Published: Fri, March 08, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

There's so much to love in Captain Marvel, especially Captain Marvel

There's so much to love in Captain Marvel, especially Captain Marvel

As is the case with so many Marvel Cinematic Universe efforts, Captain Marvel gives us yet another wrinkle in the history of the Infinity Stones. Physically, he renders her energy projection abilities as so vast in might that they actually distort the light around her as she uses them, pure force charged to the red line and then unleashed.

In two hours the film weaves its story of personal intrigue with some bruising if sometimes confusing action sequences, and the odd cathartic fist pump of righteous triumph.

An avalanche of publicity has touted the first female superhero to carry a Marvel film, but this is not the women's empowerment story the orchestrated hype claims. Maybe it'll be among the worst Marvel movies to date.

This knowledge enticed Jax, who didn't hesitate to challenge Larson to a wrestling match once she found out.

The early critical consensus seems to be that Captain Marvel is standard superhero movie fare, nowhere near as good as Black Panther or Thor: Ragnarok, but pleasing to anyone looking to see a (female!) superhero kick serious butt.

The supporting cast offers some of the film's most enjoyable surprises. "We're not just putting it on a poster, that we're living it", she added. "It's got great dance songs, great ballads, I love Ariana". She fly. Photon blasts? Who wouldn't want this badass as the repository of all intelligence?

It also takes its girl-power theme more low-key for granted than you might expect, though its selection of 1990's rock tunes by mostly female lead singers is clever if also a little obvious.

After a mission goes wrong, Carol is captured by Skrulls, green shape-shifting aliens who are the Krees' detested enemies. So do her scientific mentor and her best friend, also women. (All the names in this corner of the canon are silly.) That battle eventually crash-lands Vers back on Planet C-53, which you and I call Earth.

The movie, which is set in the 1990s, follows the story of Carol Danvers (Larson), an interstellar superhero who teams up with a young Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to combat an extraterrestrial threat.

By an odd coincidence, Captain Marvel is the second movie in a month to feature a female protagonist trying to solve the mystery of her own backstory. There's also a young Agent Coulson, an explanation of how Nick Fury lost his eye, and a goddamn kitty-cat named Goose. She leaps onto the top of a train.

And while Carol's powers have significantly moved the goalposts and raised the stakes, that doesn't mean everything special about her comes from those powers, or that they make things any easier for her. In Pursuit of Flight is about unlocking the potential of our power, not simply how much of it or what kind we have. "But I got a friend I wanna pick up though before we get to doing that".

Leader of Starforce (Jude Law), Ronan (Lee Pace), Korath (Djimon Hounsou), Att-Lass (Algenis Perez Soto), Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Larson), Bron-Char (Rune Temte) and Minn-Erva (Gemma Chan). So are a lot of other Avengers, but they didn't set themselves up to deliver more. Larson's Vers is like someone trapped in a matrix - she has to shake off the dream of who she is to locate the superwoman she could be.

With 199 reviews presently accounted for, Captain Marvel now has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 82%, with 164 considered Fresh to 35 Rotten.

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