Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom.
What We Thought:
To quote a friend, Captain Marvel is bland. For a comic book movie that’s supposed to set the tone for the next stage of the MCU, it’s pretty lackluster. There is a lot of story and character development, but not much action compared to recent MCU films like Black Panther, Avengers Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp.
I understand it’s a standalone solo movie that introduces the character of Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel to non-comic nerds, but it needed more action to go along with the story. Doctor Strange had plenty of story explaining how Stephen Strange became a superhero, but it also had memorable action scenes with crazy effects and a big, final showdown. This tells the story of how pilot Carol Danvers becomes superhero Captain Marvel through flashbacks, but it lacks the bang of comic book movies. There are some space scenes and fight sequences, but none are super memorable.
I honestly believe it feels like a 2 hour long episode of Agents of SHIELD. When Danvers first meets Nick Fury it’s on the streets and feels almost like a buddy cop movie. So much of it takes place on the streets or driving you forget it’s a comic book movie. The writers/directors seem to be huge Agents of SHIELD fans who haven’t seen a single MCU film on the big screen. For a space traveling movie, it lacks size and scope and feels more grittier than sweeping.
The film takes place in the 1990’s so it’s a prequel to every MCU film so far. I have no issue with that because the ending shows where she’s been in the meantime and I’m sure Avengers Endgame will explain even more. My issue is that the filmmakers wanted to make sure everyone remembered it takes place in the 1990’s because there are more 1990’s Easter eggs than Marvel Easter eggs. Every song in it is a hit from the 1990’s (some that might not have been released when this film takes place). The clothing is to remind you it’s the 1990’s with Fury telling Danvers she looks very “grunge”. They try to make a ton of jokes about the 1990’s like a computer trying to download something and Danvers and others not understanding why it’s taking so long since they are technologically advanced. Remember computers and the internet in the 1990’s, man, it was slow, isn’t that funny? Remember Blockbuster Video and Radio Shack? Here are some references to them so you remember it’s the 1990’s. I didn’t think the jokes in Thor: Ragnarok were funny either so I’m thinking the forced jokes in Marvel movies just aren’t for me.
Captain Marvel will make money. Some people will see it for a certain agenda. Some people will see it because it’s a comic book movie. Some people will see it in order to see how it connects to Avengers Endgame. It’s easily my least favorite MCU film since Iron Man 3 and like Thor: Ragnarok, it’s probably a film I won’t watch a second time. The character in the comics is insanely powerful and plays a huge role across storylines. In this movie she doesn’t do much until the end when she’s reminded of being bullied and told she couldn’t do it. With GotG3 still in the air and other MCU films being moved around, maybe I’ll check out of the MCU after Endgame.