A new story of origins, this time with a heroine in the foreground, continues the adventures of the Marvel Cinema Universe. The 21st franchise film works both from this point of view and as the preamble of the anticipated Avengers: Endgame, posing in front of the mighty Thanos probably the most powerful super marvel.
A story of self-discovery, assuming responsibilities and gaining one’s own place in the world, as well as putting a wall of war of any kind, Captain Marvel begins on planet Hala, the capital of the Kree empire. Here we meet Vers (Brie Larson), a soldier who feels ready to go on missions in the galaxy. Alongside her mentor, Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), Vers will engage in the destructive war between the Kree and Skulls, her adventures bringing her to Terra, where she meets Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
Yes, the effect of the film is somewhat sabotaged by the fact that the spectator knows with singleness that Vers is Carol Danvers, a detail much used in the promotional campaign, but treated by the script as a secret that could cause great astonishment. It would have helped this story of origins begin somewhere in half, when Carol Danvers gets to know his human past and embrace his extraordinary powers.
But even so, and although there is a recipe already known, Captain Marvel has something to captivate viewers, from details of the Kree and Skrull breeds, to reunions with characters already known (Ronan the Accuser, for example, the Guardians of the galaxy), to the elements of comedy buddy, which Larson and Jackson are doing well.Like the other Marvel movies, the special effects take precedence, one of them, when the heroine is shrouded in a blue explosion, freezing the screen in a fray as a comic strip.
Another aspect that may appeal to Captain Marvel (and which shows a thumbs down of other Marvel movies) is that Friday’s premiere lacks the love story. It is an asset of the film and, for spectators willing to compare, an alarm signal as to how decorative are usually the female characters in Marvel movies. Even if some explicitly assume this status (Pepper Potts, for example), franchise uses romance only as a rhythm shift (and perhaps a magnet for spectators) in its films and not as a relevant engine. And Captain Marvel did not feel the lack of a love story even for a moment.
Captain Marvel is undoubtedly a feminist film and not just because he has a superhero in focus. And how the male characters are thought to matter to tilt the balance. When they are not satisfied with the role of more or less irrelevant aggressors in the fight, Captain Marvel’s men are superficial and liar, obsessed with power and vengeance. In comparison, Carol Denvers seems ready to solve all the situations. This aspect, on the other hand, makes some confrontations worthless, since the spectator knows from the beginning that the heroine can not be defeated. As I said above, Captain Marvel needs an opponent and it seems he will only get it into Avengers: Endgame.
Attention, the final generic is accompanied by two scenes. You’d better wait to see them, even if the former says something that we already know, and the second only just anecdotes the history of one of the Infinite Geniuses, those who, on the Infinite Glove, will give Thanos absolute power in Avengers: Infinity War.