Review: ‘Captain Marvel’ brings missing pieces together

Newest MCU installment adds action, humor


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The action-packed movie “Captain Marvel” was released on Friday, March 8, 2019, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. This movie ties together loose ends from the previously released Marvel film, “Avengers: Infinity War.” In the last installment, the Avengers were trying to defeat Thanos. At the end, Nick Fury was caught in the crossfire and called Captain Marvel on a unique pager. This flick answered questions fans had, such as how Fury got the scar over his eyes, how Fury and Captain Marvel knew each other, where Captain Marvel came from and how she got her powers and weaknesses.

Captain Marvel begins with Carol Danvers, played by Brie Larson, abruptly waking up from having nightmares of a woman holding a gun in war. The scene then shifts from a real world setting to a galactic neighborhood. Carol looks out the window in a space town with flying cars, floating houses and space suits worn by the inhabitants. Each alien looks to not be human but takes the form of humans. This movie’s setting has an incredible resemblance to the hit film “Total Recall,” which was released in 2012. In “Total Recall,” the main character lived up in the clouds, in floating houses and flying hover cars.

Conflicting scenes started to confuse the audience when the enemy was searching for answers in Captain Marvel’s mind. She was hooked up to a machine, hands bound and held upside down. The alien-like creatures were searching for something in Carol’s mind that would benefit to them in taking over the galaxy.

The directors slid humor into the movie, which made it more entertaining to watch. The movie’s humor was funny at times, but they should’ve kept other scenes plain and serious. The action was great but the humor made “Captain Marvel” seem foolish.

International Women’s Day was on the same day as the release date of “Captain Marvel.” Carol exemplified the concept of woman power. This movie showed the audience how strong and powerful women can be under pressure, since the main character is a woman fighting to save the world. The audience appreciated how Marvel honored women in this film by showing the power of womanhood. For example, in fighting scenes, the character Yonn-Rogg, played by Jude Law, kept telling Carol to stop using her emotions when fighting and just be in the moment. This related to the real-life stereotype that women are weak and only think with their emotions.

This movie deserves 9 out of 10 stars. Overall, the movie is great but the humor was pressured and made some parts less humorous. The concept of the film made sense and tied into other Marvel films, especially “Avengers: Infinity War.”