6 Thoughts on Captain Marvel
The first Marvel superhero movie with a female lead is here and it’s quite awesome! Let us hope Marvel does not hesitate to make more. Captain Marvel has walked a rocky road in the comics, but it looks like she’ll have a nice, clean, straightforward role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
Movie Rating: 8/10 – Very Good.
If I had to rank Captain Marvel, I think I’d put it in the upper middle tier of MCU films. It’s not top tier, like Black Panther or the Avengers films, but it’s damn good. I loved pretty much everything about this film. I look forward to seeing Carol show up in Avengers: Endgame, and I look forward to sequels. Simple as that. I’m a Marvel movie fanboy and I do not apologize for that fact!
Join me after the jump for my full review. Expect FULL SPOILERS for the Captain Marvel movie.
6. I loved it!
Simply put, I loved Captain Marvel the same way that I love all of these MCU movies. They are fun, engaging, hilarious, action-packed superhero adventure films, and that is pretty much everything I want from a trip to the cinema. Yes, the odd style of Thor: Ragnarok and the cultural importance of Black Panther can elevate certain movies even more. And I’ll admit that Captain Marvel doesn’t possess anything along those lines. That doesn’t matter to me. It’s still really funny, with great casting, a solid, fulfilling story and a ton of cleverness. If there’s any problem, it’s that Marvel has set the bar so high for themselves that a simply highly enjoyable film doesn’t stack up to their true masterpieces. But not every Marvel movie is going to be a masterpiece.
The pacing worked for me. The characters all worked for me. The twists, the surprises, and especially the Easter Eggs. The CGI was fine, the superhero stuff was really good. I especially enjoyed the camaraderie between Carol and Fury, they were great together. This movie doubled as a Nick Fury origin movie and I thought that was brilliant. But Brie Larson held her own, kicked plenty of butt and carried the movie with ease!
5. I loved Carol’s dry sense of humor
I’ve seen some people on the Internet complain that Carol was wooden. They’re wrong. Carol wasn’t wooden, she was dry. And I loved it! Carol had a dry, somewhat sarcastic sense of humor. That’s the sort of sense of humor I see for myself. I love the little jokey asides. The smarmy smirk and casual dry one-liners. She wasn’t a quip cannon like Spider-Man or a charm machine like Tony Stark. She just confidently delivers dry, cutting comments that I find nicely hilarious. So she’s funny, like a lot of Marvel heroes, but she’s got her own unique sense of humor.
4. I loved the Skrull twist
I like a villain that can level with a hero on a personal, human level. So that scene where Ben Mendelsohn’s Talos appeared in Maria’s kitchen and wanted to talk was right up my alley. It was fun, it was grounded and it, obviously, really turned the tables on the Skrulls. I thought it was a great twist that the Skrulls were the good guys, and that the movie became about rescuing some hidden Skrull refugees. That was fun and I liked it. By no means do I need the MCU Skrulls to closely resemble the comic book Skrulls. Nor do I need the Kree/Skrull War to be exactly like it was in the comics. The MCU has more than earned the right to tell its own stories, not beholden to the comics. And good guy Skrulls sounds good to me.
3. Wonderful Easter Eggs
What a blast Captain Marvel was for MCU Easter Eggs! Speaking as a major MCU fan boy, I loved all of it. If it’s not your thing, that’s fine. It was definitely mine. I loved the use of Ronan the Accuser and Korath. I loved the stuff with Nick Fury’s eye. I’m sure there were a lot I missed. I am the exact right person for these Easter Eggs to work on. I especially loved Stan Lee’s cameo, where he’s reading the script for Mallrats! How wonderfully 90s!
And the biggest Easter Egg of them all…
2. I was right about the Avengers Initiative origin!
I got a prediction correct! I made this prediction back with my review of Avengers: Infinity War last year (I gave Infinity War an 8/10 immediately after seeing it, but in my head, I’ve since raised it up to 9/10). My prediction was that Captain Marvel would be Fury’s inspiration for forming the Avengers Initiative. And that is why he didn’t use the pager to contact Carol earlier, because he had the Avengers during the Chiauri Invasion and the Ultron Problem. But he no longer had the Avengers to rely on during Infinity War, prompting him to finally use that pager. That mid-credits stinger of Carol showing up at the Avengers compound was great!
1. Obviously Kamala Khan, but obviously Monica Rambeau
What is Captain Marvel 2 going to do when it comes to Carol’s sidekicks? They set up Monica Rambeau perfectly in this first film. She’ll be in her late 20s by the time we reach the Avengers: Endgame timeline. That’s perfectly timed for her to become a superhero in her own right.
Buuuuuut, I want Kamala Khan! I’ve personally never cared much for Monica. She was before my time. But Kamala is one of my favorite Marvel characters. She’s so wonderful. I want Ms. Marvel in the MCU. It’s got to happen somehow. And I am more than comfortable with Captain Marvel forgoing the same black sidekick character (War Machine, Falcon) in favor of something new with Kamala. Or maybe the movie can do both of them at the same time. I don’t know. I just know that Kamala Khan needs to happen somehow. I’m less interested in Monica, but the movie set her up so perfectly.
What to do, what to do…