Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel, based on Stan Lee’s 1967 creation, is Marvel’s first comic book adaptation with a female lead; also co-directed by a female. My only question after prancing out of the theater with a jovial group of pretentious film critics was: “What took them so long?” Admittedly, I had been pretty boisterous concerning my indifference to Marvel’s casting of Brie Larson in the titular role of Captain Marvel. Why? Well, Larson just always seemed too impassive and stone-faced for such a pivotal role. Please allow me a minute to wallow in my wrongfulness. Larson is absolutely fantastic as Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers.

Directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden

Larson stars as Vers, an amnesiac living the past six years on the planet Kree. Vers can only remember fragments of a life she can’t quite piece together prior to crash landing on the planet. Vers also has an untapped wealth of superpowers that her mentor Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) is trying to harness. After a mission to rescue a covert Kree operative goes awry, Vers crash lands on Earth. After a shaky start filled with fillers and flashbacks, it is here that Captain Marvel soars.

Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck do an excellent job of firmly planting the feet of Captain Marvel in the 1990’s. Taking place before any Avengers assemblage, Captain Marvel does a nifty job of telling not only Carol Danver’s origin story, but simultaneously introducing Nick Fury’s (Samuel L. Jackson) as well. There is a scene in which Ms. Danvers provides some epic ass-kicking to the tune of No Doubt’s “Just A Girl” that will have audiences on their feet. Oh, and you will never look at your cat the same again. Captain Marvel is marvelous!

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By Scott Peterson | @CineSportsTalk