This one has been a long time coming. DC had beaten Marvel to the punch in terms of having a female led superhero film, and while Marvel made some strides in this area with “Ant-Man and the Wasp” this is the first fully fledged female led superhero flick in the MCU. The honour and some would say the burden, falls to Academy Award winner Brie Larson (“Room”) who absolutely owns the character of Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel, as we get her origin story prior to her appearance in “Avengers Endgame”.
As this is a prequel, we’re first introduced to Carol as a member of Starforce who is suffering from amnesia and has no recollection about how she ended up in space in the first place. Following her escape from the Skrulls, a race of shape shifting aliens, Carol crash lands on Earth in the year 1995. Carol teams up with a younger Nick Fury as she attempts to piece together her past, and come to some realisations about where her loyalties lie.
“Captain Marvel” is a pretty spectacular action adventure which gives us something fresh in the form of Carol who isn’t your typical hero, and somewhat breaks the mould that Marvel have tried to fit all their heroes into. She’s not quick witted like Iron Man, or heroically stoic like Captain America. She’s a dry witted, take no nonsense character that is supremely confident in her own abilities. Larson is perfectly cast in this, and really defines the character in the same way a lot of the Marvel actors have. Jude Law and Annette Benning are great in support, but it’s Larson’s chemistry with Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch) and Nick Fury (an amazingly de-aged Samuel L Jackson) that really carries the film. Her friendship with Maria feels real and the way her relationship with Fury develops calls to mind when Captain America teamed up with Black Widow in “The Winter Soldier”; it shouldn’t work, but it does, surprisingly well.
Featuring a killer soundtrack of 90’s hits, trademark Marvel humour, some surprising characters returns, and some great performances and action, “Captain Marvel” is yet another winner from Marvel.
These are the magnificent choice words of our man Kevin Dillon, @kevinwritestuff
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