‘Captain Marvel’ Review: Hell yes, Carol Danvers!

Written by Perry Wyatt |

On Friday, I went to the midnight premiere of Marvel’s new movie ‘Captain Marvel’ at the Phoenix Cinema in Falmouth and I left in the early hours of the morning absolutely buzzing with happiness for the new movie.

This review will include spoilers from ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, the new film itself and my predictions for ‘Avengers: Endgame’. 

Alas at the end of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ I shed many tears for the deaths of some of my favourite characters and felt like my emotions had just been put through a blender – I was a mess. But as the ominous end credits rolled, as a good Marvel true fan, I stayed put and I was rewarded with the pager containing the Captain Marvel logo. I was so excited I jumped in my seat and made a shriek that sounded like a mouse had been stood on (my emotions were very out of whack). Then at the first trailer I was incredibly excited to see a female comic-book hero finally brace the Marvel cinematic universe. 

Captain Marvel has by far one of the most complicated comic book origins I have ever encountered but ultimately, she is an incredibly strong, female hero and a personal favourite of mine. I was apprehensive for how the comic-book would translate into a film but I was not disappointed by the changes that were made. Captain Marvel has stories within Marvel including the Avengers and X-Men and is also known by many other names such as Ace, Binary, Warbird and Ms. Marvel. Naturally, I was concerned as to which storyline they would follow in order to form the hero. 

‘Captain Marvel’. Starring Brie Larson. Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Marvel Studios.

Brie Larson does an amazing job as ‘Vers’ a Kree war hero and formerly Carol Danvers and U.S Pilot. She brought the role to life and I found her portrayal thoroughly enjoyable. Likewise, Jude Law does very well as an unexpected villain. Given the diversion from the comics I was in the dark as to the role of the characters, but I found the plot really drove home all of Danvers’ feelings about her situation. 

The story is the good ol’ superhero movie format but with the added edge of new elements, character and powers. I felt the plot had stamina and the interactions with old and new characters in the form of Agent Fury and Agent Coulson had me enthralled enough to forget about the snacks I had bought. I found that the goal of finding Danvers’ past never grew boring and though the story was heavily reliant on flashbacks it didn’t deter much of the pace. Also, the 90s vibe that was constant through the movie I really enjoyed, it made me reminiscent of the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ soundtrack. 

Unfortunately, some fans were not pleased or confused to say the least with some of the plot additions to Captain Marvel’s story. I really enjoyed the Tessaract’s presence in the film and I particularly enjoyed how Danvers put the uber-powerful infinity stone in a lunch box. However, canonically, the people I saw the film with debated the timeline of the Tessaract and how it would get from where it is at the end of ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ to in a Kree space ship. I was willing to accept this possibility, but there was argument that this was a plot hole. 

The presence of Captain Marvel in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ definitely changes things for the Avengers. They have more of a chance of defeating Thanos and returning things back to the way they were. The generous ten-second clip from Endgame revealed Captain Marvel interacting with the team in an effortless cool gesture of literally just showing up. 

Though I can acknowledge the problems that the film has, I would still rank it very highly among Marvel films. The dialogue is fuelled with classic Marvel humour and everything down to the music is incredible, regarding the show’s attention to detail. 

And, lest not forget, finally, Marvel gave us a female superhero movie! After years of teasing about a Black Widow movie and the success regarding DC’s ‘Wonder Woman’ I am angry they have not done one sooner. There are so many awesome, plot-rich, female superheroes within the Marvel universe that have not been touched by Marvel and quite frankly, it is an atrocity. The world is 50% female and if this movie teaches us anything, its that women are strong as hell. 

It was brilliant marketing that ‘Captain Marvel’ was released on the same day as International Women’s Day. The film is consistent with Carol being underestimated by individuals, particularly men. Meaning it is ever so cathartic when she kicks their asses. The theme of getting back up and determination really drives the film forward and supercharges the character. 

Though we have some wonderfully strong women (Black Widow and Peggy Carter) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe it was wonderful to finally have a solo movie about one. It was a photo-blast-filled, fun journey of self-discovery that made me leave the cinema feeling empowered. 

Thanos, she is coming for you. 

Featured Image: Courtesy of Marvel