Flashback: Brie Larson Thought Captain Marvel Was a Man - She Wasn't Wrong

Cristina Cross
March 8, 2019

Brie Larson in Captain Marvel. Some examples: all the guys who tore down Wonder Woman, trying to tell explain to women that she actually isn't inspirational.

Yes, we're missing a charismatic villain and, yes, the final battle gets too explosion-y and long.

For the eponymous hero (played by Oscar victor Brie Larson) - who shoots thunderbolts from her fists, can pilot any spacecraft and actually fly unaided herself - this change of emphasis is significant. To be fair, he's not much into pets of any kind, "No, I am not a cat person", said Jackson. "It's got great dance songs, great ballads, I love Ariana". I'm sure it will make a billion dollars because all Marvel movies do, but also because it's going to mean a lot to a lot of people out there.

Directed by Anna Boden and Rylan Fleck, Captain Marvel brings audiences back to the time before the superhero team the Avengers were assembled.

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I love the ways they contract and expand time.

Of course, the last word lies with fans and regular movie-goers who will have their say when it opens worldwide tomorrow. Captain Marvel is immensely powerful (she can absorb and manipulate a wide spectrum of energies), and barring Helen Cobb's briefly acquiring those powers for herself, no one in the story is a match for her in terms of sheer power. When a rescue mission goes sideways Vers is abducted by the Skrulls who attempt to search her memory for information they desperately seek, but their efforts also begin to jostle her amnesia in the process. I never would have thought that was like a possibility for me.

Leader of Starforce (Jude Law), Ronan (Lee Pace), Korath (Djimon Hounsou), Att-Lass (Algenis Perez Soto), Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Larson), Bron-Char (Rune Temte) and Minn-Erva (Gemma Chan).

Captain Marvel is not the first female-led superhero movie. Also, obsessive funnybook fans may regret that significant pieces of Carol's résumé-she was a different superhero known as Ms. Marvel, then Binary, then Warbird before taking on the Captain Marvel mantle from someone else in the comics-are missing entirely. You may think you know how bad some music was in the '90s, but nothing can prepare you for the horror of No Doubt's "Just a Girl" serving as the background for a very big superhero clash.

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DC may have had the first-mover advantage with 'Wonder Woman", but "Captain Marvel' will benefit from the changing gender politics and probably carry the momentum forward for "Wonder Woman: 1984'". We gotta do better'. And while we usually know who's involved in a given fight there's no clear sense of the action or space around them. You won't have to tell us.

The truth is, this flawed but still entertaining film's chief asset is its representation of a young woman who has spent her life following orders but is now finally crafting an identity of her own in a shifting moral landscape.

A compilation of reviews published by EW reveals some critics saying that Captain Marvel is a "mundane" film "marked by unimaginative plotting", a "generic" superhero film, a film that does not "approach the ranks of top tier Marvel movies", or a grim film where no one seems to be having much fun. The script doesn't lean too heavily on the Girl Power angle, but when it does it leans so hard and so clumsily that you wish it would have made it a real theme or through-line just to mitigate the tonal discordance and give the film a viewpoint. Captain Marvel is, I think, their fourth project together.

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