Captain Marvel Review

William Leach and Kadin Miller

On March 8th, 2019, Captain Marvel was released to general audiences with massive amounts of hype. With its weekend box office grossing over $153 million, it was a success both critically and financially. This being the 21st entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel has to be good, right?  Well, Kadin and I are asking the question, is Captain Marvel any good?

The story of Captain Marvel is a basic one. A simple origin story that explains who Captain Marvel is. For half of this film, we are taken out of the usual setting of Earth as we set out on the MCU’s third attempt at a space-action movie. As soon as the film begins, we’re introduced to our protagonist Carol Danvers, known as “Vers” or “Captain Marvel” throughout most of the movie. She’s an amnesia struck soldier of the Kree Empire. She and the rest of the Kree are set on a mission to kill a different alien race known as the Skrull, shapeshifting aliens that take over planets and have the ability to take any physical appearance. After the enemy Skrull captures Carol, she attempts to escape and ends up crash landing onto Earth in the mid-1990s. The movie then follows her as she befriends people in search of a way home. She ends up discovering her real potential, she starts learning about her past, and she begins to realize how blurry the line is between good and evil.

The action scenes in Captain Marvel are enjoyable and exciting. With action scenes taking place in distant galaxies or on a moving train full of people there’s a huge variety in the action set pieces. The latter half of the movie is filled with so much suspense and action. Captain Marvel discovers how powerful she is and takes on incoming spaceships coming to invade Earth. People are beginning to wonder if she is the most powerful hero in the entire MCU. Although Captain Marvel’s action scenes are great to watch, they aren’t as memorable or as iconic as scenes like “The Battle In New York” in the original Avengers or “The Airport Scene” from Captain America: Civil War. This isn’t inherently a bad thing, but it helps to have a battle scene that you can remember the movie by. With the addition of shape-shifting aliens, we as an audience are always on alert wondering who is who they say they are. The tension is high during most of the movie.

The last thing we wanted to touch on was the overall impact this has the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the tone this movie takes. The tone of this movie falls in line with other superhero movies of recent. There’s humor throughout the film, but it knows when to take itself seriously, it even got a few laughs from us. The setting and time period also help keep this movie humorous but action-packed. The film is set in the mid-1990s, long before Iron Man, Hulk, or even Captain Americas return to the 21st century. We see what the MCU was like before the Avengers or before people were used to the idea of superheroes and space aliens. We meet a younger Nick Fury, a man who goes on to form the Avengers. We see him not believe that Captain Marvel has superpowers or that she’s even from space. His disbelief and later trust in Captain Marvel shows the bond that they developed throughout the film. This is Earth’s first real contact with other life forms in the MCU, and it’s quite interesting to see.

To recap this film has delivered on its hype. As of writing this, Captain Marvel broke $324 million at the box office, doubling its first weekend in revenue. It tells a great story of someone finding their way in life, it gave us hours of enjoyment and familiar action that we love from the MCU, and most importantly, It shows us growth before the Avengers or before superheroes. Although at times, the plot is predictable and the action isn’t the most memorable, that doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a good movie. It’s a must watch if you’re planning on seeing Marvel’s next big film, Avengers: Endgame, set to release on April 26th. This movie gets an A from both of us, and it breaks our top ten.

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Top Ten Marvel Movies