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Captain Marvel Review

After being upstaged by D.C. Comic's Wonder Woman, a.k.a. Diana Prince which came out just shy of two years, the first Marvel film to feature a female has finally been released and its Captain Marvel. Its only take 20 previous movies and over a decade for a female led film to arrive at the cinemas. The producers probably thought there wasn't a market for female led films which Wonder Woman proved wrong.

Captain Marvel is the strongest and most powerful of all the Marvel characters, she is in effect, the equivalent of Kara Danvers or her cousin Clark Kent, the Kryptonites that become as Supergirl and Man respectively. Carol unlike them is from Earth, how she becomes the most powerful is revealed in the film, after all, all film series start with how the characters came to be.

The film is set in 1995 so its a bit of a nostalgia film having been in my twenties during that decade. There are a number of songs from the nineties including one from Nirvana. In those days, Google wasn't around, it was all Alta-Vista and Yahoo, the former gets a mention along with Windows 95.

The film isn't linear, it jumps straight in and then later on through memory flashbacks, we learn about Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel. She's not called Captain Marvel, its a name that gets used later.

For those of you who are big fans of Samuel L. Jackson and have been disappointed about his side roles in previous films will not be disappointed in this film as he is more prevalent than in his previous roles as Nick Fury in other M.C.U. films. The producers have masterfully de-aged Samuel L. Jackson so he looks like he did in the nineties.

Its a good film, it does lag at times but that's to be expected of all films that they can sustain it all the way through. If you're looking for a movie to make a bold statement on society, a movie to push boundaries, then this isn't for you. The film passes the Bachdel Test which is not surprising when the film is female led. Had it failed the Bechdel Test, it would have been all over the news. It won't win best picture or actress, the actress has won an Oscar for Room in 2015. It could win for something that people don't usually rate a film on such as sound editing or cinematography but not for acting.

What you won't find in this film is a love-interest. Nick Fury provides the only real male side-kick to Marvel but their friendship is purely plutonic as they aim to protect Earth and the Skrulls.

Ben Mendelsohn is spot on as the leader of Skrulls who may or may not be the enemy that Carol needs to fight. Ben is an awesome actor who when he was doing the promotions for Rogue One stayed in character extolling the advantages of having a career in the Galactic Empire.

It was the first film since the Marvel "father" Stan Lee passed away the previous year. Instead of the usual Marvel kaleidoscope of characters, it was replaced with a dedication to Stan showing him in all his guest appearance. Stan does indeed to do a guest appearance here and its likely they'll be a cameo in the Endgame and also in the Spiderman movie. After Spiderman, who knows.

Why Captain Marvel and not Natasha Romanoff Movie?

Some had thought that maybe Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. Black Widow be the first female based Marvel film, after all her character has been with the Marvel Cinematic universe (M.C.U.) since Iron Man 2 in 20101. What better way to reward a loyalist than to have a movie based on her. The producers chose Captain Marvel instead.

The producers have started the process of making a Black Widow film. Natasha is not a superhero, she doesn't have any powers. Natasha is a Russian spy recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D. and therefore you can't expect the sort of action which comes with super powers hence the reason for going with Captain Marvel so they can show off stunts, technology and special powers. They seem to think stunts, technnology and powers mean it'll bring people in.


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