Captain Marvel Movie Review


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Captain America was released on March 8, 2019.

Joachim Schwartz, For Eastside

Captain Marvel begins with a sudden flashback, which shows Captain Marvel fighting alongside an unknown woman and fighting a mysterious evil force, all very elusive and nondescript. What Captain Marvel does not know yet is that she will face that unknown villain again, and that things are not always what they seem.

Captain Marvel is a brave woman. Though her origins might seem mysterious at first, she is very stern and has a side that holds a ton of humor and potential. She belongs to a squad of elite heroes whose job it is to defend their planet from an imposterous race of aliens called the Skrulls.

While trying to escape her captors on her planet, she goes to Earth to find the Tesseract in the year 1995 before the Skrulls do. With help from Nick Fury, a special forces agent whom she meets there, Captain Marvel goes on her mission and tries to uncover the secrets of her flashbacks and her past while also learning to control her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls.

“Captain Marvel,” a recent release of March 2019, tells the story of Captain Marvel, played by Brie Larson. With other big name actors like Samuel Jackson who plays Nick Fury and Jude Law who plays Yon-Rogg, the viewer expects this movie to be one heck of a ride.

Unfortunately for fans and casual viewers, “Captain Marvel” was a big letdown and, frankly, an embarrassment to the Marvel chain of superhero films which have, in recent years, been top-notch quality.

Unlike recent hit superhero movies, “Captain Marvel” follows a very standard cliche of a hero story. According to the ancient Byronic hero formula, the story is about a hero who wants to do good but is held back by his/her flaws.

Recent Marvel franchise movies like “Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse” and fan-beloved “Deadpool 2,” both released in 2018, put a unique spin on superhero movie plots, while “Captain Marvel” was very dry and predictable and quite a bore.

Another issue with “Captain Marvel” is the one unexpected part about the movie where there is a sudden plot twist. Captain Marvel suddenly realizes that the Skrulls, the formerly unstoppable evil force which Captain Marvel was previously fighting, was in fact the good guys, and the true evil came from the group of heroes which she was in herself.

This seems to ring a bell in some ways with the immigration argument, with Marvel subliminally pushing the American immigration debate into their movie. In this case, we can parallel Captain Marvel’s planet to America, her hero team to ICE or some border defense force, and the Skrull to the illegal immigrants.

Marvel Studios did a mediocre job on “Captain Marvel”, and no matter how funny or nostalgic the rest of the movie may be, like for example including a Blockbuster or Radioshack in its scenes, nothing can take away the fact that the newest superhero movie did not hit standards even close to recent Marvel movies.

Not worth the watch and a total embarrassment to superhero movie culture.

Rating: 1 / 4