The only Marvel films between Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame were Ant-Man & the Wasp and Captain Marvel. The prior one being a sequel, which made us wonder where was he during the Thanos snap. The latter was a bit trickier. Obviously, Captain Marvel’s origin story couldn’t happen during the intervening months, because Nick Fury wouldn’t be around. We still have no idea about Coulson. Placing the origin story in the nineties made a whole lot of sense.
Having been a fan of the character when she was simply Ms. Marvel, the character had taken a proactive role in the main Marvel comic line. After the events of Secret Wars, she was heading up SHIELD and getting the defenses back in order. So, the film took some liberties on her origin, which I am not going to complain about because I think they made her origin more solid. Especially, since the multiple times the comics rearranged it.
Bree Larson did an amazing job as Carol Danvers. Given that she had to work with a character that was lost from the beginning. There were some complaints that she played the role too straight. Didn’t smile enough. However, if it was a male character, people would have been a bit more forgiving. Danvers, like Captain America, was a person lost. Not only in time but in space. She had no idea of her background or who she was. So naturally, she wasn’t comfortable in her own skin. Her personality did shine through when she was given the ability to relax. A sense of who she was managed to creep through the surface.
The biggest change that didn’t get enough time was Nick’s nearly different persona from the nineties to what we’ve seen in all the other films. He laughed a lot. His interaction with Goose. It was completely different from what we had seen in any movies since Pulp Fiction. The de-aging of Fury and Coulson made me pause for a moment, simply marveling at how young they looked. Although, I completely forgot about it until I came home and saw the original Iron Man movie.
Many complained about how the origin story was the same as others – it was and it wasn’t. She wasn’t playing someone that didn’t see herself as a hero, nor didn’t want to be a hero. She was someone that didn’t know her identity. However, her traits were already there. Danvers was someone who spent her whole life getting knocked down but always got up. Not out of reluctance but out of sheer will. As we saw before, the Kree was trying to keep her from reaching her potential, but she only strived to do the right thing.
You could spend so much time being nit-picky about Captain Marvel, but it was great. It gave us a different villain than we suspected. Not only that, it managed to be predictable but then counter some other traits. Using modified Skrull lore from the comics, the Kree were the bad guys. Before we continue, how about that Skrull makeup, right? Wow. That was the best make-up design that I could have ever imagined from the old comics.
Yes, the CG wasn’t the greatest compared to other Marvel movies. However, it was serviceable. Oh, if you haven’t watched the original Guardians of the Galaxy, you will need to check it out for two characters appeared in that film. Now, you can watch it again with a certain sense of glee. Knowing that she will appear in Endgame gets me more excited and curious as to how she fits in.
To sum up, as a fan of the comic, I was very appreciative of the way they handled her. Not to mention, the throwback to her Mohawk days was evident in that Mohawk helmet she wore. I think I was the only one who giggled at that moment. Nevertheless, if you have young girls, Captain Marvel is a good inspiring movie. For me, this was a great day at the movies.