Verdict: This amusing history lesson sets the pace for the future of the MCU.

The expectations are at an all-time high with Marvel’s very first female superhero movie. Captain Marvel has Brie Larson playing the lead role of the half-human, half-Kree warrior hero. As the trailer indicates, the film is not set in the aftermath of the events in Avengers: Infinity War. Instead, Marvel is taking us back to the 90s to give us Captain Marvel‘s origin story. Let’s see how it turned out!

What’s Captain Marvel About:

Vers (Brie Larson) is a Kree warrior living on Hala, the home planet of the alien Kree civilization. She doesn’t know how she got there or anything about her past. She also has dreams about a life she doesn’t know with people she doesn’t recognize anymore. Her only confidant is her mentor, trainee, and commander Yon-Rugg (Jude Law) who is prepping her as a member of the Starforce. This Kree military unit is fighting the war with the Skrulls – a race of alien shapeshifters led by Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) that are ruthlessly invading the galaxy. While on a classified assignment, things seem to go south and Vers finds herself on C-53 or as we call it, Planet Earth. It is here that she begins to discover her true past as Carol Danvers and the history behind her powers.

What Works:

Captain Marvel finally gives the MCU its first full-length female superhero film and, contrary to the film’s initial reviews, it does so pretty well. It is also seemingly the first Marvel film that works just as well as a standalone film as it does in the context of the broader storyline. You don’t need to be a superfan that knows all the trivia or can spot the Easter eggs to enjoy what her story has to offer. We also enjoyed the trademark Marvel humor with an added touch of the 90s nostalgia. At the same time, there are plenty of treats for the MCU fans since it’s as much the Avengers’ origin story as it is Captain Marvel’s.

As for being the origin story of one of the strongest Marvel superheroes, the film has a robust entrance. It doesn’t just simply lay out how Carol Danvers becomes Captain Marvel. Instead, we get to see her discover her history, find her powers and her purpose, and become a seemingly indomitable superhero that could give any other Avenger a run for their money. In the midst of all of that badassery, we get a touch of “soul” from where we least expect it. We also see the origin of much more than Captain Marvel. Don’t worry, we won’t give away any spoilers. All we can say is that there’s pre-eyepatch Nick Fury, a pretty cool cat, the beginning of an initiative, and a glowing cube.

What Could’ve Been Better:

Brie Larson holds her poise as a superhero but we would have liked to see a more emotional side to her character. Having said that, Captain Marvel takes on another purpose. It answers a whole lot of lingering questions about the MCU, becoming the perfect set-up for Avengers: Endgame.

Why You Should Watch:

On its own, Captain Marvel is the perfect Women’s Day treat. It shows us a tenacious female superhero battling evil and her own demons, devoid of insecurities. Not something we see very often. On the other hand, for fans of the Avengers, Captain Marvel is an exhilarating precursor to the Endgame. Don’t forget to stick around for the end credits, folks!

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