By: Abby Perkins
Growing up watching Marvel movies, I always was so drawn into the action and drama of the heroes. There was Captain America, the immensely buff, handsome, and persevering superhuman who was given a serum back in the 1940s to turn him into a ‘Super-Soldier’ (he was then frozen in ice for 70 years, ended up fighting with the Avengers, etc., etc.). There was Iron Man, the genius billionaire with hundred of specialized suits that enable him to blast energy from his palms, fly, shoot missiles, track criminals, and more. These two men are the popular front-runners of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, acting in unison with the not-so-occasional opposition with one another to lead the pop culture icons, the Avengers.
Over the past 11 years, Marvel has put out over 20 action movies telling the connected stories of the original Avengers, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Ant-Man. I have been in love with every movie, every character, and consider myself a Marvel fanatic with the dream of going to Comic-Con one day. However, while I love these movies, I’ve always noticed the small amounts of female superheroes that appear.
In the early movies, the only female Avenger, besides the few Agents of Shield that appeared like Maria Hill, was Black Widow, played by well-known actress Scarlett Johansson. And although recently in films like Black Panther, there have been mass additions of female warrior characters to the universe, there has never been. Now, Captain Marvel.
Captain Marvel opened on March 8th, International Women’s Day no less! Captain Marvel is the new addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe played by Academy Award winning actress and filmmaker, Brie Larson. The film surrounding her character takes a very different route than most Marvel films, beginning after she’s had her powers and following the powerful warrior as she learns all that she can do. Although there are mixed reviews from critics about this film, it was everything I could have ever hoped for and more. Many of my peers have enjoyed the movie, including my good friend, sophomore Owen Buckenmaier, who said, “It was pretty good! And Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) was in it which I was really looking forward to. The alien costumes were really well made.”
Warning, Minor Spoilers Ahead! Captain Marvel was such an action packed and entertaining film, surprisingly full of humor, aliens, car chases, and an adorable cat turned Flerkin named Goose (you’ve got to see the movie to figure out that one). Other well-known Marvel characters such as Agent Coulson, Nick Fury, and Ronan appear and help (or oppose) Captain Marvel as she navigates being crash landing on Earth, or as she would call it, planet C-53.
Captain Marvel is originally referred to as Vers, living on the Kree, a race of aliens in the galaxy, StarForce or military. On a mission, she is abducted by the race of aliens the Kree is battling, the Skrulls, who are powerful shapeshifters. Vers escapes her captivity easily, punching, kicking, and flipping her way out, but ends up plummeting into a 1990s Blockbuster video store on Earth. From there, she meet Nick Fury, learns secrets about her past and present, and how she can’t really trust anybody.
Without giving away too much, if you saw Avengers: Infinity War last Spring and stayed for the iconic post-credit scene at the end of the movie, you may have seen the pager Nick Fury dropped before he turned to dust. That same pager was given to Nick Fury at the end of Captain Marvel by the hero herself, and let’s just say the post-credit scene for Captain Marvel had a lot to do with that pager.
Captain Marvel acts as a perfect lead into Avengers: Endgame, the part two to last year’s Infinity War. Now little girls can see the incredible Captain Marvel battle among their superhero role models of Thor, Iron-Man, and Spider-Man.