It’s incredible to watch a mainstream superhero movie revolving around a female character. We are introduced with the protagonist first as Vers, a member of the Kree civilization’s ‘Starforce’, played by the Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson. Another important character in the film is Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson. If you have been following The Marvel Cinematic Universe closely, this prequel will solve a few mysteries for you, but even if you have not been following the MCU, this is a stand-alone movie and would still work for you. Writer-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have brilliantly portrayed the story of Marvel’s first female superhero.
Vers, who can shoot photon lasers from her hands, is being mentored by Yon-Rogg, played by Jude Law, as one of the prime soldiers for Kree. Soon, Vers is on her first mission with the Starforce, to rescue an undercover Kree soldier before the Skrulls get to him. The Skrulls, led by Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), are extraterrestrial shapeshifters and have been exterminating various species across planets. During the mission, Vers is abducted by the Skrulls who are trying to extort information about Dr. Wendy Lawson (Annette Bening), from her blurry memory about her life.
The story converges into many timelines as Vers gets flashbacks of her past that she can’t remember. The first half an hour may seem puzzling as the protagonist shoots beams from her hands and can’t explain how or why she’s able to do that. After beating the Skrulls, Vers escapes from their spaceship and finds herself on a mysterious planet ‘C-53’, also known as Earth, in the mid 90’s. The film gets more interesting when you see a familiar face, a young Nick Fury who joins the superhero on her adventure.
Chased by the Skrulls, Vers is also trying to find out about her past with the help of Fury. She soon realises that she had a life on Earth as Carol Denvers, who fought against all odds to be a pilot in the US Air Force. As she learns more about her past, she starts to realise… Okay, I would rather not give you spoilers about that. Let’s just say… Her world is turned upside down when she remembers Dr. Wendy Lawson, who was actually a Kree Agent, Mar-Vell. Once she learns the truth, Captain Marvel decides to “finish what Mar-Vell started”, which is essentially what the movie is about.
As a standalone movie in the franchise, Captain Marvel is not as impressive as the other superhero movies, but It is an essential part of the MCU. It is fun to watch young Nick Fury, who’s funny and easy going, unlike how we’ve been used to watch him. Thanks to the CGI technology, he looked convincing too. You’ll also see Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), as a new recruit to S.H.I.E.L.D, in awe of everything around him. Another character I loved was the cat, Goose; if you’ve done a little research about Captain Marvel from the comics, you would know what to expect, but if you’re clueless about the character, you’re in for a surprise.
In the MCU, Thanos has snapped his fingers, wiping out half of all life in the universe, including many superheroes, who have turned to dust. Iron Man is lost in space, Ant-Man is stuck in the Quantum Realm and in the post-credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War, Nick Fury is seen sending out a signal from a pager-like-device. The origin of that device is also explained in this movie. That device is actually Fury’s pager, towards the end of the movie, Captain Marvel upgrades the device so that Fury can contact her across galaxies through it, only when there was something REALLY important.
If you’re really into the MCU, DO NOT miss the mid-credits scene!