Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.
Marvel finally have a female superhero in the lead of one of their behemoth blockbusters. Frankly, they should have done this before scraping the barrel with Ant Man , a film with smaller ambitions than its lead, but let’s not moan. This hero is even called Captain Marvel, bringing to mind eponymous albums like Blur, Metallica or Beyoncé – statement records by artists who wanted fans to know this one means a little more than ones that came before. This one has feeling.
Captain Marvel stars the Oscar-winning Brie Larson as its titular hero, aka Carol Danvers, and the film toys with memory and space. It is set in the ’90s. That much is clear from the Blockbuster Video store in the opening shot of its trailer. It’s that sort of nod that suggests directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck understand the level of nostalgia they’re working with.
The rest of the new footage, for instance, may as well take place today. It doesn’t look old and what that nods towards is that this isn’t Captain America , set in World War Two, or Wonder Woman, set in World War One. This is a story that happens to have taken place 20 years ago, for reasons that will become clear in the wider Marvel Universe, but is far more significant than its era.
Because, I don’t think nearly enough has been made about the importance of having better representation on screen. Perhaps, in an industry practically run by Harvey Weinstein for nearly 30 years, the absence of strong lead women in films shouldn’t come as a surprise, but at least they are trying to level out the playing field now. In a world dominated by all the various man-heroes, from Hulk to Thor, it’s no wonder when I asked my niece who she is into, superhero-wise, she replied: “Spider-Girl. Batgirl. Iron Girl.” I have no idea if they exist, but I get her point.
Those thoughts – and the reason Captain Marvel is being made in the first place – find an echo in Professor Marston, who came up with Wonder Woman in 1941. He wrote: “Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength and power. The remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman, plus the allure of a good and beautiful woman.”
Wonder Woman was that woman, and Captain Marvel is too. Yes, of course, the former film made millions of dollars so, of course, the rival superhero studio want in on that box office and, of course, it is cowardly they didn’t try this at least five years ago. But these gripes miss the point. Last year’s Wonder Woman was a fine film with a slightly dull ending, but given it was part of a much-derided DC Studios comic-book world, its impact was muted by ongoing issues surrounding its brother films about Batman and Superman. Captain Marvel, though, arrives during a boom time for its studio. It feels confident and more alive.
Raitings : 4/5
Full Cast And Crew :
Directed by :
Ryan Fleck Writing Credits
Anna Boden …(screenplay by) &
Ryan Fleck … (screenplay by) and
Geneva Robertson-Dworet … (screenplay by) and
Jac Schaeffer … (screenplay by)
Nicole Perlman …(story by) and
Joe Shrapnel … (story by) &
Anna Waterhouse … (story by)
Roy Thomas … (based on the Marvel comics by) and
Gene Colan … (based on the Marvel comics by)
Victoria Alonso … executive producer
Louis D’Esposito … executive producer
Kevin Feige … producer
Stan Lee … executive producer
Mary Livanos … associate producer
Jonathan Schwartz … executive producer
Lars P. Winther … co-producer