Captain Marvel: A Forced Entrant into the MCU Before Endgame
Movie Review by Anirudh Madhav (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Avengers: Infinity War offered a pixelated glimpse of the Captain Marvel’s red and blue logo with a golden star in the center on Fury’s (Samuel L. Jackson) pager. It went on to build up mystery and anticipation for the first female superhero in the Marvel universe.
While the story is set in the 1900s, it starts off in an alien planet where Brie Larson is initially known as Vers. She belongs to a group of ‘noble warrior heroes’ known as Kree. As Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), the leader of the Kree faction prepares Vers to fight the shape-shifting Skrulls, the storyline takes a turn when she lands on Earth.
Despite the glitchy screenplay, an effect that might be purportedly added to bring the flashes of lost memories of Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) on Earth, there is an effective storyline of bringing out the power from within or to be more appropriate; woman power. Throughout the movie, there are glimpses of a young Carol being chided by her dad, by her fellow army trainees and by Yon-Rog that she is too emotional and she should learn to control her power.
The storyline takes another approach on Earth, where the Skrulls, led by Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) are on the look-out for Dr. Wendy Lawson (Annette Bening), a powerful tech essential for their survival. Carol Danvers’ search for her identity and the sequence where she reunites with Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch) is refreshing. It is the sequence where Carol meets her BFF Rambeau and her young daughter (Akira Akbar), where Captain Marvel bonds with humanity and the female friendship factor comes to the fore.
Samuel L. Jackson is de-aged well, has two eyes and captures the screen space with his cat companion Goose. The film has seamlessly blended into the 90s era with several retro tracks such as Nirvana’s ‘Come as You Are’ and No Doubt’s ‘Just a Girl’ blending seamlessly into the backdrop and stunt scenes.
At times, the film goes on to emphasize Carol’s strengths that it forgets to offer a peek into her past or her normal human life as it was done in Wonder Woman (2017) of the DC Universe. The storyline is simple, there are no prequels or Easter eggs to spot and the plot is quite straightforward. It deals with a woman coming to terms with her strengths and eventually turning into a female superhero powerhouse.
There is plenty of CGI throughout the movie. Marvel has once again brought out a young character out of an aged Fury and Goose is CGI’d in most of the scenes. The ending sequence is grand and literally out of the world with Captain Marvel going all explosive with her superpowers. The sequence where Captain Marvel falls into the Earth’s atmosphere is poorly animated and it was reminiscent of a video game character. Despite the hurried screenplay and poor CGI effects in parts, the low-key humor and the never-give-up style of storyline focused on a woman elevates the overall feel of the movie.
The film seems to have been hurriedly made and it also seems the reason why directors Anna Bolden and Ryan Fleck kept the storyline simple and straightforward. There is less depth to the characters including Carol Denvers and there it was made certain that Captain Marvel will play a prime role in Avengers: End Game. Marvel has clearly gotten an idea of what works in the MCU and Captain Marvel proves that. One thing is for certain, Captain Marvel will play much more than shooting from her hands and flying into space to keep the enemies out.