Captain Marvel is marvelous

Lizzy Snow, Copy Editor

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Captain Marvel is a superheroine movie that truly and thoroughly gives viewers a lot to think about. Not just about its plot, but also the ways it pushed the envelope, both in characters and format. The movie, instead of focusing on moments of action, reflected on moments of humanity and relationships. Despite the alien Kree and Skrull characters throughout the film, Captain Marvel is one of the most human entries to the Marvel Cinematic Universe I have ever seen. Brie Larson’s character, the titular Captain Marvel, is a tongue-in-cheek woman who has a sense of humor that is so dry it could rival Southern California pre-2019 rain season. Her snarky remarks and moments of pure glee add a nuanced take on the experience of being a woman in the nineties. She handles the issues of sexism throughout the movie with ease and overcomes problems through strength. Larson portrays a woman anyone can relate to on some level. Captain Marvel or Carol Danvers isn’t a goddess or a superspy. She isn’t versed in the world of aliens. She’s a female pilot in the last half of the 20th century who’s making a name for herself. She’s normal looking, an unlike Marvel superheroines of the past, and isn’t sexualized for the male audience.
Samuel L. Jackson reprises his role of the gruff and hardcore superspy Nick Fury in Captain Marvel. Except in this prequel, he plays a relatively tame version of the character. Through the process of deaging (or some sort of Disney magic as I like to say) Jackson is deaged to look eerily like his days in Pulp Fiction. The chemistry between Fury and Danvers read as a sort of “buddy cop” partnership intimately familiar to the nineties.
Ben Mendelsohn is Talos, the enigmatic shapeshifting Skrull leader. Mendelsohn’s performance made the whole movie. He gave a thought provoking and multi-facet character to the movie.
Lashana Lynch, who played Air Force pilot Maria Rambeu, was the icing on the cake for this ensemble. Rambeu was a snarky force to be reckoned with. Her humor, however, was only matched by her love for her young daughter and best friend. Carol and Maria have a unique and uncommon relationship rarely seen between women on the big screen. Despite the two women competing against each other for a top spot, neither let cattiness get in the way of human interaction. It is thoroughly refreshing to see female friendships portrayed in such a positive manner.
Of course, a review of this movie wouldn’t be complete without discussing everyone’s favorite character, Danver’s tabby “cat” Goose. She was the heart of the movie and was constantly humorous. Everytime she came onto the screen, the movie theater audience broke into hysterical giggles. At a certain part I won’t spoil, the audience was completely in stitches. I simultaneously wanted to adopt Goose and run away from her in fear. It was an amusing experience to say the least.
The only qualm with the movie I had was there was no sort of introduction for Monica Raembu, the original female Captain Marvel. She was in the movie, albeit as a child. I had hoped for a post credit scene, to no avail. Other than that, the movie was a dream come true.
I am thrilled for the future of the MCU with Captain Marvel along for the ride and can’t wait for what comic book characters are added next.