In just under a month, the epic conclusion to the tale of the OG Avengers will come to an end (presumably). This month, audiences get a glimpse of what will come after Avengers: Endgame (2019). Captain Marvel is the origin story of Carol Danvers, experimental pilot and survivor of multiple air and land wrecks. Seriously, her super power should be the power to survive plane/space craft/go-kart crashes.
Carol’s story doesn’t start as she’s testing an experimental plane, however. It doesn’t even start on Earth. It starts on the Kree home planet of Hala. Danvers, played by Brie Larson, serves as part of the Starforce. Trained by Yon-Rogg, played by Jude Law, she is attempting to control the cosmic powers given to her by the Kree ruler, an artificial intelligence by the name of the Supreme Intelligence. She also is struggling with the loss of her memories. Having no memory of her past other than dreams, she’s pulled into a war between the Kree and the Skrull, a race that can shapeshift.
The war eventually finds its way to Earth where Danvers will uncover more than just the mystery of how she lost her memory.
In the timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), the film takes place in the 1990’s before the Avengers would assemble in 2012 but after Captain America becomes a Capsicle in his film Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). One of the things I was worried about going into this film was the nostalgia factor. Sometimes films set in the past tend to bludgeon the audience with reference after reference, but not this film. For example, when Danvers asks where to find parts to repair her communicator, she’s able to repair it using parts from a Nintendo GameBoy.
The nostalgia factor is interesting in this case because for MCU fans, there are more than a few familiar faces in this film. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, and Phil Coulson return to the MCU as younger versions. Also making a return are the Kree natives Ronan and Korath which haven’t been since Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
Larson gives a solid performance of the title character with the best moments between her and Jackson. The buddy-buddy chemistry between the two produces the right mixture of seriousness and comedic relief throughout the movie. That being said, the character that steals every scene he’s in is Goose the cat. If Marvel wanted to make a Turner and Hooch (1989) version with Fury and Goose, I’d be okay with that.
The story had a steady pace and didn’t seem to drag. The action was equally good, what you’d expect out of a Marvel film.
As far as being family friendly, the film is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive language. There are a few instances of profanity and some suggestive language about women in the air force. Of course, there’s fantasy violence and intense action scenes.
One of the things that I thought the movie did lack was character building between Danvers and the rest of the Starforce. The relationship between Yon-Rugg is solid, but there’s one or two snippets of worthwhile dialogue between Danvers and the rest of the Starforce. Since these effects the rest of the film, I thought it was a bit lackluster.
Overall, Captain Marvel is a solid entry into the MCU with positive messages about what it means to be a hero. If you are looking for something to whet your appetite for Avengers: Endgame this is one to watch. It will also answer some questions fans of the MCU have been asking since the beginning.