Review: 'Captain Marvel' A Superhero Origin Story That Sets the Stage For the Next Phase in the MCU

Photo Credit: Marvel/Disney

The newest installment from the Marvel Comic Universe opening this week is making HUGE waves within the realms of geekdom — and it’s AMAZING, every aspect of it!

Even before “Captain Marvel” hit the screens, Brie Larson was breaking the glass ceiling, and triggering that nasty toxic “fan boy” element of pop-culture that we regally talk about on Comic Church.

The faux drama all began when Larsen, as if in the character of Carol Danvers verbally made notice that the majority of reporters and film critics are white men — and inquired what would could be possible if the press corps was more diversified?

Some of triggered folks lost their minds with the suggestion, and tried to seek retribution against the star by tanking the reviews for the movie before it even came out, causing Rotten Tomatoes to change the way they allow reviewers to effect a films rating score before it’s released.

This is the same toxic fanboy nonsense we saw with the racist and sexist attacks on Star Wars co-star Kelly Marie Tran, as well as the public meltdown over female Ghostbusters, and then there was that time the Doctor regenerated and lost a Y-chromosome and nearly caused a tear in the fabric of the big ball of wibbily wobbly timey wimey…stuff — but never the less, she persisted — and the world didn’t end.

We wont spend much more time on that nonsense, because it’s sad that it’s even a thing in 2019 — and we don’t want to give it much more attention than it already has received. Frankly all this faux white fragile masculine outrage over every little thing these days is getting exhausting, and takes the joy out of the comic realms.

So let's get to what you really want to know about —Captain Marvel — what did we think?

We’ll start with the very first moments of the film during the opening title sequence for Marvel Studios.

Where we would normally see the colorful flipping marvel comic book pages with flashing scenes from of the entire MCU — we instead see all the various appearances of Stan Lee throughout the years as the Marvel letters scroll. It’s a beautiful memoriam to Stan Lee that will bring a tear to any fans eyes.

Captain Marvel's origin stays pretty close to the comics, even with the way the MCU creates their beautiful own twist to every character that we see on screen.

She starts as an Kree soldier as a member of star force (the elite Kree strike force) where you will see some familiar faces of the MCU.

With a huge memory gap of her life as a Kree, she has taken the name Verse and her mentor Yon-rogg is teaching her how to embrace the powers that she has been gifted with, and that she needs to find her inner strength to harness her abilities, and being a team player with her fellow Kree warriors.

Without spoiling too much of the plot, she is taken captive from the Skrull and as they attempt to exploit her memories she has visions of memories that have been erased from her mind.

Verse escapes the Skrull captivity and ends up busting through the roof of a Blockbuster Video on planet Earth, the year is 1995.

It also at the Blockbuster where we are introduced to the 2-eyed Nick Fury and a young Agent Coulson responding to her arrival.

She tries to explain that she is a soldier in a war between the Kree and the Skrulls, and that a team of Skrulls have infiltrated Earth and they are shapeshifters with the ability to disguise themselves as any human that they see.

Nick Fury, still unsure of her story leads her to a records vault that inadvertently uncovers several memories that leads Verse to believe that she has something to do with why the Skrull are here on Earth.

As more of her history is uncovered she realizes that her Air Force mentor was a Kree scientist named Mar-vell, and Mar-vell was creating a super weapon that both the Kree and the Skrulls desired.

As more of her memories begin to surface, she realizes her name is Carol Danvers and she was a test pilot for experimental aircraft/spacecraft — and that she and Mar-vell were on a test flight when a spacecraft intervened and they were shot down.

This is when memories all come flooding back and is aware that not everything is as she has been lead to believe.

In her confrontation with Yon-rogg, he expresses to Danvers that she “needs him” to help her focus and control her powers— to which Carol Danvers expresses " I don't need to prove anything to you" as she realizes that everything she needs is already within her, and that she has all of the power that she needs and becomes an unstoppable force of "Bianary" power.

Credit: Marvel/Disney

This was one of those scenes that gives you chills because it’s so inspiring and such a beautiful expression of power and self motivation.

The idea that once she understood who she was and believed in herself — it was all the motivation and power that she needed to turn the tides and as Carol Danvers says "I will end your war!”

Pastor Reay brought his young daughter to see the film and he said, “I was excited for my daughter to watch this so that she can be as excited as I was, and be exposed to such an empowering feminist hero.” He added, “hopefully she feels the same way that Carol Danvers felt, and can find that same empowerment.”

“Captain Marvel” is an origin story on par with “Black Panther” and “Captain America: The First Avenger.” - and it’s always risky to introduce a brand new and super powerful character into a storyline that has been unfolding for the last decade — but Brie and the entire ensemble pull it off spectacularly.

We’ll be talking a lot more about “Captain Marvel” this Sunday on Comic Church, 11am on KTALK 1640 AM, and also broadcast on Facebook Live on the Comic Church page.

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