By Ethan Johnson
*Mild Spoilers ahead*
For more than ten years now, Marvel has been releasing movies every year adding on to their expansive cinematic universe. From Iron Man to Black Panther, a diverse cast of characters have been introduced to the big screen however until this year there had not been a single female led Marvel Superhero Movie. This changed with the release of Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson. Does Captain Marvel bring another entertaining installment to big screen or have superhero movies worn out their welcome.
The movie starts out with Brie Larson’s character, known as Vers, serving as soldier of the Kree civilization. However, she does not remember any part of her life from more than a few years ago nor does she know how she gained the ability to blast fiery energy from her arms. Vers and her allies are fighting an invasive race of shapeshifters known as skrulls that are seeking to take over the universe. When one of her missions goes wrong Larson’s character is separated from her team but also begins to find clues to her former life. Alongside a host of new characters, Captain Marvel also brings the return of fan favorites Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, and Phil Coulson, played by Clark Gregg.
Captain Marvel is filled with CGI actions shots, taking place in locations from strange alien worlds, space, and even 90s America. True to Marvel’s history, every shot looks beautiful with vibrant colors and unique environments. The action scenes are fast paced and yet still easy to follow, something that many movies struggle with. There were no CGI moments that felt out of place or sloppy. There were also no fights that seemed to drag on. The design of the movie was also very appealing. The costumes of many characters, especially Captain Marvel herself, were nice to look at while also having a clean and reasonable appearance to them.
The story itself mostly felt like other marvel movies. You had the hero with powers who would be dragged into some form of conflict. They would then go through some sort of personal growth before a final confrontation where they would defeat a villain who will most likely never be seen in another movie. This is the standard formula for many of Marvel’s releases and it has been entertaining for years if a good degree predictable. Captain Marvel’s storytelling also falls on the old trope of flashbacks to the past that give you the vague idea that you’ve seen this film before just under a different filter. However, there are multiple points in the story that are still surprising and make it entertaining.
Despite the fairly standard story, the characters throughout the movie shine. Samuel L Jackson does well reprising his role as Nick Fury only this time instead of being the head of S.H.I.E.L.D, he is a normal agent. Clark Gregg also reprises his role as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent only as this time he’s a rookie. Jackson shares an amazing on screen relationship with Larson. Their characters make a great team that is enjoyable in every minute they share on screen. Larson herself is not bad by any means either although she shares many qualities with the other Marvel heroes. The side characters also provide some of the best moments but it is difficult to relay their effect without spoiling the movie.
The humor throughout the movie is also very standard Marvel. It consists of snarky lines from the hero, awkward moments with the villian, and some basic slapstick style comedy. While many of the jokes do hit well and come at appropriate times, anyone tired of Marvel’s style of humor will find nothing different within this film. The charm is still there however and the movie never over does its humor keeping it place as an action film above a comedy.
With stunning settings, amazing CGI, fun characters with good relationships, and enjoyable action, Captain Marvel is a fun movie to watch. Even with a relatively standard Marvel story stuck releasing between Avenger 3 and 4, it manages to overcome and set its place among the other Marvel movies in recent years despite the ever growing sense that superhero movies seem to be everywhere. Though not a must watch Captain Marvel is great if looking for a movie that will help pass the time and have fun while doing it. I would give Captain Marvel a 7 out of 10.