Okay, first of all I want to start with the fact that I’m a little biased. I went to the set, I met Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson, and I even tried on part of her costume. However, I’m going to try to be as honest as possible so let’s get started…
I absolutely love the fact that there is now a female superhero in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) that is leading a movie. We, of course, have other female superheroes who are very important to many plot lines in the Marvel Universe, but this is the first time one of them is leading their own movie. We got a taste of a ground-breaking movie with Black Panther last year as a predominately minority cast in a superhero movie, which from what I know, has never been done on as large of a scale in a big movie franchise. And, a few years ago, we got Wonder Woman, which was the first female superhero lead movie to be done in a big movie franchise.
One of the things that makes this movie amazing is the representation. I’ve heard that a lot of people wanted the movie to fail (without even seeing it I might add) and it was probably because their masculinity couldn’t handle it for some weird reason or they couldn’t deal with the fact that she would be one of the strongest Avengers (if not the strongest) along with Thor. It’s okay to judge the movie once it comes out, but judging before it even comes out?? Wack.
I think one of the most misunderstood ideas about this movie that some people don’t seem to grasp is that this is an introductory movie. Just like how Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor had to be introduced, Captain Marvel also has to be. I believe that a lot of people are so caught up in the fact that recent Marvel movies go all out with plot lines and fight scenes and characters, because they can. They already developed a lot of the story and the main superhero and possibly even the villains. This isn’t the case with Captain Marvel (as it should be) because they need to introduce her, tell her background, and just give her a chance to “get acquainted” in the MCU.
That being said, I’ll admit this movie did have me leaving the theater a little empty handed (figuratively speaking). Like I said, I loved this movie a lot, but something seemed like it was missing. To this day, I’m still not sure what it was. Some people say it’s because it never had that big moment where the superhero “understands” everything including how to use their powers. Maybe the part where she did start using her powers fully was rushed… It sort of felt like a light switch, one moment she didn’t really know what she was doing and the next moment, she did. But, you know, it could just be because she had been holding back.
I, personally, like the way they told Carol’s background. It was in quick flashes that way we could see what she believed was a different life that she doesn’t remember, but also didn’t tell us a whole lot so it kept the mystery alive. I do hope that in future Captain Marvel movies they decide to have Carol try to figure out her memories and maybe come across more people in her past or expand on some of the memories we did see in the movie and what happened before and after those experiences happened.
The CGI was absolutely amazing. I didn’t even notice at first that Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg looked younger. But, I mean, of course they did?! As you know this movie takes place in the 90s and the more recent movies take place around the same time as we live in the real world (a couple of years off though because Marvel messed up the timeline a bit and are correcting it). The best CGI are the ones that you either don’t notice or are so seamless that if you knew for a fact it wasn’t real, you’d believe it was (like a really good CGI Godzilla).
One thing I noticed a lot of people saying about Carol Danvers is that she doesn’t show much emotion. But in her defense, she was taught (on her planet) to hide her emotions for as long as she can remember so to randomly start showing a bunch of emotions all of a sudden would be very foreign to her! It’s also interesting that a lot of people are trying to say how she should feel when some of them probably don’t know how they will feel if they were thrown into that situation. Her whole world was shook (for lack of a better word), how do you expect her to feel? There is also the problem with people telling her how to feel because women are told that everyday in real life! Women are told to smile, do this, do that, and to be less emotional, but now there is a big female superhero who doesn’t use a lot of emotion and now you say she needs emotion?! How does that work??
Captain Marvel, in my opinion, was a great addition to the Marvel universe and I believe she will (obviously) have a big role in Avengers: Endgame. I can’t wait to see how she helps defeat Thanos and how the writers develop her character in future movies!
~I give Captain Marvel a 7 out of 10~
Captain Marvel is currently in theaters and if you haven’t seen it go see it! Go check out my post about winning the Marvel 10 Year Sweepstakes and going to the Infinity War Premiere and look out for my post about visiting the set of Captain Marvel, Disney Studios, and Marvel Studios coming out in a couple of days!