Captain Marvel movie leads into final MCU installment


Chuck Zlotnick

Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) Photo: Chuck Zlotnick ©Marvel Studios 2019

Josh Guerrero, Staff Writer

Captain Marvel, Marvel’s second to last installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is helping to bring the blockbuster series full circle.

Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, is the first Marvel movie with the lead hero character featuring a woman. It takes place in the 1990s before most of the other movies in the MCU so the famous characters viewers know like Nick Fury, SHEILD Agent Coulson and Ronan the Accuser are all at least 20 years younger in Captain Marvel.

The reason many fans are excited about this movie is because Captain Marvel is expected to be an important character to undo the damage done by Thanos at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. In a post-credit scene at the end of Infinity War, Nick Fury is seen using a customized-pager that displays the iconic logo for Captain Marvel signaling her expected emergence in End Game movie, which will hit theaters on April 26.

Infinity War set up End Game as a vehicle to bring resolution to the disappearance of half of all life on Earth, including the Avengers heroes, who were seen disintegrating at the end of Infinity War. With half of all life gone, many fans were shocked but were excited by the surprise ending. Fans will be eagerly wanting to see Captain Marvel for any tidbits they can learn about how she will battle Thanos and possibly bring back the huge loss of life on Earth.

That might seem like a tall order, but in her own movie, Captain Marvel proved how powerful she is.

I saw the movie the day it came out and liked it quite a bit. I wasn’t expecting anything at first since I didn’t know much about Captain Marvel at all except that she was powerful. The movie started of fairly slow as it rolled out all of the who, what, where, when, how and why. However, as the story played out it really just gets better and better.

When the audience first encounters Captain Marvel, she is known as “Vers” when she lived among the Kree aliens on the planet Hala. This name appears to be the result of a broken dog tag that was found at the site where she crashes a jet when she was a U.S. Air Force pilot. However, Vers true identity is unknown as well as the origin of her own powers.

At the beginning of the movie we see Vers hunting down aliens called Skrulls. She chases them to Earth because she believes they are seeking a weapon that will be used against the Kree. During her adventures on Earth she experiences flashbacks to her previous life some six years after disappearing from Earth. As the movie progresses she discovers who she really is and where her powers come from. The director did a really good job introducing a new major character on par with the Iron Man and Captain America origin story movies.

There is also a huge plot twist in the movie that absolutely sold me on the movie. Marvel movies aren’t known for their plot twist so it was really refreshing and new to see it in the Marvel Universe.

Actress Brie Larson did a really good job in my opinion. I thought she was a great pick for playing Captain Marvel, seeing her in the costume with the really cool looking effects like the glowing eyes and mohawk hair was amazing.

I know some were concerned about her being casted as Captain Marvel but critics seem to have enjoyed her performance. In fact, the movie is already doing better than it was expected to do. It was just something new that I’m not really used to seeing so it was nice and new to watch.

It also featured stunning visuals with space battles and Captain Marvel using her powers which don’t compare visually to anything else we’ve seen before.

I would definitely go watch this movie if your a fan of Marvel movies. It also has an end credits scene that reveals a very big thing in the upcoming Avengers End Game.