“Captain Marvel” takes place in the 1990s, long before the events of the main Marvel Universe. Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), or Vers as she’s dubbed, is an intergalactic soldier working for a dominating superpower known as the Kree Empire. On a mission to recover a missing agent, she’s captured by the Kree’s greatest enemy: the Skrulls, a race of aliens capable of shapeshifting into whomever they wish; led by their charismatic leader Talos (Ben Mendelsohn). Though she escapes captivity, Vers crash-lands on Earth where she soon comes in contact with a young Shield Agent named Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). With the Skrulls now on Earth, and cut off from her allies in space, Vers is forced to work with Nick Fury as they try to locate what the space creatures are after, and figure out why and how it ties into Vers’ missing memories and strange superpowers. The movie also features Jude Law, Annette Bening, and Clark Gregg.
The original Captain Marvel was created by comic book writer Stan Lee and artist Gene Colan back in 1967. What’s interesting is the original character was a male named Mar-Vell. The one who would later inherit his powers, and became the heroine most remember, was Carol Danvers—who was created in 1968 by Roy Thomas and Gene Colan. Except she was known as Ms. Marvel at the time. To make a long and convoluted story short, the original Captain was killed off and Carol assumed the mantel as Ms. Marvel. Unlike the previous hero, the superheroine grew in popularity among fans over the years. So much so, that she was given the moniker Captain Marvel and deemed the true successor for the title. There’s a lot more detail and backstory I’m probably glossing over, but this is a review about movies, not comic books. So let’s get back to talking about this comic book movie.
“Captain Marvel” is not only Carol Danvers first appearance on the big screen, but it’s also Marvel’s first superheroine movie. I know that there are numerous Marvel films out there with plenty of strong female characters, but—and I in no way mean this in a negative way—they weren’t the focal point or main protagonist of those films. They were either part of a team that was the main focus, or just side characters. So yes, “Captain Marvel” is officially Marvel’s first movie with a female as the main protagonist. Took them long enough, but hey, better late than never.
As the first, it’s a strong win for Marvel, as well as the character. While I found the beginning to be a tad slow, it eventually picks up and turns into a full-on bash of fun and action. This is a superhero movie that borrows elements from “Superman,” “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” “James Bond,” “Star Trek,” and then lays them out on a track that leads into an amazing ride you don’t want to miss!
As the first actress to be given the honor of Captain Marvel, I can’t imagine anyone other than Brie Larson in the role. She knows when to be serious and when to be funny at just the right moments to balance out the character. As the main protagonist, she completely owns the role from beginning to end. As for Samuel L. Jackson, it’s an absolute treat to see him get a more active role in the story. Where in previous films he’s been more of a leader figure who sits in the back while the Marvel heroes get all the action, we get to see him more involved in the plot and action for “Captain Marvel.” The film even gives us more of Nick’s origins and the events that led him into planning the Avengers. And as a bonus, we even learn how Nick Fury got his trademark face scar.
“Captain Marvel” is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, along with brief suggestive language. Saying a superhero movie is a must-see feels almost trivial at this point given how many there are out there, and how many more are on the way. However, “Captain Marvel” is a film I believe is a must-see because it needs to be seen on the big screen. Great action, good humor, cool story, and an awesome heroine makes this film a true blast in theaters. Which is why the final score for “Captain Marvel” is an 8 out of 10!