On March 8, Marvel Studios released the twenty-first entry in its Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Captain Marvel.”This is the MCU’s first film with a solo female lead and already, it has become the second-highest-grossing film of 2019.
The MCU, which created the idea of the ‘shared universe’ with each of the 21 films overlapping and being a part of the same universe, has become the most successful film franchise in history. In 2018, with both “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War” breaking box office records, becoming the two highest grossing films of the year, and “Avengers: Infinity War” being nominated for and “Black Panther” winning three Academy Awards, the MCU proved itself able to create some of the best films in the industry.
“Captain Marvel,” which was first announced in 2014, was one of the most anticipated movies in recent years. In a genre dominated by white men, the demand for diversity in movies, and superhero movies, has never been stronger.
“There is a majority of representation of male superheroes, which leaves women few strong female superheroes to look up to,” freshman Ella Reava said.
“Captain Marvel” was, in my opinion, the perfect example of a great superhero film. From powerful action scenes and strong character and relationship development, to the incredible cinematography and visual effects, the movie was everything I had hoped it would be.
Taking place in 1995, the movie not only creates a new and exciting story that engages and excites audiences, but it fills several plot holes that have existed in the MCU throughout the years, including how the Avengers got their name.
It also answers many of the questions fans of the MCU have had about the upcoming sequel to “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Avengers: Endgame,” which releases April 26. The mid-credits scene of “Captain Marvel” answers a very important question that will set up the beginning of “Avengers: Endgame.” However, while it does answer many questions, “Captain Marvel” also raised a few of its own, which in my opinion is what makes the MCU so exciting.
Much of the film centers on the relationship between Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Their relationship is both hilarious and heartwarming. This is a standout movie for the character of Nick Fury, who has been in multiple MCU films over the years, as a lot is revealed about him and his importance in the universe.
Jude Law, playing the infamous Yon-Rogg, does an amazing job and had the ability to make me both love and hate his character simultaneously.
And of course, Brie Larson is absolutely brilliant and there could not have been a better person to play the iconic role of Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel. She is bright, funny and makes the character likeable and relatable, but yet she is incredibly strong and is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. As the MCU’s first solo female-led superhero film, “Captain Marvel” proved that women and girls have the power to be heroes.
Captain Marvel is a character who is potentially the most powerful superhero of them all, which will make her very important in “Avengers: Endgame.” This is very important, because for the first time, the hero is a female. For young girls everywhere, this movie shows that they too can be superheroes, and, in a very iconic moment of the film, shows that they don’t have to prove their worth or strength to anyone.
“To have a woman save the day, especially in the marvel universe where the majority of the superheroes have been men, is such a great motivator for women of every walk of life to demonstrate that a woman can do just as an amazing of a job as a man could, and dare I say even better,” freshman Audrey Everett said. “It is especially important for the young girls that watch these movies to have someone that they can look up to and relate themselves to in order to find an inner strength that’s in every single woman on this planet.”
“Captain Marvel” shows the strength of women without diminishing the strength of anyone else or distracting from the plot of the film. It is more than just a female superhero movie. It’s a really good superhero movie that stands out among the rest. Captain Marvel isn’t a damsel in distress that suddenly realizes she can be strong too, but rather from the beginning of the movie she knows she is strong and powerful, she just doesn’t know how strong.
“In most superhero movies, the woman is portrayed as weak and in need of rescuing,” Reava said. “However. women are strong too.”
With “Black Panther” in 2018, “Captain Marvel” in 2019, and reported films centered on the Black Widow and Shang-Chi in the near future, not to mention reports that the lead in next year’s “Eternals” will be an openly gay man, the MCU is laying the foundation for more representation and diversity of heroes in movies.
“Women have fought for decades to be heard and have representation, and even if it is simply in the movies, it is a starting place to such a great transformation for what is to come of women of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds,” Everett said.
“Captain Marvel” is an incredible movie and one worth seeing. If the talented Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson, the huge step in representation or the many answered questions aren’t enough to see the film, perhaps a beautiful tribute to the late Stan Lee or a really cute, and wickedly powerful, cat might.