A Superhero for the Next Generation: "Captain Marvel" Review

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Warning: there are spoilers within this review.

Captain Marvel has been anticipated ever since it was announced. With countless theories on the internet to almost just as many leaks, we can finally see how Captain Marvel debuts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

With this movie being one of the most anticipated movies of the year, Captain Marvel is the first female superhero in the Marvel Universe to have her own solo movie. Boy, she did not disappoint. There are some Marvel fans, including myself, that were quite skeptical with the fact that we are jumping into Captain Marvel without even a glimpse of Ms. Marvel. However, I think Marvel handled to story line quite well.

They sprinkled in quite a few key points of Captain Marvel's original story. With that being said, there is a lot that is steered away from Carol’s backstory itself. They show a good amount of her life on earth, but they don’t focus as much on Carol’s upbringing on Vers. With many twists and turns along the way, she’s able to fight back and be who she really is.

Brie Larson has done an excellent job of playing Carol Danvers. Carol is a very sarcastic type of person and Brie was able to encapsulate that very, very well. (Which will be interesting when Carol and Tony Stark interact.)

The main plot of the movie is that the Skrulls are infiltrating Earth and the Kree are here to stop them. Now, from the trailers, we already know that Captain Marvel is running with the wrong crowd. We see her with Minn-Erva, Att-Las, Yon-Rog, Bron-Char, Korath and Ronan. Just by hearing the name Ronan we can assume that this crowd is bad news from the start.

Further along in the movie we are introduced to Nick Fury, Coulson, Rambeau and most importantly Goose. Goose (or Chewbacca) is seen within the government compound and travels alongside Fury and Danvers and actually helps a few times along the way. With that, we get to see a whole new side of Fury, which I have to say, makes you wonder what else made Fury into who he is in the previous films. (Those of you who know the comics will understand the Chewbacca reference, which is a huge spoiler.)  

With two credit scenes at the end of the film, we are able to see a new perspective on where the Avengers go from here, as well as where Captain Marvel fits into all of this. We’re able to fill in some of the blanks we have within the franchise itself.

Let’s get real for a second here, this movie is about more than just a superhero. Captain Marvel has already become a hero that many young girls can look up to. When people think of a superhero they think of their favorite one like Batman, Superman, Iron Man, Captain America, etc. which proves that this superhero franchise is very heavily male dominated. Sure, the comic books reflect that too, but this isn’t about the comic books.

Captain Marvel is meant to represent more than just a flying superhero. She is here to prove that you don’t have to be a man to have powers or any kind of power.

Thanos better look out, because now there’s a new sheriff in town. Not only is she able to prove herself, but she was able to fight for the fact that she doesn’t need anyone to fight for her, all the while kicking some butts and spaceships out of this galaxy along the way. She is in charge of her own life. This film really reflected on the fact that there are going to be people, like the Kree, who are trying to hold you back just because they are scared of you at full power. Carol was a lot stronger than she thought she was, all because the Kree put something in her head to make her think she was weak. After realizing who she really was she was able to fight and use her power to the fullest.

Not only does Captain Marvel kick butt, she kicks the stereotypes into another solar system.


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