Captain Marvel was first introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) when Nick Fury sent out a signal to call for aid at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. Since then, fans have been desperately waiting for her solo movie to hit theaters, with the hope that it will reveal the fate of our favorite superheroes in the next installment of the Avengers.
In the comics, the hero Captain Marvel isn’t just one person. It’s different men and women who all inherited the moniker as the torch was passed from the first Captain Mar-Vell. In Captain Marvel, the original Mar-Vell (Annette Bening) makes an appearance as an acquaintance of Carol Danvers (Brie Larsen), who becomes Captain Marvel (originally known in the comics as Ms. Marvel) after absorbing powers from an energy-core explosion.
Released on March 8th, National Women’s Day, Captain Marvel made its mark as the first Marvel movie to focus solely on a female character. An interview in Vulture with Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, declared Captain Marvel, “by far the strongest character we’ve ever had.” With a box office value at $455 million, and powers to combat Thanos, Captain Marvel is just what Marvel fans all around the world have been looking for.
Vers (Larson) is first introduced as a Kree warrior who is trained to fight the Skrulls, shape shifting beings that have been attacking various Kree planets and killing innocent people for centuries.
Or so she thinks.
When Vers is captured by the Skrulls and sent hurtling towards Planet C-53 (Earth), she discovers that her past is not exactly what it seems. With the help of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), younger and sans eyepatch, and Phillip Coulson (Clark Gregg), Vers discovers her true identity as Carol Danvers, a pilot in the U.S. Air Force.
Danvers must decide where her loyalties lie in a war between the Krees and the Skrulls while also trying to untangle flashbacks from her past. Captain Marvel isn’t only about the intense action scenes and the abilities that make Danvers superhuman. Sarcastic, intelligent, and “quick tempered” as described by Brie Larson, Marvel has the character flaws of a real person, which makes her story so much more empowering for women. Her story is also about discovering her own identity, and facing adversity as a woman in the Air Force; showing that not even superheroes are exempt from gender inequality. The film illustrates that it isn’t only Captain Marvel, the superhero, that must overcome gender stratification, but her human alter-ego as well.
Like all the best movies in the MCU, there is an excellent mix of humor, action, and heart-wrenching moments that make audiences really connect with all the different characters. “At this point it’s hard for Marvel Studios to disappoint. Brie Larson is perfect in the role!” says Justin, a junior. ”There are no signs that the MCU is slowing down.” Audiences also enjoyed all the moments and cameos from other movies, since Captain Marvel is the first movie in the MCU that is set before all the others, revealing how major plot points in the Marvel movies came to be.
Captain Marvel is exactly what Marvel fans were hoping for to tide them over until Avengers: Endgame, which comes out April 26th.
By: Gretchen Buchmann, Sports Editor
Featured Image: Movie poster showcasing Marvel’s most powerful hero, Captain Marvel. (Photo courtesy of IMDB.com)