Captain Marvel

So Marvel continued its empirical reign over the superhero film industry with this movie. This movie got caught up in a lot of political drama, but all that aside it was thoroughly interesting.

Captain Marvel is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. Living on Earth in 1995, she keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. With help from Nick Fury, Captain Marvel tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls.

The Marvel films have lacked gender diversity for a while, with the only real representation being Black Widow and Scarlet Witch. They brought in Captain Marvel, an utterly badass alien warrior who hunts the shapeshifting Skrulls during their invasion attempt on Earth.

This movie wasn’t a world ender and it didn’t bring up Oscar buzz (Black Panther) or shatter box office records (Infinity War), but it was thoroughly entertaining. Brie Larson does an amazing job portraying the confusion of a character who does not know who she is or what her role is in the world. The movie felt reminiscent of the first age of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, i.e. Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and they took a step back from the grandiose claims of their recent films, zooming in to dive in and refocus on developing their new characters instead of throwing them in without any exposition (Scarlet Witch/Vision).

Captain Marvel bodes well for the future of the Marvel universe, and it is incredible seeing female representation in the world of these supernatural humans. They finally got past the one thing that DC had them beat in. Going forward, I hope to see a more grounded approach to their movies and for them to go back to telling tales instead of Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition style visual orgasms. This was incredibly entertaining and reinstated my faith of Marvel’s ability to go back to the thematic quality that got them to where they are now.

Rating: A nice, juicy Porterhouse, maybe a lovely Au Jus on the side