“Captain Marvel” takes flight at the box office

Higher, further, faster, baby. “Captain Marvel” is the first Marvel movie for 2019 and it will blow you away in the theater

The movie has been out for three weeks and in the time I’ve seen it I’m still in awe on how the directors for Marvel continue to push the Marvel Cinematic Universe forward and give us a strong, ideal female hero like Carol Danvers. Captain Marvel is the first Marvel superhero movie centered around a female lead character.

The story is set in the 1990s and is of course about Danvers, also known by her Kree name, Vers, a Starforce member for the Kree Empire who has no memory of her life as a military pilot in the United States Air Force. Vers lost her memory from a crash on Earth and doesn’t remember any of the events leading up to her Starforce days.

The plot of this movie centers around Vers’ lost memories and the war between the two alien races, the Kree and the Skrull. Vers teams up with a young S.H.I.E.L.D agent, Nick Fury, to fight the Skrull, who are after her and important information from her past life.

I thought the movie had funny parts and at times I didn’t think it would be funny, and by that I mean when a serious part came up, there would be a joke thrown to relieve some of the tension.

I also thought that the graphics and the CGI used was well put together. There were a lot of realistic detail from the ships and Captain Marvel’s (played by Brie Larson) photon beams to the CGI on Fury’s face (who is played by Samuel L. Jackson) to make him appear younger.

I also like that this was the first attempt for a female lead superhero. Larson fit perfectly as Danvers. She had the wits and the humor to play her off as a regular person. This seemed like a rare movie where a female character wasn’t sexualized for the clothes she wears.The directors, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, had her costume design and personality stay close to her comic counterpart. Larson didn’t play her as the “damsel in distress” at all in this movie.

I’m comparing Gamora from”Avengers: Infinity War” for this explanation. If you watched that movie, Gamora was tainted by emotions from her family, especially after learning Thanos was after the Infinity Stones, but even in the Guardians movies, she was a badass and didn’t let any other members of her family get to her. She does express how much she hates Thanos, but in “Infinity War,” she loses all of her senses and gets caught, making her that damsel which leads her to honestly a quick and nonemotional scene, I didn’t think.

In Captain Marvel, Vers (before she knows she’s Danvers) had similar issues with her emotions and trying to control them so she doesn’t end up uncontrollable with her powers, but she learns to channel her emotions through her powers and never let them get to her head and distract her.

There were some things that I didn’t like about the movie. For starters, the movie was extremely basic. We chalked this movie up as an origin story on the new superhero. I felt like they spent too much time on Vers’ flashbacks and should have spent more time developing the villains. The beginning of the movie felt very slow. There were a lot of new characters to introduce in the beginning, which honestly didn’t have a lot of character development to begin with. It felt like a lot of these characters were just thrown in there.

I didn’t think this was an “adventure” story. The movie was a closed-off story. It basically starts with a mission assignment for Vers, who makes her way to Earth and even though she is originally from Earth, she doesn’t remember the culture of humans, but she acts like she does. She already knew where the bad guys were, who they were, and basically what they were doing next.

 

SPOILER ALERT

 

I also wasn’t a big fan of how Nick Fury loses his eye.

If you remember “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” Fury tells Steve Rogers “last time I trusted someone, I lost an eye.” We as viewers wanted to know; how did he lose his eye? After seeing the trailer of Fury with both of his eyes, this was the movie where we get to see who messed him up.     

As a comic book fan, I wanted to see Nick Fury lose his eye in a shoot out or even sacrifice himself to save Captain Marvel.

That didn’t happen.

He lost his eyesight in that eye from a cat.

A cat.

I felt a little bit robbed from that moment.

Overall the movie did stay true to the origins of the comics, and it was nice to see Captain Marvel on the big screen finally making a huge impact for women and comic book lovers.  

Overall rating: I give it a 8.5/10 and would suggest you watch this movie before seeing “Avengers: Endgame.”

About Zach Ward (12 Articles)
Zach Ward Is a Media Student at LCCC majoring in both Mass Media And Multimedia. Zach is handy with a camera in his hands and directs many shows for the local news station in town. His hobbies are Marvel Comics, movies and the Boston Red Sox. If you need the guy with the camera in his hands, email him at Parzialwyo@gmail.com or follow his stories on twitter @Parzivalwyo

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