And Carol Danvers is every bit as awesome as you had hoped. Considering Captain Marvel is half-Kree, viewers should look out for their role in the film. And without saying much, that cat is more important to the plot then you probably think...
The film definitely benefits from having a female director on board. In fact, backlash against star Brie Larson touting her efforts to make sure the film was "a big feminist movie" and the press junket wasn't "overwhelmingly white male" got bad enough that Rotten Tomatoes chose to make some big changes. She's been living among the alien Kree for years and has earned herself a position on an elite commando unit under the leadership of Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) - but she has no memory of her life before. I'm directing S.H.I.E.L.D. now.
The trolls complained more, and said they would boycott "Captain Marvel" - even though the movie's advance sales were breaking records back in January. "Luckily, Captain Marvel doesn't have to be better than all of the MCU's previous films to be something enjoyable".
"'Captain Marvel' mostly plays like a perfectly solid addition to this massive commercial franchise". And Larson, a perceptive, low-key actor, carries the whole affair capably; she smiles just the right amount, which is not a lot. And she'll probably win, even if she ends up a bit worse for wear. Allison Shoemaker of effect of Sounds, however, suggested the most thrilling thing about the movie "is the anticipation it inspires for what's coming next".
A big part of the story is the close friendship between Carol Danvers and Maria Rambeau. The rest of the cast including Clark Gregg, Djimon Hounsou, Gemma Chan and Lashana Lynch are all fine, the latter playing a key part in solving the mystery of Vers' human past as we see how she lived in quieter times. Before Carol, he had never met someone with superpowers and questioned the existence of outside worlds. Jackson himself has been all smiles on the press tour and seems to enjoy seeing his own character's origin story.
"Captain Marvel" starts off with a dream and remains deliberately hazy and confusing through the setup scenes - reflecting the uncertainty of Larson's Vers, who has spent the last half-dozen years living on the planet Kree, unable to remember her life before living on the planet Kree, unable to remember her life before she was rescued from an earlier crash by the military commander Yon-Rogg (Jude Law). They're going to stand in Captain Marvel's way or at least, they will try to. Lynch's Maria is a ideal compliment to Larson's Danvers. She is flawless as Carol, and the character is never once sexualized. She can also handle the humor and is particularly adept at nailing smirks, side-eyes, and witty comebacks. It's a refreshing return to the origin story formula that allows Carol to gleefully occupy the same spaces that the MCU has previously reserved exclusively for men.More news: Facebook Messenger dark mode is here: How to unlock it
And the fact that the film takes place in the '90s is a genius choice. There is not a standout "Oh Wow!" moment that you immediately want to rewind and see again. You bond with Carol and her alter ego because of Larson's work.
She doesn't have the elegance and aura that Gal Gadot does in Wonder Woman, and her looks are rather plain too. When Jackson and Larsen get into "buddy cop" mode is when it is best. Goose is the real MVP and I need him in every MCU film from now on.
CAT! CAT! I can't write about Captain Marvel and not mention Goose.
"The ongoing joke with him, because Captain Marvel can move planets, so I was like, I just want to be able to push your auto", Larson explained. There are several lulls, especially in the first act. And yes, another tease will be served up in a mid-credits scene.
The MCU's newest hero, Captain Marvel, has entered the fray literally swinging, with a cosmic-flavored origin story that feels like a much-needed fresh approach to the classic Marvel Phase One formula.