Captain Marvel: Is it worth seeing? And what does it mean?

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Marvel fans everywhere have been tense ever since the ending of Avengers: Infinity War. On March 8, a new character was introduced to the team, a character whose powers could single-handedly save the MCU.

Brie Larson stars as Carol Denvers or Captain Marvel. Larson’s character was introduced into the cinematic universe in the post-credits scene in Avengers: Infinity War. Ever since then, fans have been wondering what the new hero could hold in store for the universe.

In the movie, we learn the origin story of the most powerful character in the MCU, someone who is known to be able to throw planets in the comic books. Not only is Captain Marvel a great stand-alone film, it’s also the first Marvel movie that has a female lead. There have been talks of a second female-led movie starring Scarlett Johanson as Black Widow, and that movie is set to come out within the next three years. When DC set the standard for female hero movies, as they did with Wonder Woman in 2017 (Which grossed $821.8 million), the expectations for Captain Marvel were fairly high. Marvel Studios did not fail to match Wonder Woman step-by-step in quality, and they also delivered an empowering message to all females watching the film.

Carol Denvers, a normal person from planet Earth, struggled throughout her life with discrimination against her just because she was a female. Even though she is the Air Force, Larson still isn’t fully respected on Earth. One day, in 1992, six years before the movie was set, Denvers got in a devastating crash with her mentor and was presumed to be dead. To save her life, a few members of the Kree take her back to their world and decide to train her to be a warrior. While trying to save planet Earth, Denvers discovers things from her past that change her life as she knows it.

The movie began with a tribute to the late creator of the Marvel universe, Stan Lee. The opening credits are made up of Lee’s various Marvel cameos in his life. The movie is dedicated in his name, and he still has a cameo during the infamous trailer scene where Captain Marvel punches an old woman, a sneak peak of the movie that became a notable meme overnight.

This movie also sets up another problem in the MCU. A new type of enemy is introduced: skrulls, the villainous shape-shifters who take over planets by pretending to be locals and influential figures in society. Throughout the movie, we see Skrulls shape-shifting into characters in the film, such as Nick Fury’s (Samuel L. Jackson) partner, agent Coulson (Clark Gregg). With Skrulls being introduced to the cinematic universe, it implies that any character, no matter how new or old, could be replaced by a Skrull at any time. It’s quite possible that Skrulls will play a part in Avengers: Endgame, which is coming out this April. While Skrulls in the comics can copy the powers of others, they can only mimic voices and looks in the movies. However, they are still a danger to the Avengers, no matter how powerful.

The movie began with a tribute to the late creator of the Marvel universe, Stan Lee. The opening credits are made up of Lee’s various cameos in his life. The movie is dedicated in his name, and he still has a cameo during the infamous trailer scene where Captain Marvel punches an old woman, a sneak peak of the movie that became a notable meme overnight.

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