When there’s a new Marvel movie in the cinema there is no way to stop me from seeing it. Same goes for Captain Marvel.
It took us more than 10 years to finally get our first female-led Marvel-movie but here we are. Was it worth the waiting? I would say yes, even though it definitely had its flaws. But before we come to that here’s the usual spoiler-alert because I just can’t talk about it without revealing some plot twists and key scenes. So brace yourself or leave now.
The plot was interesting but nothing we’re used to since Civil War introduced us to Phase three and with that advanced villains, psychological mind games and broken plot pieces. With the typical revelation of the wicked mentor and the question who’s evil and who’s good in the eyes of war, it reminded me more of the first Iron Men movie than something we can expect immediately before the big finale of Endgame. But still, it was in the tradition of the MCU and with the strong 90s vibes in the soundtrack, the technology and the clothes I didn’t mind some simplicity in the plot structure.
When it comes to the characters the opinions differ somewhere between awesome and boring. I’d say somewhere in between. I loved how many female characters besides Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) played an important role. Even though Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) as her partner in crime, Talos (Ben Mendelson) as the unexpected ally and Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) as the antagonist and mentor were all male key figures we still had Mar-Vell as the clever scientist, Minn-Erva as the tough warrior and Maria and Monica Rambeau as the human representatives of female power.
I really liked Carol who showed us we can have both: A strong female character and a funny one! Because usually, I have the feeling all strong woman are portraited the same as the brooding, lonesome woman who had seen too much to have any important character traits besides being strong and powerful. Even though, I still had the feeling Carol was a bit too overpowered in the final battle. But thinking about the upcoming war against Thanos we need everything we can get and complain about too strong characters suddenly feels very unimportant …
So where does that movie take place in the MCU? As playing in the nineties, it’s long before the first Iron Man movie and the following ones. Still, we had a glimpse of Agent Coulson’s first days in the S.H.I.E.L.D. job and Nick Fury as the funny and young field agent. Finally, the real reason for his eye patch war revealed and I’m still laughing even though I sometimes wished for a bit more seriousness in the Fury-Arc.
Not only reminded me the humour and the space adventures a bit of the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie but also Ronan (Lee Pace) as the Kree extremist made an early appearance but without his GOTG-War-paint.
All in all it was a nice movie and I can’t wait to see Captain Marvel interact with the rest of the Avengers (We got a glimpse of that in the PC-Scene but I was too busy crying my heart out facing the defeated and tired Avengers. Also I was a bit distracted by Cap’s beard … Again).
I definitely want to see Carol (but also Yon-Rogg) again but it’s not going to be my favourite Marvel-Movie (To be fair, it had no chance without Bucky in the first place).
Instead of the expected In memoriam-screen at the end of the movie we got a wonderful Stan Lee tribute right at the beginning. Well done, Marvel!