Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel Review #3

Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel Review #3

Cast members Brie Larson and Mckenna Grace speak at the premiere for the movie "Captain Marvel" in Los Angeles, California March 4, 2019.

She doesn't have the elegance and aura that Gal Gadot does in Wonder Woman, and her looks are rather plain too.

Yes, you will get to find out more about that special intergalactic pager Fury used before he vaporised.

For the eponymous hero (played by Oscar victor Brie Larson) - who shoots thunderbolts from her fists, can pilot any spacecraft and actually fly unaided herself - this change of emphasis is significant. It's quick movements and quicker cuts leaving viewers without an "ahh!" moment like Captain America: The Winter Soldier's (2014) elevator fight or Wonder Woman's battle across the No Man's Land.

Lynch found her way into acting by being a musician and after attending a fine arts school where they break out into song during lunch (I'm not joking), she was confident about what she wanted to do and instead of asking what she should do with her career, she told people what she wanted to do. Anyone who wants to keep riding the high of their excitement for this film should start here.

There's also been a lot of focus on the soundtrack, which is full of empowered "90s needle drops - No Doubt's 'I'm Just A Girl" features, because of course it does. While there are things that frustrate Danvers about life as Captain Marvel - the big one being that she's automatically disqualified from claiming any aviation records of her own due to her abilities, doing good and pushing herself further past the horizon are not only a duty, but a calling - a core part of her being. Set in the 1990s, it is about Carol Danvers, a former US Air Force pilot who joins the elite Kree military team called Starforce. You meet and work with a whole new group of people. "Who is Captain Marvel?".

Review: 'Captain Marvel' gets an average introduction
Retro 'Captain Marvel' Is Empowering But So-So Superhero Filler

Like all Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, the screenplay takes minor and major liberties with the comic-book incarnations of Carol and company. The film manages to introduce an exciting new character to the MCU while simultaneously setting up audiences for April's new Avengers movie, "Avengers: Endgame". I love the ways they present space and movement.

On the flip side, the film has some noticeable drawbacks that its Marvel brethren (and pointedly, this movie only has brothers) do not, starting with the performances.

The first female-led movie of the MCU deserved more. Danvers only assumed the mantle of Captain Marvel - a role that has had several inhabitants, much like Spider-Man - in 2012. You won't have to tell us.

It takes the rest of the film for her to put the pieces of her past together, discovering the identity of an older woman (Annette Bening) who reappears in a vision, and reconnecting with an old friend (Lashana Lynch) who's become a mother since they last hung out.

A compilation of reviews published by EW reveals some critics saying that Captain Marvel is a "mundane" film "marked by unimaginative plotting", a "generic" superhero film, a film that does not "approach the ranks of top tier Marvel movies", or a grim film where no one seems to be having much fun. Will you give us a chance to enjoy this, and not tear it down immediately, even if you don't like it? I appreciate it. And I look forward to talk about our theories and our favorite scenes after we watch Captain Marvel together.

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