“Captain Marvel” is the 21st film in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and follows up 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War”. The movie stars Brie Larson, Ben Mendelsohn, Lashana Lynch, Jude Law & Annette Benning. Familiar faces within the MCU also return such as Samuel L. Jackson as “Nick Fury”, Clark Gregg’s “Phil Colson”, Djimon Hounsou’s “Korath” & Lee Pace’s “Ronin The Accuser”. The film is directed newcomers Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck who for their independent films & TV shows.
The year is 1995 and the Earth is caught between an space war between 2 alien species, the Kree & the Skrulls. Vers (Larson) is an upcoming Kree officer who is sent aid the Kree and join Commander Rogg (Law) in search of a missing officer. During their search, the Kree are ambushed by the Skrulls and Vers and a small group of Skrulls are blasted out of space and land on Earth. When Vers arrives, she meets the FBI and Special Agent Nick Fury (Jackson) who after having his own Skrulls encounter, agrees to help her behind the FBI’s back. However, as they begin the hunt, things take an unexpected turn when old FBI & USAF files reveal Vers having a life and career on Earth as Carol Danvers. The more she looks into the files more she realizes the tragic history between the Earth, the Kree & the Skrulls.
Marvel has been known for their big hits with their MCU films but they do have their films that fall short like “Thor: The Dark World”, “Iron Man 2” & “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” or films that don’t live up to the hype like “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, “Black Panther” & “Ant Man & The Wasp”, this falls short of the mark. The film does have good moments however they’re isn’t enough to carry the movie. Brie Larson does give a solid performance but comes across as choppy at times and isn’t believeable throughout the movie. Her scenes with Samuel L. Jackson are great but when it’s goes from Vers to Carol, her mood and character doesn’t change despite being from different worlds. Unfortunately, much like the rest of Marvel’s villains, the one here once comes across as one dimensional & uninteresting. The action is solid but after Guardians of the Galaxy already bought the sci-fi action to us, Captain Marvel doesn’t show us anything we haven’t seen before. The whole having a “female superhero” cliche has already run its course. If Marvel wanted join the party, then this movie should’ve came around the same time as DC’s “Wonder Woman”. Where as that film had everything to present very strong female superhero, Marvel relied on nostalgia & MCU nods, to flush out its newest hero and it falls short.
Overall, the movie is entertaining for the most part. Solid performances and action make it enjoyable to watch but after the success of the previous film, Marvel tries to capitalize on the wrong aspects of the new film. They made the same mistake during “Iron Man 2” , relying on previous success and fan anticipation rather than just focusing on making a great film. Then again the after credits scenes do have me excited for “Avengers: Endgame”.