Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Main Cast: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelson, Jude Law
Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Movie Run Time: 2hrs 4 mins
Review Read: ~ 10 mins
For those familiar with the MCU franchise (If you are not familiar, where have you been living all these while?), we all know that Captain Marvel has a certain standard to live up to given that it’s the final origin story for a Marvel superhero before the long anticipated Avengers: Endgame. The movie, and specifically Brie Larson, not only has this MCU superhero je ne sais quoi to live up to, but also has this mantle to carry forward with the events leading up to Endgame; and boy, did the writing and Larson carry this mantle loud and proud down to the very minute of Captain Marvel.
At its core, Captain Marvel is an origin story for our titular superhero. It stars Brie Larson as Carol Denvers, a USAF pilot who has lost her memory and has superpowers as a half Kree (She can shoot out photon blasts through her hands), a race of biologically enhanced species. We’re then introduced to another race as the movie’s villains known as the Skrulls [Dear readers who are well versed in both the comics and the MCU canon, bear with me here], an alien race who can shapeshift into any being so long as they’ve seen said being. Without spoiling the plot too much, the writing of Captain Marvel proved to be really smart by humanising the Skrulls, adding a heartfelt touch to the already action-packed plot of the movie.
Brie Larson is the perfect casting for Carol Denvers. Throughout her journey as Captain Marvel, we see how a heroine would fit into her superhero archetype of realising her own powers. But Brie Larson has taken up a new form of charm when we see her enjoying her newfound, no-holds-barred powers. It’s a really encouraging take on storytelling for viewers and critiques when we get to feel her excitement and empathise how she enjoys those powers. With each blast and cheer that Larson expels as she plays Captain Marvel, I was compelled to cheer along with her. Larson has proven that she can hold herself well as a frontperson of an MCU superhero, and we’re all the more excited to see her in Endgame and the future phases of the MCU franchise.
Reprising their respective roles is Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, Djimon Honsou’s Korath, Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson, and Lee Pace’s Ronan the Accuser. To sit in a cinema full of people that are familiar with the MCU is to experience the joys of reprised roles and special cameos (RIP Stan Lee.). One of the more magical moments is to hear the exciting praises when Clark Gregg appears once again as Agent Coulson on screen (and Lee Pace, unfortunately, not so much.). I would say that given the little screen time Gregg had, he was still able to hold his own as Agent Coulson with his charming looks, and stellar acting. It is too bad that Lee Pace and Djimon Honsou’s acting had fallen short even though they had longer screen times. As usual, Samuel L. Jackson is amazing in his role as young Nick Fury. The plot of how he lost his left eye is one that is amusing, fairly humorous, surprisingly deep, and really unexpected. So that is something MCU fans can look forward to.
Finally, how can we forget the discussion of the impact of the end credits? Captain Marvel has two end credit scenes. One pushes forward the events that would lead up to Endgame. This end credit scene is one that brings the anticipation of Endgame to a much higher order – although short, it is one that brings you to a new high and causes you to wish that the month would pass just much faster just so you can buy a ticket to watch Endgame.
All in all, Captain Marvel is a fun origin story with Brie Larson holding her helm with head held high in the front lines leading up to Endgame.
With the new addition to the Avengers, it leads us to fear for the safety of Thanos and glee at the thought of how Carol Denvers would play out her role in the next Avengers instalment.
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