Captain Marvel Doesn’t Disappoint

“Captain Marvel”, which came out March 8, 2019, is the 21st movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it follows Carol Danvers as she becomes Captain Marvel as a result of a galactic war between alien species in the year 1995. “Captain Marvel” recently surpassed $900 million in worldwide ticket sales, making it the 10th-biggest comic book release, surpassing movies such as “Spider-man: Homecoming” ($880 million), “Venom” ($855 million), and “Thor: Ragnarok” ($854 million). Captain Marvel will be featured in “Avengers: Endgame” which made fans of the MCU and the Avengers series even more eager to see it, alongside the fact that it is the first female-led Marvel superhero movie.

*Spoilers Ahead*

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The movie opens by introducing a group of Krees, a species of aliens, who were on a mission to retrieve an undercover operative who had infiltrated a rival species of aliens named Skrulls. Vers, a Kree, is a member of the Starforce who suffers from amnesia and nightmares. She has been mentored by Yon-Rogg (A Starforce leader) and trained to keep her emotions in check by the artificial intelligence that rules Kree. The beginning part was a bit confusing to me and I was not completely hooked right away but I found myself more and more entertained as the movie progressed.

The mission falls apart when Vers is captured by a Skrull named Talos. Talos uses a probe to access her memories because he believes she knows the location of something both the Skrulls and Krees are looking for. This leads them to the planet Earth, where she encounters S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, Nick Fury and Phil Coulson.

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Now that Vers has some recollection of past memories, she and Fury go to the Project Pegasus installation in a U.S. Air Force base, and that is where they discover that Vers was a pilot who was presumed dead after testing an experimental jet engine designed by Dr. Wendy Lawson.  Fury and Vers fly to Louisiana to visit former pilot, Maria Rambeau who was the last person to see Vers alive. Rambeau tells her that her name used to be Carol Danvers. This was an interesting revelation and it showed that Danvers was born human and not an alien, which sparked my curiosity about how she became a Kree in the first place.

Talos arrives at Rambeau’s house and reveals that the Skrulls were refugees searching for a new home and Dr. Lawson was helping them. This was a plot twist that was a little predictable, but nonetheless, it was still a good change of direction for the plot. The Kree were after Dr. Lawson’s jet engine so she attempted to destroy it to keep it from them but she was killed by Yon-Rogg before she could. This led to Danvers destroying the engine herself and absorbing all its powers but losing her memory, which Yon-Rogg took advantage of. The way the movie started and was set up made Yon-Rogg seem a little suspicious, so it was not that much of a major shock when it was revealed that he was tricking Danvers. It would have been more exciting if I had not suspected anything to begin with, but it was not the worst plot twist ever.

Danvers, Rambeau, Fury, and Talos locate the cloaked laboratory that was orbiting Earth, where Lawson hid some Skrulls, including Talos’ family, and the Tesseract, the power source of the energy-core.

Danvers is captured by Starforce and faces the artificial intelligence head to head. She realizes a device implanted on her is dampening the powers she received when she destroyed the engine. She rips off the device, reaches her full potential and is able to defeat all the Kree and consequently, keep the Tesseract away from them. The implant was not a secret and it could be seen throughout the movie, but I hadn’t envisioned that it was dampening her powers which made that part more exciting.

When Danvers reached her full potential it became apparent just how powerful she really was, and the scenes of her fighting after this were great. There was a sort of face-off between Yon-Rogg and Danvers that, personally, felt a little bland. Danvers showed little emotions once she reached her full potential, which is what the Star Force wanted in the first place, and I think the scene where she was facing Yon-Rogg could have been more interesting if she would have displayed emotions to the audience and explicitly use her anger as a motivating factor to defeat him. She did not kill him which was also predictable, but it was understandable why, especially since she is a hero.

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She leaves to help the Skrulls find a new home planet and gives Fury a pager so that he can contact her in case of an emergency, which he does at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War.”

At first, I was not into the movie as much as I hoped I would be but as the movie progressed I found myself really focused and entertained. It was a great movie in my opinion, and it made me even more excited to see “Avengers: Endgame,” which is being released on April 26, 2019. Fury paged Captain Marvel for a reason and knowing the extent of her powers and abilities now makes it more exciting. The interaction between Thanos and Captain Marvel is definitely going to be great.