Marvel finally starts its final phase of Phase 3. The MCU will merge irretrievably in the next Avengers: Endgame, but before we have the story of a key piece in the climaxes: the film Captain Marvel comes to cinemas to better know their background and amazing powers.
This time, the action takes us until 1995, before Captain America left the ice or Tony Stark became Iron Man for the first time. It is, therefore, a world that is not yet used to superheroes. In that particular context, Carol Danvers will take us through her story as Captain Marvel and Kree soldier. Those of you who are a little used to the Marvel universe will know that the Kree and the Skrull are two extraterrestrial races that have been at war for eternity. The actress Brie Larson plays a Kree those soldiers, Kar-ell, which is trained by Yon-Rogg (Jude Law, which we finally know his role) to become one of the most powerful armies Kree warrior.
After a battle, Kar-ell crashes on Earth, and the Skrulls go after her. She does not remember her past well and occasionally sees flashes of her childhood. Was she on Earth before? Who are those people with the face of Annette Benning or Lashana Lynch that she sees in her flashbacks? While trying to decipher those enigmas and account for the Skrulls (aliens whose main characteristic is that they can change shape and imitate any individual they cross), will have the help of a young Nick Fury, who from a position of lower rank in SHIELD tries to understand what is happening.
We tell you nothing more of the plot, because, as expected, Capitan Marvel has a lot of twists and explains several unknowns generated by previous films: if Captain Marvel is so powerful, Why had not she acted in a crisis like the first movie of The Avengers? And how did Nick Fury get to be the one he is? What role does Ronan the Accuser play in the contest? Some of these explanations will convince you more than others, but there is no doubt that the Captain Marvel movie is a key piece to connect the puzzle of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The tone of Capitan Marvel is that of a film of this franchise: it highlights the action above all, but there are also some touches of drama, mystery and, yes, there is also plenty of room for humor. Nick Fury and the Goose cat are fundamental pillars of that comic section. What we did not expect was that the leader of the Skrulls, Talos (played by Ben Mendelsohn), was also one of the most comical parts of the plot. The funny thing is that they get this to work and make us see the Skrulls as a force to be taken into account, but at the same time, we know how to see their funniest side.
In any case, as we said before, Capitan Marvel stands out, especially for its action scenes. Carol Danvers is one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe, and this is seen from the beginning, with those lightning bolts and those choreographies of fights that leave the rivals shivering.
At all times, it is a joy to see Brie Larson action, while clenching her teeth when she plows a punch or flies wrapped in energy with his uniform and his crest, so iconic of the comic. Yes, this is a great heroine of action and this movie leaves us with a huge hype before the future possibility of watching her fight side by side with Thor … Or giving Thanos wax, of course. However, this also leads us to one point: Captain Marvel is so tremendously powerful that there are times when we feel that there can not be a rival at her level, at least in this film.
That last aspect leads us to an approach that is giving a lot to talk about lately, also sponsored by the marketing that surrounds the film. Is Captain Marvel a film about feminism? In our opinion, it is not, or at least, that is not the main focus of the story, far from it.
This movie is most entertaining and spectacular at times, but it is also fair to say that it is somewhat irregular in its sections: the dramatic parts are slightly forced to lengthen the plot, certain turns of script give rise to excessively Manichean situations and, above all, it annoys us that it has not deepened more in the worlds, norms, and history of the Kree and the Skrull, because what little we see has an exciting potential that does not come to hatch. In that sense, secondary roles like those of Minn-erva (a crucial Kree in comics) or Bron-Char give the feeling of being there to fulfill the quota of characters, but they do not become memorable anywhere near.
The atmosphere of the 90s permeates the soundtrack (with themes of Nirvana or No Doubt, for example), small background gags and, of course, also leads us to see rejuvenated versions of Nick Fury or Agent Coulson, again with the face of Clark Gregg. The technology used to display the young faces of these actors digitally is truly amazing. It really seems that we see them with that age! Without a doubt, a compelling precedent in the face of what digital technology can do in the future.
All in all, we are not even far away from the best Marvel movie, but not from the worst, but it’s a cinematic experience that you have to enjoy, at least once at the cinema.