Now Showing: Captain Marvel

by David Gifford

Captain Marvel marks a monumental moment, not just in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but also in female representation of superheroes on the big-screen.

This certainly isn’t the first powerful female represented on-screen, but it does make Captain Marvel the first solo female film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and that is a major deal.

Captain Marvel is a brand-new character to fans of the films, but comic book fans are more aware of her. She is often cited as the most powerful superhero in the Marvel universe and for good reason. Captain Marvel is coming out right before Avengers: Endgame in April, and Captain Marvel will certainly play a major role in the events of that film.

Captain Marvel is directed by Anna Boden (Half Nelson) and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson), and it stars Brie Larson (Kong: Skull Island) as Carol Danvers and Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) as Nick Fury. The film follows Veers (or Carol Danvers, also known as Captain Marvel) who has amnesia, but upon landing on Earth, her past begins to manifest itself in interesting ways.

This film also takes place in the mid-1990s with a feel and look that is far different than many of the other films in the universe. That also means that the characters and stories take place before the Avengers, and in many ways Captain Marvel played a major role with Nick Fury as he assembled The Avengers. Of course, as Veers starts discovering who she is, there is a massive threat looming over her and she must find out who she is and be the hero the world needs.

The strongest element of this film is Brie Larson as Captain Marvel. Her performance shows an incredible amount of confidence and energy that will likely be an inspiration to many around the world. Her character gives people a strong role model to look up to, and also gives strong female representation to the MCU which has been there but not like it is now. Her character is the Marvel equivalent to Superman in many ways. It’s an incredibly monumental role and Brie Larson carries it easily. She won the audience over quickly as they laughed and rooted for her at every moment. Her character had vulnerabilities just like a normal human being, but she never gave up.

Samuel L. Jackson was also incredible in this role. Since this movie takes place in the 90s, the movie had to actually go back and use anti-aging CGI on Jackson. It worked. I was constantly looking at him to see if I could tell, and I couldn’t a single time. It’s groundbreaking work, stuff that I think people will be trying to replicate for years.

Jackson isn’t just good as a showpiece for stunning effects though. His performance made it great to see Nick Fury as something more than just a mentor for The Avengers.

The movie’s effects throughout are great, such as the energy effects radiating from Captain Marvel’s fists. Her punches and kicks resonate with intensity.

Captain Marvel clips along and even though it is approximately two hours long, it didn’t feel that long. The movie remained interesting throughout the entire runtime thanks to really strong editing and scriptwriting. There were enough revelations to keep the audience interested throughout.

Overall, Captain Marvel is an incredible entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Carol Danvers is an interesting character and a great role-model. With her important role in the conclusion to the Infinity War, this is an important prequel, but worth watching on its own.

Be sure to see this one in the theaters, and stick around for a few after-credits scenes.

Captain Marvel gets a 9/10.


David Gifford is a sales representative with The Mountain Echo and a gaming and movie enthusiast.