Captain Marvel Bad Reviews Blamed On White Dudes

06 March, 2019, 10:14 | Author: Heather Diaz
  • Brie Larson Captain Marvel

They're also here for how the film ties into Avengers: Infinity War and the upcoming Avengers: Endgame.

Brie Larson's role as Captain Marvel did more than introduce her to the Marvel Universe. His Nick Fury is presented here less as the hardened S.H.I.E.L.D. Larson and Jackson have great buddy chemistry on screen, and Carol and Fury's friendship is entertaining to watch develop.

That personality becomes absolutely essential in a movie that doesn't really know how to tell Captain Marvel's origin story. Do you think this bodes well for Disney's Captain Marvel? It's hampered by two insuperable flaws: a disappointingly blank performance by the Oscar-winner Brie Larson in the title role (she makes Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman seem like a fascinating Streepian creation), and a prominent and wildly distracting role for Samuel L Jackson, playing the franchise regular Nick Fury, but from underneath computerised "age regression" effects. She is smart, witty, and yes, a bad-arse. "Watching Danvers' story play out, complete with boggling plot twists and a scene-stealing friendly feline, is hugely entertaining, and it can't be over-emphasised how central Larson, about to become the most recognised woman on the planet, is to the enterprise". The relationship between Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch) and Carol Danvers is lovely to watch, and something missing from a lot of films. We also get to see more of Ben Mendelsohn's Skrull leader, Talos. Before Carol, he had never met someone with superpowers and questioned the existence of outside worlds.

And that's where the strength of Captain Marvel lies.

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This isn't Goose, but it looks a lot like him.

In the wake of the apparent loss of Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) last season, the team will also be dealing with new leadership. Goose the cat is just as important a supporting player as his two-legged co-stars, and I'd dare you - even if you're a dog person - to come away from Captain Marvel not wanting to hug the nearest tabby. On her first mission to rescue a Kree soldier, Carol gets captured by the Skrulls and mined for information, awakening a brand new set of memories that only grow stronger once she crash-lands on Earth in 1995. Lynch's Maria is a ideal compliment to Larson's Danvers. Their plans go awry, Vers is captured, and the Skrulls prod her mind, digging through her childhood and more recent history as an Air Force pilot and Guns N' Roses fan for a mysterious clue. Her essence is very grounded but fierce, and the delivery of a monologue that comes just when Carol needs it most brought tears to my eyes. This film does a superb job in serving as an origin story for both of them.

And the fact that the film takes place in the '90s is a genius choice. I get it, but as someone who exists on the intersection of race and gender, I also see how that discussion about gender and representation for all women skipped over the women of Black Panther and is being carried by Captain Marvel.

In the context of an online community that has in some corners been absurdly, childishly hostile to the very existence of this film, Larson plays Danvers with irreverence, humor and an understandable defiance, effectively showcasing how capable and formidable the character is long before we discover the true extent of her powers. She found it amusing and odd, but she was too taken by the story to get overly distracted by those additions. Moving forward, I decided to make sure my press days were more inclusive. I don't want to say more here, but Ben Mendelsohn's casting as the Skrull Talos is absolutely flawless, and exactly what was needed in the MCU.


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