Marvel Cinematic Universe has shown us female superheroes before like Black Widow and Scarlet Witch; however the release of “Captain Marvel” on March 8, 2019 gave audiences the first Marvel movie with one at the center.
The film stars Brie Larson as Vers, a warrior hero from the planet Hala. Her people (the Kree) are engaged in an intergalactic war with a shapeshifting race called the Skrulls. Fighting alongside her are other Kree warriors, including Yon-Rogg played by Jude Law and Doctor Minerva played by Gemma Chan, until she finds herself alone on Earth in the year 1995.
After having recurring flashbacks from a life as US Air Force pilot Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel goes on a search to understand who she is and what has happened to her. Joined by S.H.I.E.L.D Agent Nick Fury on her journey, the two uncover secrets about the Kree, the Skrulls and how powerful she actually is.
The film had a number of enthralling and refreshing elements regarding plot and creativity, and there were likable and relatable characters present throughout the journey. The fight scenes were entertaining and varying in their intensity. With witty characters Danvers and Fury, enjoyable banter and jokes were ubiquitous, making the film that much more watchable.
The movie was a fun and entertaining origin story as a whole, but it was not nearly as good as “Black Panther.” Goose the cat was a cute addition but felt unnecessary. “Captain Marvel” did have good plot twists, however, and a unique way of telling Danver’s story.
With strong female characters, including Danvers, her old friend Maria and Kree Doctor Minerva, this film was a a great piece for women empowerment. Believable and compelling, Brie Larson did an incredible job of playing Captain Marvel.
The film had one of the biggest world-wide movie openings since 2002. Many jumped to see “Captain Marvel” as it was released. This includes an MJHS student who was eager to watch the Marvel movie.
The student, referencing the events of “Avengers: Infinity War” and the next movie in the franchise, “Avengers: Endgame,” said, “This was the last movie before the entire MCU gets turned on its side in Endgame. She was the last piece. She was the thing we needed to get so we can put an end to Thanos and undo the dissemination.”
Marvel gave us a determined, powerful female to root for in “Captain Marvel.” The second female superhero to get her own major Hollywood movie, Carol Danvers is an unstoppable force that is empowering everyone. Many agree it was not Marvel’s best movie, and it is not certain that she will be the one to stop Thanos, however it is clear that Captain Marvel has become a feminist icon and an instrumental piece in the next “Avengers” film.