I attended a free Advance Screening in exchange for my honest opinion.
Captain Marvel is an action-adventure sci-fi movie from Marvel Studios and a new adventure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s the first film in the series to have a female-driven storyline. An all-star cast with a medley of new characters added to familiar characters from S.H.I.E.L.D., it takes place in the 90s and answers questions of origin and development of the powers and form for Captain Marvel.
Vers, not yet Captain Marvel, is a Kree member of Starforce. She cannot remember her past and is haunted with vague flashbacks. In training, she tries to control her emotions and use her powers to be ready for combat. When Starforce finds itself in a galactic battle against the Skrull, shapeshifting aliens, she is captured and her memory is probed for information. The Skrull know she has a link they need for freedom. She manages to escape and crash lands on Earth, C53.
On Earth, in the 90s, with limited technology, Vers is in a fight for survival. When she meets Fury from S.H.I.E.L.D., she doesn’t know if she can trust him, but she goes with her gut and they form an alliance. Seeking information leads her to a link from her past. She unearths truth and lies, and finds everything she was taught to believe by the Kree is not what it seems. Questioning everything–her view of the battle with the Skrull and reckoning her past–she learns her identity is Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot thought dead. Forced to pick a side, she chooses what is right. With all of her knowledge, she takes on the uniform colors of Captain Marvel.
Accompanied by Fury, a former Air Force pilot and best friend Maria, a Skrull, a Flerken named Goose which is mistaken for an orange tabby cat, Carol takes a modified aircraft to space where she finds a cloaked ship and a missing Tesseract. While in battle, Marvel figures out how to fully use her power. The final battle scene between Marvel and her former mentor-turned-enemy reveals her ability to fly.
The movie is action-packed and builds as the story moves along. It begins with a tribute montage of the late Stan Lee and he does have his requisite cameo. The origins of Captain Marvel from Mar-Vell and how the Avengers gained their name is explained, plus there are other tidbits to link it to the Marvel franchise. A “Shero” film with a strong female superhero, it makes a great movie for families. Rated PG-13, it’s suitable for older children. The 90s pop culture and music are a great addition to enhance the movie. Stay through the credits for a hint at the next film set in present day, plus a special scene with Goose, the Flerken. Captain Marvel delivers as a must-see movie.
CAPTAIN MARVEL arrives in theatres everywhere on March 8th!
Captain Marvel Official Trailer