Captain Marvel and her alter ego, Carol Danvers, both have long histories within the Marvel Universe (and, indeed, the DC universe, with their version also an alias of the star of forthcoming film Shazam). Kree are humanoid invaders who are blue-blooded in nature. She's a great actress, but that's a tall order for the best of them.
We meet our protagonist on a distant world called Hala, where Danvers (Brie Larson) is part of a combat unit fighting against an invading race called the Skrulls. Mate, if you can push a jeep, surely you can lift a hammer? We've already given it a thumbs up and we think you should watch it. When Starforce Warrior Army member Vers (Larson) falls to Earth and discovers that she had a life there, she along with S.H.I.E.L.D agent Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) go on a journey to find out how her past might be connected to a big war brewing that threatens human and alien life.
This is when Carol Danvers gets a cool new haircut, trades in her classic bathing suit for the now-iconic flight suit (good work, Jamie McKelvie!), and goes from Ms. Marvel to Captain Marvel.
As "Vers" spends time on her home planet, she recalls more of her past as an Air Force pilot, including a friendship with Maria "Photon" Rambeau (a tough, empathetic Lashana Lynch) and apprenticeship under Dr. Wendy Lawson, who's played by Annette Bening as the Supreme Intelligence the movie needs.
This all takes place in what seems to be 1995, before Infinity War and even Iron Man, and begins with a lovely tribute to Marvel main-man Stan Lee, who filmed his customary jokey cameo here before his death last November. A look could speak volumes in an instant and that gaze is present even if it doesn't speak to everyone.
Vers is pulled into the drama of questioning the core of who she is, and that's where Larson's performance takes wing. She's inspired by the women around her and not afraid or sheltered.
In an interview with Nerdist, Lynch celebrated her character's single motherhood as a beau ideal.
"Captain Marvel", the highly anticpated new offering from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ushers in that season perfectly. Utterly empowering and inspiring. What might have added some much needed texture and spice, if you will, to the otherwise drab visual palette is relegated to easy sight gags. And what really sells this film is that playfulness. Paired with Jackson in the film, the duo seem to be incompatible at first, but viewers will understand why they should not be separated from each other as the film continues. His incredulous-but-game acceptance of a situation involving aliens and superpowers nearly makes you wonder what this film would be like if it were willing to be less of a superhero film and more of a buddy-cop comedy. It worked for me when it became more and more intriguing to follow.
Larson, a perceptive, low-key actor, carries the whole affair capably; she smiles just the right amount, which is not a lot. That's tens of millions more than the initial estimates, so it looks like Brie Larson's Carol Danvers is quickly going to quickly join the club of Marvel Studios superheroes who prove to be a reliable draw at the box office. "I want to know what that film meant to women of color, to bi-racial women, to teen women of color, to teens that are bi-racial." .
Lastly, the action sequences felt a bit too formulaic at the start and didn't quite connect to the emotional stakes until the last act.