Marvel may have been a trailblazer when it comes to the extended universe and willingness to spend big money on a primarily black casted superhero franchise, but they’ve also been a step behind when it comes to giving a woman the lead in her own picture. More than 20 films into their MCU and they’ve finally taken that leap of faith. Now, while this film may not reach for the heights of DC’s near perfect ‘Wonder Woman’ film, ‘Captain Marvel’ is still quite marvelous.
The film is absolutely littered with all the typical tropes and humor that make Marvel movies such a trusted brand, but the thing that sets this one apart is its heart. It takes a while to get there, but when the strength of Carol Danvers finally meets that wonderful feminine humanity, it becomes one of the sweetest superhero films you will ever see. That might be an issue for some trolling men out there, but it should be a breath of fresh air to the rest of us.
For the most part, this film is a stunning science fiction story about a woman who is learning the truth behind a metaphysical gift she seems to have been given by a race called the Kree. This woman only knows herself as Vers, but she will eventually find that her name is Carol Danvers and there is so much more to her past then she could have ever imagined. Isn’t it always that way with amnesia stories. The big difference her is that our lead is heading towards more than just twisty revelations. There is something much sweeter and heartfelt awaiting Carol.
Luckily for us, Marvel has picked the perfect actress to fill these huge shoes. Brie Larson delivers a strong, humorous, and heart filled performance. She is a perfect hero for a new generation of young girls that deserve role models like this and young boys who no longer have to only look up to the same stereotypes. Strength is more than just muscles and masculinity. It’s also love, friendship, sacrifice, and a whole lot of energy. Which is exactly what makes this Captain so marvelous. She is pure energy.
On top of all these heroics, the movie delivers a clever plot involving a race called the Skrulls that’s much more interesting than first look would indicate. Then there’s the fact that the movie takes place before almost any of the other Marvel films and cleverly fills in a lot of interesting questions that fans have had for years. Much of this involves a masterfully de-aged Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson looking 20 years younger) and his revelations along the almost buddy cop nature of the story. Much of the best moments in the film involve banter between Fury and Danvers.
Jude Law and Annette Bening also step into the MCU here with a couple intriguing performances that really help illuminate Danvers character. There are also a plethora of other actors that deliver solid work here and a few characters that you’ve seen before, in very different Marvel films. The talent involved here, across the board, is just wonderful. They deliver a film with huge laughs, fantasy, heart, and some hella photon blasts pouring out of Danvers hands. This film deserves all the love it can get.