It has finally arrived – the first Marvel Universe female-led superhero movie.
Captain Marvel (played by Oscar winner Brie Larson) is crashing into theatres with a ‘90s rock-chick attitude ready to kick ass and take names.
Here’s what you need to know before we dive in. Technically, in the timeline of the Marvel movies, Captain Marvel’s story is set in the 1990’s and comes BEFORE every other story and superhero we’ve seen.
This means instead of spending time with an eye-patch-wielding tough guy named Fury (Samuel L Jackson), we get to spend a couple hours with a very young, low level, two eyed, SHIELD bureaucrat named Nick, and his partner Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) who (spoiler alert!) is still alive in the ‘90’s!
Carol Danvers is a human U.S. Air Force fighter pilot who ends up imbued with magic superpowers in a spoiler-heavy plot point. As a result, she joins a team of Kree warriors (an alien race of fighters) to take down the Skrulls (an alien race of shape shifters) in an intergalactic war that’s been going on forever.
As a result of this war, she is accidentally flung down to earth (or planet C-53) and has to team up with Nick Fury to solve the mystery of her past and the planet’s future.
Helping her fill in the details of her past are best friend Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch in a solid performance), a single mother and fellow badass fighter pilot. Their friendship is the main relationship focus and completely takes the place of a romantic storyline for Danvers. This is both a refreshing and touching choice that makes the movie stand out from all other origin stories.
The movie is also filled with all the Easter egg nods to other movies and the Marvel universe as a whole that super fans are looking for. We learn how Fury lost his eye, where the Tesseract came from, and we meet a very special cat named Goose.
There is also a first peek at Avengers Endgame, if you stick around through the credits.
This film had virtually unreachable expectations to meet and does so in a fresh and unique way, while staying within the confines of the origin story template. It’s an addition to the Marvel family that will thrill fans and critics alike.
Vicky Sparks is a Bright’s Grove native and movie critic for Global TV’s The Morning Show, which airs nationally on Fridays. Her Journal Reviews cover movies playing at Galaxy Cinemas Sarnia