I’ve been excited for Captain Marvel since I heard it was coming out. An MCU movie with a female superhero in the lead? Count me in!
Verse is a Kree warrior with special powers tasked with protecting Kree interests and stopping the Skrulls from infiltrating new planets. She’s only been on Hala for six years, but remembers only flashes from her old life before that. If they really are her memories. When she gets separated from her crew and captured by the Skrulls, they probe her memories for answer to questions she doesn’t understand. She knows something valuable, but what? Landing on Earth, she teams up with a young Nick Fury to find out why her memories are so important, what the Skrulls are really after, and who she really is.
I really liked this movie, especially the fact that we opened on a different planet than Earth. Much like Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor, I enjoyed learning about the Kree ways. There were some familiar faces from Guardians of the Galaxy that were brought back, which was a nice touch. There’s more than Earth in the MCU, and it’s good to remember that once in a while.
That said, the most important parts of the past and the present of Verse – a.k.a. Carol Danvers – take place on Earth, and somewhere during the 90’s. The music choice reflected that, and I couldn’t help but smile when TLC’s Waterfalls came on.
Nick Fury was appropriately de-aged for this movie, and I don’t think I ever got the uncanny valley feeling I was expecting. Technology is getting better and better at fooling the eye, and the brain. That said, Samuel L. Jackson looks incredible for someone in his seventies, so maybe they didn’t have to de-age him that much.
Nick Fury was allowed to be a little more playful in this movie, and he gelled well with Carol Danvers. They both had their strengths and weaknesses, and helped each other out when necessary. His obsession with the cat was adorable, and makes a certain line in Captain America: Winter Soldier retroactively hilarious. People who’ve seen both movies know which line I’m talking about. Seeing Coulson again was a nice call-back not just to the first Avengers, but also to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, which I still watch religiously.
I also enjoyed that Carol, or Verse, wasn’t someone who could do no wrong. She gets captured and knocked out plenty of times. She makes mistakes, misunderstand things, or doesn’t adapt well enough to her surroundings. She’s not infallible, just human.
What I really liked about this movie was that instead of fighting a big battle to win a war, Carol fights to save people. To protect them. She needed to know who she was, and what she’d been through, to unlock her inner power. To become the most powerful version of herself, even though she was plenty powerful already. She had to embrace her past, and her emotions, to become a hero. And she didn’t do it to prove herself to anyone.
It’s a less quippy movie than we might expect from a MCU movie, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment. In fact, it was nice to have a more serious tone, much like Black Panther had. The jokes that were there landed right, and that’s all that matters.
The main theme of this movie was not so much female empowerment (which can sometimes get across a little preachy to certain demographics) but perseverance. Getting up when you keep getting knocked down. Perhaps the second theme would be knowing yourself. And how important that is. Knowing who you are, and what you are capable of, is very important, and also very hard.
Don’t forget to remain in the theatre for the end credits!