Captain Marvel (12A)

Before we regroup with the survivors of Thanos’ cull we finally get to meet Captain Marvel. So, was it worth the long wait?

Based on the beloved Marvel comic book series, Captain Marvel is the first stand-alone female-franchise title character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Former officer and Air Force test pilot Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) is at the top of her game, but then everything changes. An ambush leads to her capture and all memories of her prior life being wiped. Oh yeah and she’s on a completely different planet too, that’s important to remember.

Unbeknown to Danvers who’s now an extra-terrestrial Kree warrior, Earth is caught in the middle of an intergalactic war between two alien races, the Kree and the Skrulls, and she’s their only help.

With the help of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Danvers’ journey to discover who she really is uncovers the facts that she’s the universe’s most powerful hero. Not easily controlled, in the wrong hand Danvers is the ultimate weapon. Can she master her new-found powers before it’s too late? Let’s hope so, the fate of Earth depends on it.

Captain Marvel has been gained a lot of heat from press who were all too keen to call it a failure before it had a chance to gain momentum.

Then there was the enslaught of mansplaining Marvel fans telling Larson to ‘smile more’. As you can imagine Larson wasn’t going to tolerate this shite. She fought back against the sexist complaints with photoshopped male Marvel heros smiling to show just how creepy and dumb it was. Take a look at this article in Vice.

*Full disclosure:* I’m not the biggest Marvel fan. For me the Marvel universe is expanding at a rate where character development is at an all-time low so that when they inevitably meet their sticky end, I don’t care.

However, saying that I really enjoyed Captain Marvel, much more so than Wonder Woman. It’s refreshing to see a strong, female lead in a sci-fi movie who is more than just the skimpy outfit she wears, her love interest or how many times the director can get away with panning in on a latex-clad butt ala Black Widow.

Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel isn’t sexualised or leaning on a man to help her save the day. She’s her own hero.

Captain Marvel is a welcome addition to the Marvel franchise. It carefully balances action and comedy. The 90’s nostalgia was a huge bonus for me. It created the kind of charm the original Guardians of the Galaxy had. Carol Danvers is unstoppable and I’m all for it.

By Ruth Walker

★★★★☆

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