Marvel movies are known for their action-packed, story driven plots, and Captain Marvel is no exception. With the build-up to the release of Avengers: Endgame later this month, Marvel has been releasing feature films with backstories on all of their major characters. For Captain Marvel, fans were hoping to see an interesting and fulfilling story to close any gaps in the plot for the upcoming finale.
Captain Marvel is the story about Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), an Air Force pilot who was adopted as an intergalactic warrior for the nation Kree. She fights with her team against the people of Skrull in an conflict between the two races. After a struggle with the Skrull, she finds herself on earth, a familiar yet strange place for her. There, she teams up with a young Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and learns more about her past before her life on Kree. She realizes that the Kree are the aggressors against the innocent Skrull and begins trying to help the Skrull. After battling her former comrades, she gives Fury an intergalactic pager in case he has any problems back on earth. The end of this feature shows the pager after being pressed in Avenger: Infinity War as Fury is being disintegrated after the snap of the mad titan Thanos.
As the first Marvel movie about a woman superhero, Captain Marvel emanates a strong theme of girl power. In the film, Danvers has been plagued all her life with people telling her that she could not do something because she is a girl. From playing baseball when she was a kid to training for the Air Force, she struggled with gender roles and expectations throughout her life. The main antagonist and former mentor, Yon Rogg (Jude Law), persistently reminds Danvers to keep control of her emotions, a sexist notion on that women cannot control their emotions. This movie joins other recent groundbreaking movies like Wonder Woman in an era of films whose message is that gender does not define one's identity.
Aside from Brie Larson’s roll, an amazing cast of side characters also helped turn Captain Marvel into a box-office hit.. Samuel L. Jackson, who plays a younger Nick Fury and companion to Danvers, works well with Larson, and they play convincing friends with their conversation flowing, not just in words, but in facial expressions and gestures. My personal favorite side character was the Flurgen, the alien name for cat in the movie. The cat’s real name is Goose, who uses his special abilities in the later battles which make for some awesome special effects as he transforms between his cat and monster form.
The story followed the classic “the people on your side are not actually the people fighting for good” idea, with some slight tweaking. The characters did make up for the predictability of the plot, though. This movie’s plot was designed so it could hit different relevant details from past movies, including the Kree and Skrull races being introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy. This problem resonates in more superhero movies than just Captain Marvel, but it does its job of pulling everything together in the end. The visual effects were entertaining, but occasionally also distracted from the simplistic story. The effects were not overused, and gave the movie a believable superhero feeling. A good example of this occurs when Danvers enters the fake world that the AI ruler of the Kree resides in. It shows many visuals as anything can appear in that world.
Captain Marvel is a entertaining film for the most part and is a “must-see” to finalize every part of the Marvel Comic Universe before the long-awaited Avengers: Endgame. With reviews above the 70 percent range on both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, beating films out currently like “Pet Sematary” and “Dumbo,” “Captain Marvel” is definitely worth a watch!