Almost every aspect of this film is half-baked. As we learn her story, we grow to know and admire her - a technique of emotional involvement that Marvel has always excelled so well at igniting. It's chock full of '90s nostalgia, not just in memorabilia you'll spot, but also in its storytelling and soundtrack. Not yet fully trained by Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) to control the powers that she can not remember how she gained, Vers crashes on a mid-1990s Earth after a violent battle with Skrull leader Talos (Ben Mendelsohn). Arriving on the odd planet raises even more questions, especially after meeting S.H.I.E.L.D. For those of you who have set your peepers on the end credits of the last Avengers flick, you may have noticed that Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) whipped out an actual pager to contact Captain Marvel.
Carol's struggle against forces that want to delegitimize her becomes the recurring theme of Captain Marvel. She is smart, witty, and yes, a bad-arse. Only MCU newcomer Lashana Lynch, playing a fellow pilot who is Danvers' best friend and surrogate family, truly stands out. We may also see something special from her cat Goose.
Captain Marvel marks the first Marvel film with a female as the titular character.
Long gone are the days when a movie star making the leap to TV could be seen as a demotion-shoutout to the McConaissance-but you'd be forgiven for wondering why Larson is headed to Apple, of all destinations.
Jackson's character has been an important part of the Avenger's universe.
Larson answered plenty more questions in the video, including whether or not she's left-handed (she's right-handed, but learned how to fight with both for the film).
On the flip side, the film has some noticeable drawbacks that its Marvel brethren (and pointedly, this movie only has brothers) do not, starting with the performances.
But for me, personally, it is the strength of Maria and Carol's relationship that elevates the film to another level. Note: this will probably only impact MCU diehards - but be reminded of when in the timeline was S.H.I.E.L.D. first referenced in the movies, and the journey of the Tessaract.
She's followed to Earth by the Krees' arch enemies, the Skrulls, who staged the rescue mission in order to capture Vers and probe her brain for memories that might help them locate a power crucial to their survival. Lynch's Maria is a flawless compliment to Larson's Danvers. It does, however, show just how strong Carol Danvers is and why Thanos is in for more than he can likely handle.
The two different scenes serve some very different purposes. The decade was a time where feminism was re-defining itself.
What she can not do, alas, is make the makers of the Marvel movies veer sufficiently from their well-worn and highly lucrative template to give her the memorable and distinctive vehicle that she deserves. Not to mention the music that filled my angsty teenage days like Hole, Garbage, Nirvana, No Doubt, etc...
Larson, whose directorial debut "Unicorn Store" hits Netflix next month, said she felt encouraged by steps Hollywood studios were taking to be more inclusive.
The host enquired: "Did you tell anybody though?" Captain Marvel doesn't deviate from the formula at all. The exposition, especially in the first act, feels a bit breakneck at times as it rushes to try and get out of its own way. As the character's amnesiac and planetarily displaced alter ego Carol Danvers, Brie Larson seems perpetually on the verge of either cocking an eyebrow or shrugging with disinterest. But when it does.goosebumps galore. There's a little Thor in amnesiac Carol's return to her home planet as she navigates the would-be alien world, and there is, of course, a bit of Captain America as she too is a woman out of time.
Captain Marvel releases in Australian cinemas this Thursday March 7.
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