The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been a powerhouse in the movie industry since 2008’s Iron Man, but recently it has been gaining even more widespread traction. Just last year, Avengers: Infinity War broke box office records by bringing in a whopping $640 million during its opening weekend. Now, the MCU’s Captain Marvel is blasting its way to theaters, and bringing a powerful message with it.
The year is 1995. It’s been six years since since F-15 Air Force pilot Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) went missing, presumed dead in a freak accident. Now, she believes she is Kree starforce member Vers and has been having mysterious nightmares about an old woman she does not remember. Following a reconnaissance mission gone wrong, Vers is captured by the Skrulls, a shape-shifting species at war with the Kree. After escaping, she crashlands on Earth (or as she calls it, C-53) and joins forces with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). They attempt to prevent the Skrulls from taking over Earth and discover the secrets of her past, but they have to be careful. Their enemies are not always who they seem.
Marvel has set the bar high in recent years. Just this year, Black Panther won three Oscars and Captain Marvel certainly lives up to the standard we have come to expect from Marvel. The graphics for one are nothing short of awe-inspiring. The amount of time and effort it must have taken to transform Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson) to the way they looked in the ‘90s is staggering to even imagine. On top of that, Captain Marvel’s photon blasts are incredibly realistic (at least as realistic as you can get for shooting laser beams out of your hands).
Another aspect of this film that is truly impressive is the acting. There could not have been a better choice to play the title role than Oscar winner Brie Larson. She perfectly captures every aspect of Captain Marvel, from the cool detached Kree soldier to the more emotional part of trying to reclaim her distant past.
The thing about this movie that makes it truly important to watch is the message. This is the only Marvel movie out of 21 starring a female lead without a male lead right next to her. As much as we love Captain America and Iron Man, it’s high time that little girls get a strong, powerful role model out of this cinematic universe. It’s also important to mention the lack of skin tight costumes in this movie. Previous Marvel women (think Gamora and Black Widow) have been dressed in clingy outfits that serve literally no purpose as armor. Captain Marvel, however, is decked out in full body armor and fully prepared to fight. Captain Marvel is unapologetic, fierce, and the superhero we definitely needed. At first she can come off cold and aloof, but as the film progresses she really is a relatable, down-to-C-53 kind of gal. It’s not everybody that can be a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist, but everybody can in some way connect to the struggles that Captain Marvel goes through in this film.
All in all, this movie is a must see. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is that a female superhero finally has her own Marvel film. Even without considering that, it really is a great film. From the realistic aviation (courtesy of the Air Force Thunderbirds) to the phenomenal acting and graphics, it isn’t hard to imagine that Captain Marvel will steal everybody’s hearts! This movie is rated PG-13 for brief suggestive language, action, and sci-fi violence, but there is nothing that makes it so the entire family can’t enjoy. Captain Marvel is out in theaters March 8.