Thanos is screwed.
This won’t be a spoiler review, but wow. I just got home from watching Captain Marvel and let me tell you…its a great movie. I’m not gonna do a normal review where I break down every plot point of the movie and give you the boring ‘critic speak’ that you’re used to seeing. I am going to do this as a true, die-hard Marvel fan. So here we go.
This movie is the perfect way to introduce Marvels first true female superhero lead in her own movie. Carol Danvers (same name as Supergirl from DC, kinda weird) is a badass. The things she does in this movie are amazing and simply defy logic. Not like, real world logic, but superhero logic. Some of the things she does makes you think “Uh…how can one person do this? How is anyone going to beat her!?” Which is a good thing! The last thing Marvel Studios needed to do was introduce a female character and have her be lame. She is FAR from lame let me tell you.
I won’t get into it now, but there is a gigantic plot twist that I don’t think anyone will see coming. If you are familiar with the comics then you’ll be shocked. Even if you’re not familiar with the comics, you’ll still be thrown off a bit. In a good way. This isn’t your typical superhero origin story either. Which is a welcome sight. If there is one critique that Marvel can’t quite overcome, its that most of their superhero origin stories kind of follow the same pattern. Not this one. It does start off a bit slow, as most origin stories do, introducing characters and plot points and whatnot. But once you get past the first 20 minutes or so of world building, this movie kicks ass.
Brie Larsen plays this role perfectly. Throughout the entire movie, not once does she play the damsel in distress like most female characters do at some point in time. This isn’t to say that she doesn’t find herself in tight situations, because she does. The only difference is that instead of relying on someone else to help her out, Carol Danvers gets her game face on and kicks ass. All the ass. I can’t stress to you enough how much Captain Marvel kicks ass. When Kevin Feige said that Captain Marvel was going to be the most powerful superhero yet, he was not exaggerating whatsoever. If her and Thor were to go toe-to-toe, you’d have a hard time convincing me that the God of Thunder stands any legitimate chance.
How Captain Marvel fights is cool to watch too. That’s one of the things that Marvel really excels at in my eyes. Making each one of their heroes have a distinct fighting style. And this is no different. And the photon blasts that come out of her hands are amazing to watch. It literally makes you sit there and try to imagine a way that Thanos is going to handle her. Even with his Infinity Gauntlet, its gonna be a really tough feat.
This movie doesn’t really set anything up past Avengers Endgame either. I liked that. Marvel Studios is leaving everyone in the dark when it comes to what to expect after that movie and I hope it stays that way. Don’t tell us. I don’t need to know every movie coming out yet. After seeing this movie, I have no idea what is going to happen in Endgame. I was hoping Captain Marvel would confirm my suspicions about how exactly this movie would effect the next Avengers but boy was I wrong.
Obviously I am a male, so I can’t really relate to what females of all ages are going to go through when they see this movie and what emotions they will feel, but it was pretty cool watching a girl be the lead badass on the screen for once. For the entire movie too. And no, this is not a #MeToo movie disguised as a superhero movie. So if you are one of the mindless shitheads who continuously talk bad about this movie because you think its going to alienate men or push some social agenda, you can kindly shut the hell up. And if anyone tells you otherwise, they’re just looking for a reason to dislike this movie. Its a great addition to the MCU and I can’t wait to see what Carol Danvers bring to the rest of the universe.
Oh, and this really isn’t a spoiler, but at the beginning of the movie pay attention to when they do the opening credits sequence. There is a Stan Lee tribute that doesn’t overshadow the movie, but it definitely tugs on the ol heartstrings. It really sucks that Stan the Man is gone. He has no idea how much he meant to thousands of people out there. Sucks that he won’t be able to see all of his dreams come true or see all of his characters interact on the big screen. I hope they have a TV in heaven so he can watch all these movies and be amazed at what HE has created.
And yes, there are TWO post credit scenes.
We’re onto Avengers Endgame now…..