So, who is buzzing for this year of Marvel because I sure am!
When I first walked out of the cinema, I felt a little disappointed in Captain Marvel, but when I got home and had a good think about it, it turned out it was pretty damn perfect. I think for a Marvel first female led movie, it just about covers all the boxes you really needed it to, and when it comes down to it, the only reason I felt dissatisfied was because it didn’t feel as if there was enough, and that’s because Captain Marvel is going to truly shine in Avengers: End Game, where we all need her too.
Can we start off by saying, the Stan Lee opening credit scene broke my heart! I can’t believe that before the beginning of this movie I had already choked up, and at that point we hadn’t even got to the best parts yet, but hey, who am I kidding, that, and his cameos will always be the best parts of any Marvel movie. It’s going to be a sad day when I can’t whisper to myself and my friends “STAN LEE!” every time he shows his beautiful face.
R.I.P Stan Lee, I never met you, but I miss you….
So, onto the movie…
It began in a place I never thought it would have; space. From the trailers I expected to see Carol Danvers, (Brie Larsonon), on earth, living out her life not knowing about anything intergalactical related, but here she was, trying to kick alien butt, and just being a complete and utter sassy god. That first fight scene gave us a taste of what this woman could do.
Like most Marvel films, it doesn’t take long before the action really kicks off and Carol, after a talk with the Supreme Intelligence, an artificial intelligence that rules the Kree, she is off with her Starforce team members on a mission to rescue an undercover operative, who’s been infiltrating a group of shapeshifting aliens, called the Skulls.
During the mission, Vers, who suffers from amnesia and who she is known by at this point, is captured by the Skrull commander Talos, (Ben Mendelsohn), and her memory is invaded, causing her to have flashes of her past. Vers of course escapes and ends up crash landing on Planet C-53, (also known as Earth to us).
Obviously, her fall through a Blockbusters attracts S.H.I.E.L.D’s agents Nick Fury, (Samuel L. Jackson), and cute little rookie Phil Coulson, (Clark Gregg), who, with a team start to investigate the scene, but this is cut short when they are interrupted by a Skull attack. Vers pursues the Skulls and in doing so ends up on a train, which led to what I would say was one of the funniest scenes to come out of the trailer.
Vers recovers a crystal containing her extracted memories, and after meeting up with Fury again, they are off to a secret U.S. Air Force base, looking for information on Project Pegasus. Here they discover that Vers was a pilot called Carol Danvers, who was thought to have died while testing an experimental jet engine, which was designed by Dr. Wendy Lawson, someone who Vers had been having dreams about.
After nearly being captured by Talos again, who is now wearing the face of Keller, a S.H.I.E.L.D leader, they were able to escape in a cargo jet, with Goose, who is by far one of the cutest characters to ever come out of the Marvel universe, or maybe it was just Fury’s overall love for him which made it an even more enjoyable moment for me.
They meet up with former pilot and Carol’s best friend Maria Rambeau, (Lashana Lynch), and her daughter Monica, (Akira Akbar). After Maria reveals more about Carol’s past, Talos shows up again and gives us all the biggest twist and some of the best one liners of the movie so far.
Talos plays a recording from Lawson’s plane, which in doing so helps Carol remember the crash, which reveals that Yon-Rogg, (Jude Law), was the bad guy all along. During the flashback he is shown to have shot Lawson, stopping her from destroying the engine core. After a stand-off between Carol and Yon-Rog, Carol was able to destroy the engine herself, while doing so, she absorbed the energy from the explosion, which resulted in her powers.
After locating Lawson’s hidden laboratory, which was orbiting in space, we discover that Lawson has been hiding and protecting Skrulls, some which include Talos’s family. Also, on board was the Tesseract, which also happened to be the power of the energy-core.
Sadly, but not so shockingly, the Starforce catch up with them and capture Carol. She is forced to face the Supreme Intelligence, and during their conversation where she removed her implant, we discover that instead of giving her powers, which the Supreme Intelligence and Yon-Rogg led her to believe, it is shown to have supressed them instead.
After breaking out of the interface, Carol begins to take out her former Starforce team as Fury retrieves Goose, who is revealed to be an alien Flerken all along and is proven to be not only delightful, but handy, as he swallows the Tesseract, hiding it from the Starforce members. Carol destroys a Kree bomber and Ronan the Accuser, (Lee Pace), is forced to retreat after seeing Carol’s true potential.
After Yon-Rogg sees that he is no match for Carol, he taunts her into a hand to hand fight, which doesn’t go his way, as she sonic blast’s him backwards, ignoring his plea. She sends him back to Hala with a warning to the Supreme Intelligence, that she will take them down.
Carol says goodbye to Maria and Monica before she leaves with the Skrulls to help them find a new home-world, but not before she leaves Fury with a modified pager, for him to contact her if there is an emergency, and a true emergency only.
Back at the home office, Fury drafts an initiative to locate heroes like Carol, and after seeing a picture of Carol’s Air Force call sign, he calls it the “Avengers initiative”
In a mid-credits scene, set in the present day, some of the remaining Avengers, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff, Bruce Banner, and James Rhodes are huddled around the pager, waiting to see if whoever Fury was trying to contact, got his message. Carol appears and demands to know where Fury is.
In a post-credit scene set in 1995, Goose climbs onto Fury’s desk and regurgitates the Tesseract.
With the Avengers: End Game less than a month away, this film was a perfect filler for our empty, waiting hearts. If you haven’t already, go check it out, because I think it is worth knowing the story of the woman who is going to stand side by side with our original heroes, and defeat Thanos once and for all.