In a time before the Avengers assembled, specifically the mid-1990s, Earth was unintentionally in the middle of a war between two alien races and needed someone to rise up and quash it. Earth needed a new kind of hero and when the time came, Earth’s Mightiest flew into the fray. Brie Larson flies into action in the newest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel.
Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck definitely do not disappoint with their take on perhaps the strongest hero the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ever seen. They, along with Geneva Robertson-Dworet, wrote a story that is loaded with twists, humor, heart and enough clout to elevate Marvel’s first female-led superhero adventure into the stratosphere! I’m not going to say it’s a perfect movie but all-in-all, when the post-credits scenes were finished, I’m came away very satisfied and very excited about what is going to happen next!
Going in, I had a fair understanding of the title character’s origin story but the initiative they took in adapting the story so that it can stand apart from other heroes in and out of Marvel’s canon but also stand on its own while also allowing the audience to take part in, and invest in, Carol uncovering the mysteries of her past and coming into her own as a hero.
The plot has a lot of material to unravel, from how the Kree and the Skrulls play a part in this film, to how characters like Nick Fury and Phil Coulson fit in, to how she essentially is the inspiration behind the Avengers’ Initiative in the first place but all of it is not lost on the audience. Truthfully, I enjoyed the ride Captain Marvel had to offer and it was a very smooth ride entirely.
Brie Larson stepped into this role and took off with her toughness, wit, charm, humor and the rapport she had with a digitally de-aged Samuel L. Jackson was really fun to watch. The rest of the cast were very good, including Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Benning, Clark Gregg, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Akira Akbar, Gemma Chan, Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, Chuku Modu, Matthew Maher, Mark Daugherty and McKenna Grace.
The music under Pinar Toprak was eclectic and fun, Ben Davis’ cinematography is great, Debbie Berman and Elliot Graham’s editing is solid, Andy Nicholson’s production design is good, the art direction under Andrew Max Cahn is well done, Lauri Gaffin’s set decoration is good, Sanja Milkovic Hays’ costumes were very cool and the visual effects live up to the standards of a Marvel movie.
Suffice to say, I think Captain Marvel introduced Marvel’s strongest hero in the smoothest way possible at the very best time. Now that we know who Captain Marvel is and what she is capable of, I go into the next installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe satisfied and more anticipatory than ever because now Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are getting big time reinforcements for their next bout with the Mad Titan.