Captain Marvel Stands Tall In Her Nostalgic Cinematic Debut

Bessie Dean
March 7, 2019

Captain Marvel, the 21st film in the MCU, is a landmark not just because Danvers is the first female Marvel superhero to have a lead role in the franchise. Not that there is any lack of those, so if that's why you go to Marvel films, you will not be disappointed. Over the past few days, Marvel fans have been buzzing about the prospect of a gay character to be introduced in the upcoming film, The Eternals.

Captain Marvel releases in Australian cinemas this Thursday March 7. She escapes, only to crash land on a backward planet the Kree call C-53, aka Earth.

A mediocre plot, with no groundbreaking visual work on screen, and yet, Captain Marvel is hardly a stinker to give a miss.

While it is comfortable within the Marvel formula, Captain Marvel still finds its own way to tell its own story, with a new kind of hero, and a story not just about the fate of the universe, but more importantly, those in it, since it's those who live in it that bear the brunt of war as oppose to those who cause those wars.

The film explores the impact of Captain Marvel and the influence she'll have on the eventual assembling of the Avengers, as seen through the eyes of two stalwarts of a still-growing MCU: Samuel L. Jackson (as a young and two-eyed Nick Fury) and Clark Gregg (a much-fuller-head-of-hair-having Agent Coulson). She's a member of the Avengers, was the face of one side of the second superhero Civil War, and is a mentor to the new Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan.

Long gone are the days when a movie star making the leap to TV could be seen as a demotion-shoutout to the McConaissance-but you'd be forgiven for wondering why Larson is headed to Apple, of all destinations.

Danvers, as a character, and Larson as an actress, fail to deliver in terms of relatability and likeability in comparison to the rest of the MCU's stable, which is a concern considering the position of Captain Marvel in the next phase of the MCU which she apparently will lead a whole host of young 'uns set to take over post-Thanos. The, "I wonder if Marvel is anxious about this one?" contingency.

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But after literal months of online fire and fury (so much of it, in fact, that Rotten Tomatoes altered their policy on user-submitted reviews) the reviews for Captain Marvel are here. While this movie will undoubtedly draw comparisons to Wonder Woman, this is one category where the latter clearly wins-Diana has a great metal-inspired riff and Carol deserves one of her own but alas it's not found here.

Jackson has never had a problem landing standout roles in major blockbuster movies.

What you'll find is considerable amount of humour, a depiction of actual female friendship and mentorship (the emotional heart of the movie), Ben Mendelsohn's entertaining yet layered Skrull commander, serious 90s nostalgia value (with an wonderful period soundtrack to boot) and a delightful bond between Samuel L. Jackson's de-aged Nick Fury and Goose the cat. While there are some not-so-kind reviews written about the film, the superhero flick now holds an 89 percent grade on Rotten Tomatoes. Her relationship with Jackson as Fury, here less experienced with super-humans and not yet so callused to planet-threatening scenarios, falls into some truly fun rhythms as their journey simultaneously underscores foundational qualities of their personalities and exposes what each still has yet to learn.

A big draw for the duo was the casting of Larson, as the idea of her playing Danvers was "magnetising" to them.

Opening with a bang, we meet "Vers" (Brie Larson) on an alien world.

But for Marvel's latest nod to Lee, the studio has chose to make his appearance a little more blatant - having reworked him into its opening trail, which usually involves the series' ensemble of characters. We may also see something special from her cat Goose.

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