Captain Marvel Could Have Been MARVELous


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Susana Leon, Movie Critic

“Captain Marvel,” has been one of the anticipated movies of 2019. The countdown is over now that Marvel Studios released its newest adventure-packed film “Captain Marvel” directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. This new Marvel movie grossed $153 million opening weekend and $455 million worldwide.

“Captain Marvel” is all about introducing the main characer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe before her introduction in “Avengers: Endgame.” Carol Danvers a.k.a Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) is in the middle of an intergalactic war between the shapeshifting Skrulls and her people. She struggles with her identity as flashbacks from her previous life haunt her. Then in a turn of events eventually crashes on earth. There she meets Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and it is all history from there. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson)  tries to help Danvers (Larson) with her memories in attempting to figure out her past as well as keeping her power in control. Aside from all that, she is trying to protect earth from the Skrulls.

The film had really impressive CGI effects. They did a great job making Nick Fury

(Jackson) and Agent Coulson (Clark Greg) young. The scenes and sets were visually appealing with Captain Marvel’s suit most impressive. Marvel Studios did cause major nostalgia with old cars, music, and 90s references.

Even though this superhero movie is very generic and predictable it still had its moments. We have Larson’s (Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers) great chemistry with Jackson (Nick Fury), of course, as this duo bonds over the entire movie they really build up a relationship in the time she is on earth making this seem like the “buddy-cop movie” of MCU.

“Captain Marvel” is pretty goofy as always. MCU always has a way to sneak some jokes. There are so many battling sequences to show how mighty and fearless Captain Marvel (Larson) is, yet, also attempting to show her insecurity. This film is very cultured due to the comics behind this character and how people have knowledge over this female heroine.

In the end, even though I am biased when it comes to Marvel, this time it was disappointing. Even though I did enjoy the superhero cliches along with the cool battling sequences, the references and some humor behind it, I just felt that it was too predictable. There were some elements missing where the film does not give many contexts about her past life before her powers.

Marvel is introduced as a superhero and no surprise ends as a superhero. MCU made Captain Marvel a very non-flawed superhero who has all the powers that attempt to make you see she is the best superhero.

Even though Larson is a good actress who had a great connection to her co-star, I still feel that she was replaceable in her role. I could see any other actress playing Captain Marvel who would dominate that role.

I give it a 3.5 out of 5 out of stars this movie did have potential but it just seemed very rushed. I recommend to rent it and save the popcorn for the microwave.