The next one will be in cinemas in a matter of weeks'.
Two films in two years may not seem like a lot - it's not - but to put it into perspective, it was only in 2015 that a leaked email from Marvel chairman Isaac Perlmutter revealed his distaste for female superhero films, citing Supergirl (1984), Catwoman (2004) and Elektra (2005), blaming them for poor box-office performances and calling them a "disaster". The humor, especially, is built in to the other Marvel films and I wonder why there is almost none in "Captain Marvel.' The answer, I think is in the film's star, Brie Larson, as hot-shot fighter pilot and kick ass warrior Carol Danvers". But what helps the film most is Larson's earnestness as the new hero on the horizon, who is capable of taking on Thanos in "Endgame". Her abilities prove so dominant that she can seemingly do anything, be it fly to farthest reaches of space without protective gear or destroy intergalactic warheads with a single blow.
The key word, however, is "practically".
This type of plot is par for the course in the MCU, but that isn't really a problem: To paraphrase an observation film critic Roger Ebert once made about the James Bond franchise, when there are so many movies in a series, you wind up comparing one to the other like you would vintage wines, seeing how they stack up.
During the climax, the Kree and Skulls fight against each other for the Tesseract with Captain Marvel fighting for the Skrull side as she now knows the intentions of Yon-Rogg (Jude Law). He wants her to control her emotions, which can't be easy, because she also has to stomach his platitudes.
At this early stage, they and their fellow soldiers look as though Scotty has beamed them up into an old episode of Star Trek.
So, how did Carol make her way to the present day?
While in battle and subsequently on the run from the Skrulls, Larson's character finds herself on Earth, or Planet C-53, in the year 1995.
Can Marvel Still Do a Secret Invasion Movie?Thus, the film is flat and predictable; the cinematic equivalent of a resigned shrug from Marvel, as if to say, "We had to make it, but at least she kicks ass, right?"
Listen. Press circuits for big-budget superhero movies are gruelling trips around the world in which actors are asked the same 10 or so questions literally hundreds, and they're expected to breeze through it all as if it's not incredibly exhausting. Samuel L. Jackson is back as Nick Fury, albeit digitally de-aged, because Captain Marvel is set in the '90s.
While Carol's entrance is a dramatic moment, as it should be, it also acts as a low-key sweet callback to the best-buds chemistry developed between her and Nick Fury in Captain Marvel.
Pair that with watching Carol Danvers take on the world, and it's an unstoppable team. There's a glimpse of Annette Bening holding a gun. We also meet Maria Rambeau, played by British actress Lashana Lynch, a former test fighter pilot and one of Danvers' closest allies in the film.
Brie Larson attacked fathers, sons, and brothers.
Comps begin with previous March releases including Disney's Beauty and the Beast ($174.75m opening), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166m opening) and The Hunger Games ($152.5m opening), all of which suggest a very real likelihood Captain Marvel tops $150 million this weekend. This probably only stood out to me because the rest of the movie's soundtrack is so spot-on.