It’s been a solid few days since Captain Marvel was released, and I’m ready to talk about it. It’s only been on my mind since I saw it in the theater last weekend, and I already have tickets to see it two more times this week. I guess it’s safe to say, I loved it.
It’s needless to say that I’m going to really dive into the plot, so this is a warning that I am giving major spoilers in this post.
From the beginning with the Stan Lee tribute, I knew we were in for something great. After Stan passed away late last year, it was a bit unclear if we’d be getting a cameo for the upcoming film. We did. And we also got the incredible tribute to him attached to the Marvel Studios logo.
The film starts a bit slow at the beginning, but it does dive right into the details. As I mentioned in my past posts, this movie really surrounds itself around the Kree-Skrull war, and we start out right in the middle of if.
Once we see Carol (Or should I say Vers) crash into Blockbuster, the film really starts to kick into gear. As soon as we meet Nick Fury and Agent Coulson, the film really shifts and starts to become somewhat of a buddy-cop film mixed in with a intergalactic war.
We get to see a different side of Fury and Coulson in this film. Since they’re both beginning their journey together, and it is the beginning of SHEILD, Fury is definitely a lot more on the softer side, and Coulson is left a bit more in the dark than we’re used to seeing him. Once again, the anti-aging technology Marvel Studios used on both Clark Gregg and Samuel L. Jackson really added the final touches on the attention to detail this movie put in.
As Fury takes Carol/Vers under his wing, they discover more and more together about the Kree and Skrull, including Vers’ past that she was unable to remember who she was prior to becoming a member of StarForce.
Similar to Robocop, we find Vers at what would be her best friend, Maria’s home, trying to piece together her past, bit by bit. The more Maria and her daughter, Monica, show Vers that she’s Carol Danvers, the more begins to unfold and the plot continues to thicken.
Going into the film knowing already that the StarForce aren’t exactly what they claim to be, I was curious on how they were planning on going about everything. It is a bit different from Carol’s original story, but it was tied in perfectly with the rest of the cinematic universe, I enjoyed it so much.
There were so many little clever things that were said and done. From the usage of The Tesseract, to the discovery of what Vers actually stood for (This was something for the longest time I was trying to decipher and smiled so wide at it’s cleverness when they revealed it.).
Not to mention, the realization of who Mar-Vell really was. For the longest time, there were rumors that it was Jude Law’s character, since his character name was kept under serious lock and key. When they announced he was Yon-Rogg instead of Mar-Vell, I was utterly stumped on who or when they were introducing them since they were so important. Needless to say, I was very surprised and pleased with the twist!
The soundtrack was an incredible nod to the 90s as well. An excellent mixture of genres that fit so well with each and every scene, as well as the time period. A whole fight scene set to No Doubt’s Just A Girl, was not only perfectly synchronized, but relayed an important message that they were trying to send out to all women.
I’m a sucker for Marvel’s end credits, and this one was one of my favorites as it was set to Hole’s Celebrity Skin.
The film definitely oozed female empowerment and sends an excellent message to all ages. It really made me wish I had a character like this when I was growing up to look up to. When gets knocked down, each time she got back even stronger. Being able to see that for the first time with a lead female Marvel hero was astounding.
With a post-credit scene that ripped my soul out of chest as it did in Infinity War, I can’t say I was surprised by that scene. If we didn’t realize Carol was going to be coming into End Game to help defeat Thanos, well then, that was just silly.
I can’t recommend this film enough. If you were on the fence about Captain Marvel, I encourage you to jump off and go see it. It’s everything you’d want out of a great origin film. Also, Goose the Cat.
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