The latest superhero movie hit the screen in the same week the world celebrated International Women’s Day. Double empowerment for women of some sort, and rightfully so.
Actually Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel was first introduced in 1968, at a time when the feminist movement in the United States was beginning to gain momentum.
Like the feminist movement that has spread across the globe, Carol Danvers without doubt has come of age and the movie Captain Marvel, to some extent, will show you why.
Captain Marvel begins with the main character played by Brie Larson, as a Kree warrior (known as Vers) heading for an intergalatic battle against the Skrulls. The Skrulls and Kree are long-time enemies.
The Skrulls manage to capture her and using a device, they try to probe her memory but Vers manages to escape and ends up on Earth. The Skrulls follow her to Earth.
On earth, she bumps into Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson), who is an S.H.I.E.L.D agent investigating the invasion of extra-terrestrial creatures on Earth.
She learns about her former life as US Air Force pilot Carol Danvers and with Fury’s help, tries to unlock the secret of her past. The rediscovery leads to a surprising twist.
There was a lot of hype for this movie given the significant role Captain Marvel is set to play in the Avengers: Endgame.
Does it deliver? Maybe yes, maybe no.
In terms of linking to the Endgame, it does superbly well. Introduction of Captain Marvel will make the Marvel Cinematic Universe fans excited about the prospect of the upcoming ensemble superheroes flick.
After Thanos decimated the planet and universe in Infinity War, Nick Fury, in the post credit scene, realises what’s happening and sends a message from a pager-like device before turning into dust.
After watching Captain Marvel, the intended recipient of that message becomes apparent (but you will have to wait for the post credit to learn more about this).
What are the downfalls then? There are a couple.
Firstly, Captain Marvel seems a bit shallow. The character is known to be the mightiest of all the superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and one would expect the makers of the movie dive a bit deeper in defining the character.
Compare that to Wonder Woman, from the rival DC Comics, Captain Marvel falls a bit short, especially in the scripting.
Captain Marvel sets off on a slow pace with a rather murky start but slowly picks up momentum before setting the screen on fire. It builds gradually, as the character realises her potential.
But the villain also seems weak compared to Captain Marvel’s strengths but I guess the movie is more about realising the powers she possess than the enemies she takes on.
Also, at one point, I thought Captain Marvel was more of a Nick Fury film. This is the first time the story of who Fury, the man behind Avengers, is and how he started his mission of recruiting superheroes.
By the way, excellent CGI (computer-generated imagery) work on de-aging Fury (Jackson). You would only realise that a 70-year-old is playing that character when in a scene, he flees for his life.
In terms of portraying the main characters, Larson and Jackson are convincing as Captain Marvel and Nick Fury, respectively.
The direction is average, and surely let down by a rather diluted plot. The humour, which has now became a forte in superhero franchises, is decent.
In a nutshell, Captain Marvel is a treat to the Marvel Cinematic Universe followers and a perfect “teaser” for the Avengers: Endgame, which is slated to release next month.
It’s about resilience in the face of adversity and the ability to dig deep to realise one’s full potential.
In the world where women continue to fight for their right to stand shoulder to shoulder with men, Captain Marvel is a perfect shot in the arm for them.