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Captain Marvel released in theaters

Photo By: MovieWeb

3-12-2019

Francesco Corso, Staff Writer

With “Avengers Endgame” being only about two months away, a lot of riding on the shoulders of Captain Marvel as the last solo film before the big finale that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been building towards. The film plays an important role in setting up the character who is very clearly the strongest MCU hero to date. Thankfully, despite that pressure, the film is able to stick the landing and deliver an enjoyable experience.

The film stars Brie Larson as an extraterrestrial Kree warrior referred to as Vers who is involved in a war between her people and the Skrull, a race of shapeshifting aliens capable to perfectly copying the form any living creature.

The film bases itself on the premise that Vers is unable to remember anything from her past and is constantly haunted by visions of the past she can’t remember. After being captured by the Skrull during a mission, Vers is able to escape only the crash into a 1995 Los Angeles, where Vers teams up with a younger and two-eyed Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, in order to piece together what the Skrull are looking for and defeat them.

Overall, this premise works in order to give Vers an arc throughout the film, that really hasn’t been explored in an MCU movie before. It also helps to break up the slower pacing that origin superhero movies tend to be plagued with, by allowing the backstory to be distilled slowly rather than all at once at the beginning allowing for some muchneeded action sequences early in the film. The first half still drags a bit, but not as much thankfully. Overall Larson does a good job in the leading role with the exception of a few scenes towards the beginning of the film where she seems to lack expression. Jackson, on the other hand, is still the same Nick Fury that fans have come to know and love. Generally speaking the chemistry between Larson and Jackson is pretty strong and the overall dynamic between the two is very enjoyable to watch.

Many of the film’s supporting actors also do a fairly good job in their roles, with notable performances by Jude Law as Yon-Rogg and Clark Gregg as a young Phil Coulson. No particular performance seems to be off in any way aside from the occasional scene like the ones mentioned above.

A major staple in the MCU has always been the humor. Here the humor is very much focused on the 1990’s setting, with many of the jokes focusing in on ‘90s technology and popular culture. A number of now-defunct staples from the ’90s appear including Blockbuster Video, Radio Shack and dial-up internet, to name a few. While many of these jokes are pretty funny, they are likely to be lost on younger audiences unfamiliar with the time period. Overall, the film is not as humorous as movies like Guardians of the Galaxy of Spiderman Homecoming, but there are still a fair number of laughs along the way.

Pre-release a number of people online were concerned that due to a series of controversial comments that the film was going to take a major political stance that was in line with Larson’s comments. Those worries, however, were completely unwarranted as like every other MCU film with the exception of Black Panther, Captain Marvel shies away from anything related to real-world politics, instead opting to use its status as the first female-led movie in the MCU to leave an empowering message to young girls, as well as pretty much any viewer. Never give up on your dreams even in the face of naysayers and adversity.

The final and probably most important thing to note about the film was the very touching

tribute for late Marvel Comics writer Stan Lee, which is best experienced for oneself. In addition, Lee has

one of, if not, his final cameo in a movie, ever. In addition, Kelly Sue DeConnick, a writer for the Captain Marvel comics also makes a cameo. These appearances are great as they show some love to the original source material that the movie is based on. Overall, Captain Marvel is a fun ride from start to finish, even if it still takes a while to actually get going.