Captain Marvel Trailer Review

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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 :
Anna Boden
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)

 

Cast :

Gemma Chan Gemma Chan Minn-Erva
Brie Larson Brie Larson Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel
Jude Law Jude Law Walter Lawson / Mar-Vell
Mckenna Grace Mckenna Grace Young Carol Danvers
Ben Mendelsohn Ben Mendelsohn Talos
Samuel L. Jackson Samuel L. Jackson Nick Fury
Lee Pace Lee Pace Ronan
Rune Temte Rune Temte Bron-Char
Djimon Hounsou Djimon Hounsou Korath
Annette Bening Annette Bening
Chuku Modu Chuku Modu
Colin Ford Colin Ford Steve Danvers
Clark Gregg Clark Gregg Coulson
Kenneth Mitchell Kenneth Mitchell Joseph Danvers
Robert Kazinsky Robert Kazinsky
Pete Ploszek Pete Ploszek
Ana Ayora Ana Ayora
Bethany Levy Bethany Levy S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent
Lashana Lynch Lashana Lynch Maria Rambeau
Abigaille Ozrey Abigaille Ozrey Talos Surfer Girl
Matthew Maher Matthew Maher Norex
Algenis Perez Soto Algenis Perez Soto
Patrick Brennan Patrick Brennan Bartender
Emily Ozrey Emily Ozrey Surfer Talos
Gaston Dalmau Gaston Dalmau
Jeff Bragg Jeff Bragg Umpire
London Fuller London Fuller Young Carol (age 6)
Connor Ryan Connor Ryan Cadet Livanson
Adam Hart Adam Hart Skrull Spy
DJ Jenkins DJ Jenkins Air Force Pilot: PYRO
Damon O'Daniel Damon O’Daniel Business Commuter
Amir Malaklou Amir Malaklou
Marilyn Brett Marilyn Brett Skrull Old Lady
Joey Courteau Joey Courteau Kree Rail Passenger
Jacob Figueroa Jacob Figueroa
John Gettier John Gettier S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent
Eddy Rome Eddy Rome Alien
Gil De St. Jeor Gil De St. Jeor Teenager
Vinny O'Brien Vinny O’Brien Skrull Spy 2
Mel Powell Mel Powell Pegasus Guard Ficke
Rayniel Rufino Rayniel Rufino
Kevin M. Kelly Kevin M. Kelly Coroner
DaJuan Rippy DaJuan Rippy

 

 

Produced 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

 

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