Captain Marvel Review [SPOILER FREE]

The Goose is loose!

Directed by Anna Boden, and Ryan Fleck

Starring: Brie Larson (Captain Marvel), Samuel L Jackson (Nick Fury), Ben Mendelsohn (Talos), Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson), and Lashana Lynch (Maria Rambeau).

In theaters March 8, 2019

Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

If you haven’t figured it out from the trailers, the Captain Marvel film takes place in the 1990s, decades before the events in Avengers Infinity War.

Listen, as much as you will enjoy the 90s references (there are tons of them), there may come a point where you’ll say, “I get it!” I have to give credit to the soundtrack for being a collective of 90s greats. We are talking about Garbage, No Doubt, Nirvana, and more.  This falls along the same vein as Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy where their soundtrack was a collection of 70s and 80s hits.

Something that stands out in the film is the supporting cast. Not to take away from the performance of Brie Larson, but the supporting cast are stands out in the film. Samuel L. Jackson as a younger Nick Fury, Lashana Lynch as Marie Rambeau, and Ben Mendelssohn as Talos were essential to the flow, emotion, and fun factor. However, even with all these great actors involved, the true star of Captain Marvel is, by far, Goose the Cat. Surprisingly, the chemistry between Nick Fury and Goose was absolutely adorable! Total buddy cop material. It would be hilarious to see a Marvel short film featuring Fury and Goose on some type of cute S.H.I.E.L.D mission.

This film as a concept has a lot on its plate. You have to introduce a new character lead, have a strong tie-in to the upcoming Avengers: Endgame epic (arriving in theaters in April), and to top it off, this is Marvel’s very first female lead story within the film franchise. Black Panther had a similar road to travel (featuring the first black lead film in the official MCU), except there wasn’t a heavy connection placed on the Wakandan the same way it was with Captain Marvel story-wise, carrying the hype that she is supposedly a game-changer in the fight against the great Thanos.

Was it a success? For some it will be. Will it inspire young women and little girls to want to be her? Perhaps, but not on the same level as say DC’s Wonder Woman, and part of that is because no one outside of hardcore Marvel comic book fans would even know who Captain Marvel is, where she came from, and what her powers are. This falls in the Guardians of the Galaxy realm of introductions. The average person didn’t know what they were getting into, but were pleasantly surprised. Luckily, with the film being an amnesia story, you learn all the who, what, and whys along with the protagonist. Besides some distracting pacing issues, the only shortcoming in the film is the lack of humanity or personal flaws for the hero to overcome. Captain Marvel is enjoyable addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it will be interesting to see what she’ll have in store for Thanos in Avengers: Endgame.

Yes, there are two after credit scenes, and a new Marvel logo intro. 😉

RATING:  3.5/5