absorb Carol’s super-strength, flight and her memories semi-permanently until a time that X-Men leader Professor Xavier could restore them to Carol, who was left side-lined in a coma.