Even being the comic book geek I am, I knew little to nothing about the character of Captain Marvel (not to be confused with the DC character Captain Marvel now know as Shazam). Thus, I began a bit or research on Captain Marvel and discovered the character first appeared in Marvel Comics back in 1967. Since then there have been several Captain Marvel’s, the current one being Carol Danvers, a longtime super-heroine known as Ms. Marvel. Danvers became the current Captain Marvel in the comics in 2012, and transitioned to the big screen as the character in the current film “Captain Marvel.” In the film Davers (Brie Larson) is an Air Force pilot, who, after crashing an experimental aircraft, is discovered by the alien race known as the Kree, who take Danvers to their home and train her to be a member of their Starforce Military. Danvers is trained by Yon-Rogg (Jude Law wearing really cool contact lenses), her mentor. While Yon-Rogg and Danvers are on a mission to help a planet being invaded by their enemy the Skrulls, Danvers escapes the battle and winds up on Earth in the 1990’s. While on Earth, Danvers begins to uncover her past with help from S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Without giving too much away, Danvers discovers she is not who she thought she was, and her destiny is determined during the course of the film as she has conflicts with Yon-Rogg and the Supreme Intelligence of Kree, also known as Mar-Vell and Dr. Wendy Lawson (Annette Bening). Danvers also discovers her adopted alien race may not actually be the heroes of the galaxy as they have presented themselves. While Danvers has both internal and external battles, she eventually reaches her full potential as a hero and is a powerful force to be reckoned with. In fact, she may well be the most powerful hero in the Marvel universe. During the course of the film we come to see how Nick Fury gets his eye patch, which I would have never seen coming, and Captain Marvel developing a more “colorful” costume. One of the highlights of the film would be the cat known as Goose, which has some very unexpected abilities of its own. I will just say this is one “cat” you really don’t want to cross. I found the aliens in the film to be very “Star Trek” in nature, with the Kree being humanoid in appearance and the Skrull looking like a cross between “Star Trek” Vulcans and green amphibians. The film is set on Earth, the Kree’s planet Hala, and in outer space, giving the film a very sci-fi feel. The actors involved, led by Larson, are all wonderful, and Larson is very comfortable in her superhero role. What can one say about Samuel L. Jackson that hasn’t already been said? Nothing, so I won’t. Larson and Jackson have wonderful screen chemistry and their scenes together are very enjoyable. As for Law, he appears to be having a ball in his oddly colored contact lenses, and holds his own with his co-stars. The film is directed by Anna Boden and Ryan K. Fleck, who has collaborated on other films, including “Mississippi Grind” and “Sugar.” The two handle the actors well, and do a wonderful job presenting a heroine not as familiar as Wonder Woman to non comic books fans. The action is fast paced, and even though it might have benefited from tighter editing in certain points, is nevertheless a fun time at the cinema. As fans know, EVERY Marvel film has post credit scenes, with this one having two, one mid-credits and the other post-credits. The film is presented in both 3D and standard format, so you can choose your thrills in the format of your choice. While not the best of the Marvel films, “Captain Marvel” is certainly in the top 10 of their film universe. (Rated PG-13)
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