Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel has a special place in the separate movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The 21st movie marked the debut of superhero Carol Danvers is also the last episode before Avengers: Endgame.

Captain Marvel herself has been an interesting, curious, and controversial mystery ever since Brie Larson was selected for the role. Right from the original comic book, Carol Danvers has been portrayed as a heroine with boundless power that can teleport an entire planet. Because of that, she is the savior of the Avengers group after the defeat in Infinity War before the villain Thanos.

The importance of this character was confirmed by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, that she will lead the next generation of superheroes, who will continue the Iran Man trilogy – Captain America – Thor. Her first solo episode is also given great responsibility for shaping the future of the MCU.

But when the Captain Marvel trailer was released, it sparked a wave of negative reviews about the content and the “dumb face” of Brie Larson. Along with that, the public opinion attaching the heavy feminist message to the film makes it a “thorn” in the eyes of many audiences.

So at the end, when it comes to ignoring all of the rumors and controversy above, is Captain Marvel truly outstanding? Let’s find out the answer with right now

First of all, Captain Marvel is not a regular origin movie like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, or Spider-Man. The filmmakers are not pursuing the numerical-zero-to-hero journey motif but with non-linear storytelling.

The film starts with female warrior Vers (Brie Larson) practicing under the guidance of her teacher Yon-Rogg (Jude Law). She was taught to control the hidden energy within her. Vers is the most formidable Kree warrior and is destined to lead the Starforce force.

Despite the green blood, the strange images sometimes appear in dreams, making Vers doubting her true origin. While participating in a dangerous mission, Vers is captured by the Skrulls and questioned his memories. With overwhelming strength, she easily escaped captivity and chased the Skrulls to Earth. On her journey to prevent the Skrulls from finding the speed of the light engine, she discovers her true identity.

Although new, this storytelling is nothing new in cinema, and even more so as a breakthrough as promised by Marvel Studios. The first half of the film feels like a crime-solving movie, but at times it’s a bit dragging. With the main storyline revolving around Captain Marvel’s chase and confrontation with two Kree factions – Skrull, revelations about the superhero woman’s past are interlocked at reasonable times.

In addition to the context that the universe takes up a lot of time, the film is also similar to Guardians of the Galaxy in comedy. The highlight for the movie must include Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and especially Goose – in fact, an alien species named Flerken. The duo made the audience laugh at the scenes they appeared in. Goose’s “baby cat”, with her great skills, will soon become the new “mascot” of the MCU along with Groot. Marvel won big by allowing Samuel L. Jackson to freely develop Nick Fury as he wanted. Fury is the main factor in creating dozens of laughter. He perfectly portrayed an agent’s surprise when he first saw the alien. However, Mr. Fury still possesses a sublime head that even superheroes dare not underestimate. With only a shotgun, he killed both the aliens and made a fighting companion with the most powerful superhero woman in Marvel history. As a talented actor, the role of Jude Law in Captain Marvel is meager. Yon-Rog has not been fully exploited, leaving many important details left. Suffering the same fate as “Ronan” Lee Pace. Marvel “revived” the man on the side of Thanos after being finished by the Guardians of the Galaxy in Guardian Of The Galaxy Vol.1. However, the prequel part still does not help the audience know much more about this tall executioner with a hobby of killing. Clark Gregg also shared the situation that Marvel ignored the development because young agent Coulson appeared on screen for few minutes, on the contrary, Ben Mendelsohn surprised the audience with his funny and graceful villain. Along with Samuel L. Jackson, he proved that MCU’s comedy has never let the audience down.

The image of Captain Marvel is so different and proves that the audience’s criticism is ridiculous. She may not be as fiery as Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow or Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, her charisma is not as “cool” as Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, but Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel is the heroic image we need the most.

With her iron will, Carol Danvers, even without superpowers, is enough to admire. Her maturation process proves one thing: what men can do, women can do. Besides Carol, there is no handsome six-pack man, but instead is the like-minded Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch). Carol is strong, fierce to the end for her goal, although somewhat brash, but still full of affection and reason. Those are the basic qualities that Captain Marvel represents for the new generation of women. 

Captain Marvel has surprising content, but not to the point of surprise. Marvel Studios has “trained” its fans too well, to reach the 21st episode, fans have their own dozens of theories, and some of them are correct! The twist of the film is convincing but ineffective in terms of emotion. The film lacks a climax that makes the audience explode, this is probably the most unfortunate point for Captain Marvel.

The context of the 90s has not made a strong impression. We had a blockbuster store, early-life computers with crawling speed, and the grunge fashion that was prevailing at the time, but the selected songs didn’t excite the way Guardians of the Galaxy did.

The action scenes are quite diverse, from fights on a speedboat to chasing planes, great space battles, often reminiscent of Star Wars. But the worrying point is that the power of Captain Marvel is too “terrible” that makes the competition less dramatic. It is not clear in Endgame how Carol will coordinate with her Avengers teammates because she alone is enough to make Thanos run away from sandals.

In short, Captain Marvel is not really as good as expected, but still ensures the high entertainment of a Marvel movie. The film answers a lot of questions and has 2 extremely interesting post-credits, in which the mid-credits scene connecting the two Infinity War- Endgame movies directly makes fans excited.

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