Britt Donahue –Photo Editor
The latest highly anticipated addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been topping the box office since its March 8 release, and it’s easy to see why. “Captain Marvel,” the first female-led MCU film, is an exciting adventure that introduces new heroes and villains alongside some familiar faces.
The movie begins on the Kree planet, Hala, where our hero, played by Brie Larson, goes by the name Vers and suffers from memory loss, nightmares, and an inability to control her emotions and superpowers (according to her mentor and commanding officer, Yon-Rogg (Jude Law)). During a failed rescue mission, Vers is captured by the Skrulls, the Kree’s shape-shifting enemy and their attempt to extract a memory bring her forgotten human past to light.
From here on, most of the film takes place on Earth, where it is clear by Vers’ crash-landing through the roof of a Blockbuster, that viewers are catching a delightful glimpse of the MCU’s past; it is before the formation of Nick Fury’s Avengers Initiative and 23 years prior to the events of “Avengers: Infinity War.” Viewers even get to meet a younger Agent Fury when he teams up with this strangely dressed woman from another planet to help her uncover her mysterious past.
This movie suffers from a lot of the same problems of previous origin movies. A lot of information has to be packed into a fairly short amount of time. It has to walk the line of satisfying long-time fans of the comics while making sure new audience members don’t get lost.
Just like Chris Evans and Hemsworth in their origin movies, Brie Larson hasn’t quite found the character yet and feels a little stiff and awkward during some scenes. But she really shines when she is able to play off her co-stars Samuel L. Jackson, and especially Lashana Lynch who plays her best friend and co-pilot, Maria Rambeau. Maria and her daughter Monica (Akira Akbar) are her family who thought she was dead. Through reuniting with them, she remembers her real name is Carol Danvers, and is able to step up and become a real hero.
Carol’s story is resonating with a lot of people, especially women. We watch Carol struggle with sexism, and feelings of inadequacy. She doesn’t always trust herself. Part of her journey is literally learning who she is, what she is capable of, and freeing herself from the limitations others try to place on her. One of my favorite things about the comic book version of “Captain Marvel” is that no matter how hard she falls, she always gets back up again and this trait is carried over spectacularly into the movie.
“Captain Marvel” is a great addition to the MCU. It maintains the humor and fun that its previous films are known for while expanding the universe’s history. If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you do before Carol returns to Earth on Apr. 26, to save the Avengers and the world.