“Captain Marvel” Review SPOILERS INCLUDED


Brie Larson as Captain Marvel (Courtesy of Disney)

Nicole Cobb

Marvel’s “Captain Marvel,” starring Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law and more is an amazing and impactful film. “Captain Marvel” makes its mark on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as its first movie with a female superhero in the title role.

While this move stars a woman, it was not too heavy handed with the idea of “girl power.” Make no mistake, Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), also known as Captain Marvel, is the definition of a powerful woman, but her story highlighted the power of simply being human. Her struggle is relatable to anyone who has fallen down and chosen to get back up.

What I really enjoy about Carol is her personality. She is funny, charismatic and has an amazing rapport with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). In every scene they shared, I could not stop smiling. The cat, Goose, was also adorable, and I totally predicted that Fury would lose his eye because of Goose. Weber sophomore Jake Friedman saw the movie and agreed with me, saying that he also thought “Fury and the cat were amazing.”

I was thrown for a loop when the Kree ended up being the bad guys and the Skrull were actually the good guys. I did not see that one coming. When Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) revealed that Carol had his Kree blood, I was convinced that the Skrull General Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) lied to Carol. I mean, Jude Law cannot possibly play a bad guy. Turns out, he was, and the fight between Carol and Yon-Rogg is my favorite in the movie.

During the fight, Yon-Rogg goads Carol to try to beat him without her photon blasts, to prove herself to him. She blasts him into a mountain and tells him she has nothing to prove to him. My second favorite fight was when Carol beat the Supreme Intelligence (Annette Bening). The Supreme Intelligence tells Carol that without the Kree, she is only human. An empowering montage of Carol getting back up after falling played, and then, BAM. Carol destroyed her power inhibitor and defeated the Supreme Intelligence.

After Carol reached her full potential, it was a breeze for her to take down a fleet of Kree ships and send them packing. The visual effects during this fight are beautiful and amazing. I honestly would have liked for Carol to be beaten while at full power and have to get back up again, but the third act was still very cool.

In addition to the story being deep and entertaining, there are a bunch of Easter eggs for Marvel fans. The appearance of the Tesseract surprised me and it was funny to see Carol play with it like a toy. Since Carol’s powers stem from the Tesseract, I think she would have similar power levels to Scarlet Witch, another hero with powers from an Infinity Stone.

I was torn whether or not the naming of the Avengers after Carol was clever. Since Nick Fury had Captain Marvel’s emergency pager since the nineties, it made me wonder why an alien invasion of New York or an army of robots trying to destroy Earth didn’t count as emergencies. I guess half of the universe had to die before Fury called his old friend. I love the character of Carol Danvers and I can’t wait for her to show up in “Avengers: Endgame.”