Captain Marvel had a tough job as the first solo heroine movie from Marvel Studios. It had the task of bringing in fans and getting them invested in a new story and hero, with Avengers: Endgame being just around the corner and coming out next month. Despite this, Captain Marvel is a decent movie that manages to make the best out of the situation it’s been put in. Of course, it still has its fair share of problems that kept it from being perfect.
Captain Marvel is a 2019 superhero movie by Marvel Studios. It sees Brie Larson playing the role of Carol Danvers, A.K.A Captain Marvel, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. The movie acts as a backstory for Danvers, which means the movie is set before the events of Infinity War and most of the Marvel movies thus far. The story follows Danvers as she travels to Earth to try and learn more about her past, where she is suspected to be from. Other characters that she meets along the way play a large role in the majority of the movie, but this is a spoiler-free review, so go watch the movie if you’re interested in more of the plot.
As I said above, I actually enjoyed this movie, so I’m going to start with the negatives because there are less of them to talk about. The movie’s overall plot was not very engaging. It was average, and while the twist caught me off guard, it still didn’t give me a reason to care about the majority of the characters that weren’t Captain Marvel nor Nick Fury themselves. Lots of the side characters weren’t given enough scenes, so they barely had time to develop, apart from one or two scenes here and there that tried, but failed, to develop any real personality. While that doesn’t sound like that much, it does bring the movie down, taking it away from the title of a great movie to one that’s just OK.
Even though the movie stumbles in some places, it still does plenty right. While the side characters weren’t the greatest, the two leads really brought these characters to life. They were fun to watch and while some of the jokes didn’t land, most of the time they were funny. On top of all that, there’s one character that makes this movie shine. Goose, the cat, is the best character in this movie, hands down. I won’t spoil anything, but Goose makes every scene she’s in simply better. The movie is also just fun, like most big action-packed superhero movies, with explosions, lasers and fighting. It’s entertaining, and that’s what should really matter.
All in all, Captain Marvel manages to keep fans interested, and with an after credits scene teasing Endgame, it manages to keep the hype train going. While the movie wasn’t perfect, it left a positive impression on me. Captain Marvel is an above-average movie that checks all the boxes for a fun summer movie. 6.5/10.