Culture - Film review: Captain Marvel


Judging by future projects, the studio already seems to be banking on female heroes for its post Avengers: End Game rollout, hiring director Cate Shortland to helm a long-rumoured standalone movie for Scarlett Johansson's character Black Widow, which includes a script from Jac Schaeffer, one of the women on the writing team for Captain Marvel. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are best-known for low-budget, character-driven dramas such as 2006's Half-Nelson and 2015's Mississippi Grind.

Captain Marvel soars to cinemas today, embroiled in backlash - as many films with female leads are wont to have. Is it mind-boggling this hasn't happened already, after 20 prior films in this series?

Which could be a troll on a troll, trolling us now to cover up for revealing something a bit premature then, but here's another theory: Goose. The restraint is refreshing.

During the climax, the Kree and Skulls fight against each other for the Tesseract with Captain Marvel fighting for the Skrull side as she now knows the intentions of Yon-Rogg (Jude Law).

The pair of them are Kree, inhabitants of the planet Hala, where he runs an elite military unit and she is his bright protege. Take a look at our picks in the video below, and let us know which titles we've missed in the comments... The actress made headlines weeks before the film was released, attracting an onslaught of trollish attacks on the reviews-aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. We see Bruce Banner, who says whatever signal it was sending finally crapped out. It's just those memory fragments, poking through with clever edits.

"It's 2019. And everybody here looks for the day when it is not newsworthy that a woman is directing this kind of movie", she said at press conference in Singapore.

The best way we can explain this is by looking to Age of Ultron where we learned Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch were the only two survivors of experiments with the Mind Stone, so perhaps Carol is like them in that she's one of few living beings able to endure and become enhanced by the energy of an Infinity Stone.

Khan is a spectacularly powerful figure, but she is also, notably, someone with specific, relatable challenges and struggles to overcome, from what to wear to how to deal with the complex expectations of her family, friends, and community. The leaked Captain Marvel credits scenes tell us that she can instantly appear wherever she wants to, so she could have visited Earth anytime and stayed in touch with Fury.

That's bolstered by the movie's 1995 setting. By placing its characters at the forefront and allowing the action to flow organically, the MCU has produced some of the most relatable schlock to ever pummel the screen. The stars are reflected in Captain America's eyes as the camera zooms in on him, followed by them warping out into the cosmos. They're great for normal, everyday world disaster.

Or maybe the problem was Captain Marvel herself, as portrayed by Brie Larson. Captain Marvel shows women in the military and taking charge of heroic missions. The quips often feel surgically added by a script doctor.

And what makes "Captain Marvel" special that it has many firsts to its credit. For now, fans can only guess as to how Nat and the rest of the Avengers - including, supposedly, Thor and Rocket, who also survived the snap and seem to be hanging around the compound - will react to Carol showing up out of nowhere. Even though this is just the first 30 minutes of the movie, I think from the poster near the ticket booth where we purchased our tickets that it is quite clear that the answer is Captain Marvel.