Captain Marvel – A much needed film or a filler?
So in preperation for the next upcoming film in the Avengers Saga – Endgame, Captain Marvel has been released which follows the adventures of Carol Danvers. Captain Marvel is currently at 7.20/10 at the time of writing this article on IMDB and 78% tomater and a 60% liked it rate on Rotten Tomatoes , so what are my thoughts?
The Goose (Good)
So Captain Marvel is our official introduction to Carol Denvers leading up to the events at the end of Avengers:Infinity War. It brings with it a great cast including Samuel L Jackon as Nick Fury, Jude Law as Yon-Rogg and Brie Larson as the lady Captain Marvel herself.
One really cool aspect of the film was seeing a young Nick Fury and seeing his persona develop and without going away too much, it reveals part of his background which has hidden for a while now. Alongside him is a young Agent Coulson played by Clark Gregg who you will know from the previous Avengers film/Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D tv series, who provides witty lines and provides the good guy looking to battle some aliens.
The Skrulls prove to be a formidable foe for Carol who are able to change their body to look like anybody in order to personate and infultrate thie enemies lines. Finally I would argue that this is up there with the best character introduction films matching the likes of Iron Man’s introduction in 2008 and Captain American’s in 2011 in the First Avengers film. To me, this film is better then 2018’s Black Panther which was highly anticipated and highly rated.
For you inpatient folks out there this might not be the film for you, given it is a great introduction and there is action, it is a slow starter and the action doesn’t feel as frequent as it should have been. This doesn’t impact the story but it does mean you might find yourself twiddling your thumbs for the 30-40 minutes of the film.
Though it will give you background into Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel I would argue it isn’t completely neccessary viewing prior to seeing Endgame as there are references to what might be coming up in Endgame but these are few and fair between. For me the film was more a filler and could have been as a somewhat rush job knowing that they had to have something to explain the ending to Infinity War but it was a good film none the less.
So overall I have mix feelings towards this film but as mentioned in the good I think it is one of the best introduction films, regardless of what people thought this isn’t a push for feminism and it was nice to see a female led superhero film in the Marvel universe. For anybody debating watching it, I would definitely give a try, though it isn’t for everybody I would give it a solid 7/10 overall.