Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck;
Cast: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Clark Gregg, Jude Law;
Captain Marvel is the 21st film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first film from its portfolio to evolve around a female-superhero. It serves as an origin story of the eponymous character. So, naturally, with some serious expectations, the stakes are high for the film and the larger-than-life, female-superhero character.
Set in 1995, when S.H.I.E.L.D is just a budding task force and the Avengers are in their early stage, the story follows Carol Danvers, aka Vers, to her alien mates, a former US Air Force Fighter pilot, as she turns into one of the galaxy’s mightiest heroes.
It is a desperate tale of identity with Vers honing her powers by working to figure out, along with the audience who she is. When we meet her, she is a Kree warrior fighting alongside her friend and mentors Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) as part of the elite Kree military, Starforce, which is a special-force unit, tasked with fighting the shape-shifting rivals the Skrulls.
When a field mission goes awry, she is kidnapped by Skrull commander Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) and interrogated for information about a mysterious McGuffin. However, soon she mounts a chaotic escape, crash landing on the nearest planet which is Earth, also known as C-53.
Here, despite being chased by Skrulls, while Vers finds comfort in Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), an old colleague from her air-force days and her daughter (Akira Akbar), we learn that Vers and her superior officer, Lawson (Annette Bening), crash-landed in the desert, where Vers, confronted by an alien force, blew up the energy core that was Lawson’s experimental light-speed project.
This accident gave Vers the power that makes her a legend. What emerges as intriguing is the appearance of Samuel L. Jackson as the young Nick Fury, who had earlier appeared in six Marvel films. He has been de-aged by the computer wizardry that will write humans out of the future. He shows up in the scene when Vers crash-lands on earth. While Brie Larson radiates as Captain Marvel, she is aptly supported by her colleagues. There is an engaging chemistry between her and Jude Law, and Jackson.
The plot works hard and succeeds to build the connective tissue between this film and the MCU. The two post-credits scenes are both definitely worth staying for as they tie Captain Marvel squarely into the MCU. – Troy Ribeiro for IANS