Our titular heroine (Brie Larson) is first introduced in 1995 as Vers, a member of the elite - literally blue-blooded - race of Kree warriors. Fast forward to The Avengers movie and Project Pegasus is reopened with Selvig experimenting on a now active Tesseract, which sees Loki show up and steal it. The best openers Gully Boy and Total Dhamaal might end up being the biggest openers, but this superhero flick has surpassed them in terms of occupancy. Captain Marvel aka Carol Danvers is a story of a fighter pilot who finds herself in the midst of a war between two alien planets. The story is by Nicole Perlman & Meg LeFauve and Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck & Geneva Robertson-Dworet, and the screenplay is by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck & Geneva Robertson-Dworet. The answers eventually pile up, and the film's weight finally begins to reveal itself.
In real life, Brie and Sam are pretty tight. Lynch said that the characters "found power wherever they find connections. She's sarcastic ... a little bit of a mean girl". Larson's performance as the titular character is crucial here: She is perfectly cast as a fiercely intelligent, no-nonsense military personality whose understated and dryly cutting sense of humor is a welcome contrast to the more flamboyant quirkiness of Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man or Chris Pratt's Star Lord.
The other comedy revelation is Ben Mendelsohn as Skrull leader Talos.
Final bonus marks are also awarded for the coolest feline in cinema since 1978's The Cat from Outer Space, and its role in both shaping the Nick Fury we will come to know in future films, and safeguarding one of the later movies most vital relics.
Screen Daily's Tim Grierson expresses similar reservations, calling the film "fun and breezy but also a tad familiar" and its action sequences "sturdy but unspectacular".
When the film was announced, I was so excited to see Lee Pace and Djimon Hounsou return as their Guardian's of the Galaxy characters but they really only have a bulky cameo and were pretty underused. "Fury did", Widow replies and says she wants to know who is on the other end of that thing.
Captain Marvel is out in UAE cinemas today. It can't all be one big laugh for her.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has long depended on its partnership with the Defense Department for access to equipment, military personnel and shooting locations. Throwing prominent animal characters into movies isn't always a surefire way to have them succeed - they can be gratingly cutesy at times, or pandering in their efforts to make the audience worry about whether they'll live or die - but the way that "Captain Marvel" utilizes Goose is clever, satisfying and (perhaps most importantly) unforced. I expect we'll care more about her moving forward because she seems to care more now too.