Movie – Captain Marvel
Cast – Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Clark Gregg, Annette Benning, Gemma Chan
Director – Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Unlike Avengers: Infinity War, which gave us a sneak peek into the beginning of the end, Captain Marvel takes us back to the era when it all started. Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) newest hero is searching for her roots and piercing through the layers of lies and deceits, with overwhelming 90s rock soundtracks in the background.
Add to that, humorous punch lines and a really cool cat, and you’ll land up at Carol Danvers ‘ original story, which is potentially Avengers’s secret weapon: Endgame.
Probably Captain Marvel is the easiest Marvel movie till date. You don’t need a backstory, you don’t need to know the trivia, and to find Easter eggs you don’t need to dig into previous movies. It just works fine as an independent film
The movie starts with Vers (Brie Larson), a Kree Starforce elite member who gets flashes about an unknown past. Under the guidance of Yon – Rogg (Jude Law) on planet Kree, she is learning to deal with her troubles. She’s far from winning the battle, though.
Carol lands on planet C-53 (Earth) in 1995 after a space mission against the’ bad guys ‘ Skrulls is going wrong. She meets Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) here and the two hit him off immediately. Carol and Nick’s bonding has a calming effect. While Jackson is like Nick Fury an absolute delight, Larson seems apprehensive about jumping into it with all his heart. You miss the badass superhero you wanted to lead the first woman superhero film from Marvel.
We saw the origins of Captain America, Iron Man and Hulk, and Captain Marvel follows a similar formula, but it seems new, thanks to the perfect permutation and combination of Anna Boden-Ryan Fleck, the director duo. Most of the original films were based on a superhero’s theme losing his powers, for example, what can Thor do without his Mjolnir? But the opposite is done by Captain Marvel. In the moment she gains her power, the female superhero loses everything.
The film also delves into the topic of portraying women as the weaker gender and scans for references the life of Carol. She fights societal norms in her life, but writing is devoid of depth. After every fall, however, her fierce comeback puts the screen on fire.
Then comes Reggie the Cat, Captain Marvel’s real star. Her unapologetic stance deserves a spin-off.
Furthermore, Carol doesn’t need armors and is happy to get into a fistfight. It’s really enjoyable with due credit to stunt choreographers and CGI team.
Captain Marvel is an enjoyable and robust MCU entrant. Although Carol Danvers has a long way to prove herself to be the strongest superhero, she has definitely set her foot right.