Property Review: Captain Marvel

A mar­velous beginning

Cap­tain Mar­vel
Mar­vel Stu­dios, 2019

We all knew she was com­ing; we just didn’t know when. And when Carol Dan­vers got here, we were wait­ing, and we were not dis­ap­pointed with what she brought with her.

Cap­tain Marvel’s ori­gin story is a tale as old as time: Hero­ine has amne­sia, dis­cov­ers her pre­vi­ous life and the rea­son for her amne­sia, finds new allies and turns on her old “allies”/captors. How­ever, this is dif­fer­ent. Set some ways back in the MCU, Cap­tain Mar­vel man­ages rea­son­ably well to stick to the comic book ori­gins of the char­ac­ter. With the hard work estab­lished in the story, thank­fully, Jude Law and Brie Lar­son have chem­istry and are a good match from the outset.

As we learn more about the good “Vers,” we also learn that not every­thing is as it seems. Dan­vers gets down to busi­ness and explores her ori­gin in a funny yet seri­ous way that high­lights the cen­tral ques­tion that most all the Avengers and heroes of the MCU have had to ask them­selves: Who are you?

And that’s the most impor­tant ques­tion asked by this film. Who is Carol Dan­vers to the out­side world after being gone for six years? Who is she to her col­leagues? Who is she to her friends and fam­ily? And, most impor­tantly, who is Carol Dan­vers to her­self? Going on this jour­ney is the key to under­stand­ing the film and the char­ac­ter in later appearances.

Speak­ing of later appear­ances, Ronan the Accuser makes an appear­ance in what is chrono­log­i­cally his first appear­ance in the MCU. Tech­ni­cally, he steals the show in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1, but in the MCU time­line of events, he first appears here to tor­ment Dan­vers and he almost steals the movie right from under her. Lee Pace deserves men­tion for his nuanced por­trayal of the vil­lain. Ronan could eas­ily have been a one-dimensional act, but Pace has shown lay­ers to the vil­lain and truly car­ried his weight when it came to show­ing the might of the Kree fanatic.

With the scene being set for the cap­tain to do her thing and return to her roots, it’s no won­der that the film moves along at a nice clip. It done well and doesn’t stray too far from the comics or do too much extra work beyond what you’ve come to expect from a Mar­vel ori­gin story. In fact, it does every­thing you need it to do to set up Cap­tain Mar­vel for Avengers: Endgame and it does that extremely well. The look at the good cap­tain is fun and packed full of action to set up for one of the most pow­er­ful beings in the comics to finally make her way to the cin­e­matic uni­verse in a dra­matic and fun way.

Like the comics: 8

Story: 6

Act­ing: 6

Total: 20/30 or 6.7

HOW WE GRADE
We score the prop­er­ties in three cat­e­gories: Cast­ing (or voice act­ing in cases of ani­mated), plot and sim­i­lar­i­ties to its source mate­r­ial. Each cat­e­gory receives points out of the max­i­mum of 10 per cat­e­gory and 30 over­all. The per­cent­age is the final score.

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