Review: ‘Captain Marvel’ sparks new wave, face in Marvel Cinematic Universe


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By Andrew Van

Brie Larson, Samuel Jackson and Stan Lee all in one movie means one thing: The Marvel Universe is back, and it is stepping up its game with this fresh origin story.

“Captain Marvel”, directed Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, delivers the story of Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), who goes on a mission to save Kree (her species) from an enemy called Skrulls. This mission causes her to get stranded on planet earth, where she discovers secrets of the Skrulls and her own past.

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Overall, the film was creative. Fans won’t be disappointed, or at least they shouldn’t be. This movie has been long overdue and steps in the right track. Captain Marvel is likely to be the future face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and this film proves that statement.

Samuel L. Jackson ages down to play Nick Fury prior to his reign with the Avengers. His character is such a pleasure that it would have been nice to gain more character development through his interactions with Captain Marvel. Even if we got more of a glimpse of Fury’s past, that would have been satisfactory.

The two other strong human characters, Maria (Lashana Lynch) and her daughter, brought a new dynamic and personal growth to Captain Marvel’s character. It would be nice to see them return in “Avengers: Endgame”, as once again, they were great characters who needed more airtime (especially her daughter).

The structure of “Captain Marvel” can cause you to be a little lost, since it jumps in time quite a bit. Its structure may be comparable to “Arrival”, but it felt like “Arrival” had a stronger way of exemplifying time and memories.

The true hero of the story, however, is Goose. What many earthlings would call a cat turns out to be something a little more than just a friendly pet. Goose should bring a little comic relief to any cat lover, but also proves to be a worthy animal sidekick.

Verdict: 8/10

Most Avenger fans go into a screening for a good time, and shouldn’t be disappointed with this fun film. While it isn’t deemed the best Marvel movie of all time, it delivers a strong origin story that will definitely play part in the new “Avengers: Endgame” (oh yes, stay for the post-credit scene that may shock you).