The Marvelous Captain Marvel

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The Marvelous Captain Marvel

Allison Alben, Design Editor

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    With “Avengers: Endgame” right around the corner, Marvel fans have been waiting in anticipation for any sign that our favorite heroes may be able to beat the odds, stop Thanos, and most importantly, survive — picking apart each trailer, every poster, leaving no Infinity Stone unturned. At the end of “Avengers: Infinity War,” we got that sign in the form of a ‘90s-era pager that sports only the Captain Marvel logo.

    At the time, fans were cheering and screaming in the theater. Although I suppose that after the utter beating that our hearts all took during “Infinity War,” any hope could and should be celebrated. But as the film’s premier approached, with “Endgame” looming in the background, some were nervous that the film would fail to live up to the hype. It premiered on March 8, on International Women’s Day, no less, and it has already dominated the box office.

    So how good was the movie?

    I’ll put it this way: That hype? Met and surpassed. Significantly.

    Being Marvel’s first female superhero movie, the film had more than a lot to live up to. Marvel’s been on a diversification kick lately (which is fantastic, honestly), so this had to be a movie that gave women and young girls a superhero that was all their own, one that they couldn’t be more than proud of.

  Captain Marvel is perfect. She’s funny, sarcastic, intelligent, completely brave, and a super epic hero that’s next to impossible to dislike. Seriously, this movie has done so well thus far for a reason.


The Plot


    Regarding plot, the movie isn’t the most unpredictable, extraordinary film that’s ever graced the movie world. Here’s the official synopsis à la IMDb: “After crashing a key on uncharted territory, Air Force pilot Carol Danvers is brought up by the Kree to being a member of the elite Starforce Military under the command of her mentor Yon-Rogg. Six years later, after crash landing on Earth while under attack by the Skrulls, Danvers begins to discover that she is not who she believes she is. With help from SHIELD agent Nick Fury, Danvers begins to unravel the truth about her past. What she discovers is a secret that will unleash her true power and become one of the universe’s most powerful heroes ever known.” So, it’s good. Not great, but not bad either. It’s a decent plot. For some, decent isn’t enough, but it just works.


    “Captain Marvel” had a big job. Not only did it have to create a hero capable of saving everyone in Endgame, but it had to tie together some loose ends from the rest of the Marvel franchise, such as those from the first Avengers film. It’s sort of like the “Rogue One” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here’s the thing, though. Star Wars’ “Rogue One” was terrible. “Captain Marvel” is not. The film does a great job at making you go “Oh, so that’s what happened,” and it does so repeatedly. Some of these moments are funny, and some are dramatic, but each one works in their own way.


The Cast


    Marvel wasn’t playing around with this cast. Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson plays the title character, supported by Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau, Jude Law as Yon-Rogg and more. Larson’s performance in the movie is commendable. It isn’t the most dramatic, award-winning performance of the year, but it is done well just the same.


Effects and Soundtrack


    What other praises can be sung to this movie? There are certainly more. The effects and cinematography are stellar (not that it’s surprising, considering that it’s Marvel), and the editing is more than worthy of an Oscar (Infinity War was snubbed, I’ll tell you!). The soundtrack is also fantastic, and it’s perfect for those fans of ‘90s pop/rock music like R.E.M. and Nirvana.


    All in all, “Captain Marvel” is an absolutely amazing movie, deserving of all the praise it has received. It really is utterly Marvel-ous (pun definitely intended). With a great cast, decent plot and breathtaking effects, this film has it all.


  “Captain Marvel” is in theaters now, so make sure to catch the next showing. Enjoy the movie!