"Vers" a.k.a. Captain Marvel (Larson) is a member of the Kree Starforce fighting against the shapeshifting Skrulls in an intergalactic war. As she learns more about Earth, a missing scientist (Annette Bening), and a U.S. Air Force pilot named Carol Danvers, she also begins to question what she thinks she knows about the universe. Vers is determined to take down the Skrulls that land on Earth, but there's somebody on Vers' trail, too: the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the USA government's super-secret spy agency - specifically veteran agent Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and eager rookie Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg).
On top of this, Captain Marvel is the female-driven Marvel film that we've been waiting for. She's a great actress, but that's a tall order for the best of them. Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) urges her to keep her emotions under control, but Carol senses that she has a hidden past. With this duo at the center, Captain Marvel seamlessly moves from road movie, to heist film, to mystery thriller.
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However, by far the smartest creative decision is casting Ben Mendelsohn as head Skrull, Talos; not only does the villain also get some amusing comedic moments due to earthly inexperience, he's also another morally complex individual that shows Marvel is continuing to step up their bad guy game. This is closer to a Guardians of the Galaxy outing than a Captain America one.
When Captain Marvel was screened early for critics last month, one of the main takeaways was that the Carol Danver's cat Goose (played by a cast of four rotating live cats) is apparently quite the scene stealer in the comic book action flick. Considering Captain Marvel is half-Kree, viewers should look out for their role in the film.
At this point, you can't read about a Marvel movie without mention of the Marvel formula. It's also better than that, but with Captain Marvel, directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have managed to meet expectations driven by the films that preceded theirs and still create a rousing, fun superhero saga that earns the right to be viewed without needing conditions, asterisks or equivocation to evaluate its artistic worthiness - both alone and as a part of the MCU.
I can't say I'm surprised that the negative reviews of Captain Marvel are written by men. Not surprisingly, it serves as a way of tying this film into other MCU films. They tell us little about whether a woman has any sense of judgment or style or true intelligence. Undeniably, though, Marvel producer Kevin Feige has figured out how to inject some idiosyncrasy and personality into most of his products, especially when stacked up against the leaden DC Comics line. More importantly for Danvers, it's a way of relearning who she is.
One thing is certain about this final film before we catch up with the Avengers. She's a superpowered person who doesn't know her past, discovers her past, remembers her strength, and becomes even more superpowered as a result.