'Captain Marvel' star Brie Larson pushes for off-screen inclusion

'Captain Marvel' star Brie Larson pushes for off-screen inclusion

But all that changes - finally! - with the introduction of a stand-alone female Marvel superhero.

It's a good week to be Brie Larson.

"Captain Marvel is acceptably entertaining", Stephanie Zacharek writes for TIME, later calling it "not bad". While all three of these people find themselves muted and hamstrung by the requirements of the Marvel machine, Captain Marvel does make a stellar argument for the three of them coming back together to make a thrilling neo-noir. And it's also quite enjoyable and evocative - most of the time. Make no mistake, Carol's superpowers have nothing to do with empathy or warmth - her strength is completely derived from a ideal Molotov cocktail of spite and stubbornness, which is an absolute joy to watch unfold.

"Captain Marvel isn't exactly marvellous", concludes Brian Viner in the Daily Mail.

"The picture is not tiresome, exactly, just mundane", writes Todd McCarthy from The Hollywood Reporter.

The storytelling is perfunctory at best: The characters are not dramatically introduced with any sense of interest or intrigue, the writing, dialogue and direction are pedestrian, and the visuals are sometimes, albeit not always, muddy.
However, in most superhero flicks, the girl is usually just the heroe's love interest. It's unusual to feel the MCU suddenly pivot back to the pure origin story routine after the last two years have been so experimental, and it's hard not to walk away wishing that Carol would have gotten the Black Panther or Spider-Man treatment with an introduction built into a previous movie to help add a bit more narrative weight. "I'm excited to share her with the world". Toss some shape-shifting aliens called Skrulls led by a general named Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) and an intergalactic conspiracy into the mix and you've got yourself a proper superheroic party. Can she wake up from the oppressive (read: patriarchal) mind-set of the conventions that bind her?

In a piece based on an online "rumor", Esquire tells us about Marvel's newest (hypothetical) film that will certainly generate far more buzz than "Captain Marvel", if/when it is ever made. When she first arrives on Earth, Vers's steely martial alienness clashes charmingly against the earthlings of 1994, but as soon as the Skrull hit the fan that whimsy disappears and is replaced by brutal efficiency. And that makes for a rouser of a journey. She's been living among the alien Kree for years and has earned herself a position on an elite commando unit under the leadership of Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) - but she has no memory of her life before.

As to why Captain Marvel eventually ditches the Kree teal and blue for her trademark superhero look?

Brie Larson in a Rodarte gown at the premiere of "Captain Marvel" in Los Angeles, March 4, 2019.

Larson has also been heaped with praise for her performance. Carol's arc is defined by shedding those bonds to that identity and to her mentor/father figure, speaking and acting with directness.

The action scenes are playful and engaging to watch with Larson's physicality and choreography really taking center stage during every fight. But all of this is more or less prescribed by the role.

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Ms. Danvers has no such luck, and Larson - an Oscar-winner whose natural protectiveness is poorly served by such a self-satisfied character - has little to do beyond mug for the camera and spout third-rate one-liners to any of the men who get in her way.

It must be said that light-speed seems an odd MacGuffin for a cinematic universe where characters are forever hopping from one star system to another, but whatever. So she settles for quips and second-hand glimpses into whatever life she used to live.

Boden is also the first female director to helm an MCU movie. Via ComicBook.com, Marvel's Kevin Feige explained why Captain Marvel moved away from the familiar trope.

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