FINALLY, after 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe we get our female lead superhero film. And it’s about blooming time. I went into Captain Marvel with high hopes. Wonder Woman was amazing, but that was partly because I’d not been expecting much after being burned too many times with DC (we’re looking at you Suicide Squad). But I’m a Marvel girl so I had bigger expectations, and I was trusting them to bring Carol to life in the best way possible.
TALK ABOUT CAPTAIN BLOODY MARVELLOUS.
And oh boy did they deliver, talk about Captain bloody Marvellous. While the story was slow to start, it had genuine twists and turns that prove to be a surprise, even for the most veteran of Marvel fans. Even more so, in fact. I was worried that they were using the International Women’s Day release date to take advantage of empowered women, but you can forgive them when you actually leave the film feeling like you can take on the world. Wonder Woman, whilst amazing, still catered to the male audience. This film was made from start to finish for girls and women. There’s no romantic subplot, butt/upskirt shots, and it fully illustrates how women feel when they’re told to smile.
Captain Marvel opened my eyes to what it’s like watching superhero films as a guy. I feel like I’m finally in the same club, like I’m in on the joke. I enjoyed superhero films before but I had no idea how great it can be to watch a superhero movie made exclusively for you. And no man should feel bitter about this because they have had literally every single other one made for them, right? WRONG. A portion of the internet tried to tank the release of Captain Marvel by trashing it on Rotten Tomatoes before the release (queue every female fan’s continuous eyeroll).
Seeing the true extent of Carol’s abilities as they awakened was exhilarating. Not that it meant she automatically knew how to use them in perfect harmony, as superheroes usually do in their origin stories – and it was refreshing to see her have fun with them. Like Black Panther, Carol Danvers’ cinematic debut shows why representation matters. Because if it means this much to a fully-fledged feminist, can you imagine what it means to young girls? What makes it better are all the characters are fleshed out and multi-dimensional, and most importantly, there’s more than one inspirational and kick-ass woman. I think that’s where a lot of (male) directors get themselves stuck making female led action films. There’s usually one woman and their “team”, as well as everyone, around them is comprised completely of men.
But, speaking of men, Samuel L Jackson remains amazing as Nick Fury, and is a perfect side-kick to Carol Danvers. I was very worried that Fury would be a romantic interest, or take too prominent a role, but every single character held their own against him. Plus, no spoilers, but you get a few answers about Nick’s past… It’s got plot, it’s got emotion and it’s got a cat called Goose. The character development throughout gave every single member of the supporting cast an element of depth to them even for the briefest of moments. The film also boasts Marvel’s signature wit – although like all superhero films, it’s still got some sequences overstuffed with CGI.
But this film means more than that to me and probably most female fans. Carol Danvers’ journey is for every girl that’s been told they need to be less, to make themselves smaller for men, but then punching back and refusing to accept it.
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While it was slow to start, as the plot develops with twists and turns to keep the audience on the edge of their seats with surprising developments.
- Character Development