Captain Marvel - Review
Captain Marvel - March 8, 2019
The biggest problem with Captain Marvel is the timing of its release. If this came out any time before Infinity War, it would have been well received and easier to accept. This has nothing to do with a female superhero. It’s about the somewhat inevitable realization that Captain Marvel is going to save the day in Endgame. Now this is 100% speculation and I may end up being 100% wrong. So, I’m going to review this as if it were a stand-alone movie with no ties to other Marvel films. I will of course mention those things, but I’m not going to let it determine the quality of this particular movie.
I want to start off by saying that Captain Marvel is a fun surprise that manages to stay away from other Marvel clichés. The structure, storyline, characters and villains all avoid the standard Marvel formula that we have endured over the past 10 years. So, to see something that doesn’t remind me of every other superhero film is refreshing. Captain Marvel begins with our hero in the middle of her journey. She has a hard time remembering her past and since the audience isn’t familiar with this character, we are investigating the origin story with her (at least for general audiences. It’s not like we are waiting for a radioactive spider to bite her). This mystery adds a new level of intrigue, which we don’t normally get with the other linear stories.
The villains are new and interesting from those in the past. One of my main problems with the other superhero films is that they always fight their counterpart. So, I was relieved that Captain Marvel didn’t fight another Captain-Marvel-like-character. The movie also does a great job of developing those villains and making them more complex than just wanting to do bad things that need to be stopped.
Nick Fury finally gets to shine in this movie. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, he had the opportunity to kick some ass. But in this movie, he gets to show off his personality and get more screen-time. The CGI effects that make him look younger are actually pretty incredible. It helps the movie feel more authentic as a 90s set-piece. There are some great 90s music and pop-culture references that warm the heart. I hope more movies take place in this time instead of another 80s thing.
Now when it comes to the Captain Marvel character, she basically has all the powers of Iron Man without the suit. She can shoot photon blasts out of her hands and fly around. The only thing that bothered me was her personality. Captain Marvel just seemed bored or annoyed all the time. At least she wasn’t a snarky smart-ass like all the other superheroes, but making her dull goes too far in the other direction.
Now with the timing of this release. If Captain Marvel ends up saving the day in Avengers: Endgame, it’s going to make a lot of people angry. Not because she is a female. But because we just met her. We have been with the other characters for 10 years and have gone through their growth with them. So, to suddenly introduce someone to bail them out in the end is disappointing. Especially after the emotional weight of Infinity War. We saw those characters go through a lot and it would be nice to see them redeem themselves. This whole universe has been centered around Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow. It’s really their journey and I want to see them finish it. Then again, I’m just speculating this. It may not even happen and Captain Marvel could just help out.
Overall, Captain Marvel is different and entertaining enough to enjoy. There are some great action sequences and fun moments that make this movie worth watching. Especially the mid-credit scene. That scene is so important that I’m surprised they put it in the credits. I feel like it also needs to be at the beginning of Avengers: Endgame for those people who don’t end up seeing this.