After 10 years of building a cinematic universe, Marvel finally brought the world a female lead superhero movie. Captain Marvel is the origin story for Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), a former fighter pilot who obtains super powers far greater than those we have seen before. She has to learn how to use them to stop a war between two alien races while also figuring out who she truly is and where she came from.
From the trailers, I had low expectations going into this movie. It looked like just another origin story from Marvel, not much different than those that came before it. For the most part, this ended up being true as it doesn’t bring anything new to an origin story and follows the (admittedly proven) Marvel formula. The movie itself really gets off to a rough start. The first 45 minutes is complicated and throws the audience into worlds never previously mentioned and a war between alien races that we aren’t familiar with. Personally, I was having a hard time keeping track of the plot and characters for the first half of the movie.
Once the titular character comes to Earth, meets up with Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, and starts to learn all of her powers, the movie settles in and becomes more focused. It’s a lot easier to follow and just generally more entertaining. The action scenes are plentiful and well executed.
The visual effects also seem to take a step forward and the movie looks really, really good.
Captain Marvel’s powers are never really explained which is becoming a frustrating part of superhero movies. However, they are actually utilized, rather than fight scenes just becoming a boxing match between superpowered beings (looking at you Wonder Woman). I’m interested to see how they incorporate these powers into future movies, as there doesn’t seem to be a limit to them. She seems to be an unstoppable hero which could complicate her involvement in other movies.
The strongest part of the movie is Brie Larson. She is one of the strongest overall actors in the current MCU, and that remains evident in this role. You can tell she is having a lot of fun with it, while also bringing depth to the more emotional moments. It’s exciting to see actors and actresses of her caliber starting to take on roles like this. It allows everyone to start to take these movies more seriously.
Overall, Captain Marvel is a strong, but far from perfect entry into the MCU. It struggles to find it’s footing, but is very entertaining once it does. Brie Larson is fantastic in the titular role and I’m excited to see her in future movies. There have been rumors that her and her character will take over as the face of the MCU from Tony Stark’s Iron Man, and I’m okay with that possibility. I recommend this to any fans of superhero movies, even casual ones.
Captain Marvel earns a Positive ROP.
Ratings from low to high: Felony, Misdemeanor, 10-4, Positive ROP, Golden Donut)