Posted on April 10, 2019
Captain Marvel brings a new story to the MCU.
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Captain Marvel is the newest installment in the Marvel franchise. The movie came out in 2019, and was directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. The movie is standalone, but also has other Marvel characters in it. The film was released to tell the backstory of Carol Danvers, who was called in the post credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War, to tell her story before Avengers: Endgame.
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Captain Marvel tells the story of Carol Danvers. It takes place in 1995, and stars on the planet of Hala, the homeplanet of the species known as the Kree. Here, Vers (Carol) learns to fight, and train against the Skrulls, another alien race. On an undercover mission to kill some Skrulls, Carol gets captured, and has her memory probed by the Skrulls. She eventually fights her way out, only to crash land into the middle of a Blockbuster (RIP) in Los Angeles. This attracts SHIELD, and brings along Agent Coulson and Agent Fury. She tells Fury what is going on, and he doesn’t believe her, until he experiences the Skrulls first hand. Eventually, she and Fury start working together, and they head over to a a US Air Force base, where Project Pegasus was being conducted. After sneaking in, and going through some files, she finds out she isn’t Kree at all, but human. She was-is- a human named Carol Danvers who was once part of the US Air Force, and was presumed dead in 1989, while testing an experimental jet engine made by Dr. Wendy Lawson, someone she looked up to. They get ambushed by SHIELD, and escape to Louisiana to visit one of Carols old friends. The cat (or flerken) known as Goose, is a stowaway on the ship. In Louisiana, they meet with Monica Rambeau, the person who last saw Carol and Dr. Lawson alive. They reconnect for a bit, with as much as they can, to help remember who Carol was. *** PLOT SPOILERS AHEAD*** Talos, the head Skrull, arrives, but reveals that him and his people are refugees, searching for a home planet, after theirs was destroyed. He also reveals that Lawson was actually Mar-Vell, a renegade Kree scientist. Talos then plays a recording from the day the jet went down, and this prompts Carol to remember what happened: with Dr. Lawson unable to destroy the energy core, Carol takes it upon herself to destroy it. However, instead of destroying it, she absorbs it, which gives her powers, but causes her to lose her memory. They then go and find Dr. Lawsons lab in space, where more Skrulls are waiting. Here she harnesses the full potential of her powers, by removing the Kree device that was planted in her neck. The Kree stop by, and a full fight breaks out. Eventually, Danvers and her party are victorious. She leaves with the Skrulls to find them a new homeland in space, but leaves Fury with a modified pager, to call her if he’s in trouble. Fury also renames his original superhero plan to be called “Avengers”, after Carol Danvers Air Force sign.
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This movie gave me the same feeling Wonder Woman did after I saw it in theaters for the first time. Basically, it made me feel powerful, and that I could do anything I wanted. It’s refreshing to see a new story on screen, instead of the same white, male superhero, this is also why Black Panther was refreshing, it was different. Carol also dealt with catcalling, being told to control her emotions and misogyny. When she was in the Air Force, women weren’t allowed to fly fighter jets, so she, Monica and Dr. Lawson would wake up extra early and fly the jets Lawson was working on. She gets catcalled while looking at a map and then steals the guy’s motorbike (he deserved it). Her mentor on Kree kept telling her to control her emotions, but she eventually realizes that her emotions, and her being human, is what makes her strong, and embraces them to her full potential. Basically, these are real events women go through, and it was nice to see them represented on screen, but with a good outcome. This movie is important for both little kids and grown adults. Grown woman can finally see themselves represented on screen, and little girls can see who they could be. It’s an important movie.
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The movie itself was cheesy at parts, but most Marvel movies are. There was a Stan Lee tribute at the beginning that made me shed a few tears (Thanks Stan)! It was a fun, exciting Marvel backstory, that I can’t wait to see more of in Endgame and hopefully a sequel to this movie. The story had a nice plot twist that I didn’t see coming, and you got to learn more about Nick Fury. Also, Nick Fury naming the Avengers Initiative is pretty cool, and no one can change my mind. Carol Danvers was also technically the first Avenger, so that’s also pretty cool. I also really hope she kills Thanos in Endgame, but that’s just me.
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Anyway, this movie was great and enjoyable, and I can’t wait to watch again, and see more of her soon in Endgame! I highly recommend this movie, especially if you’ve been waiting to see it! It will make you feel things!!!
Not perfect, but a new, exciting movie in the Marvel Universe