'Captain Marvel' Fits Right In With MCU Phase 1 [Spoiler Free Review]

Think back to 2008 and the beginning of Marvel Studios' fledgling Marvel Cinematic Universe. Iron Man had just released, and superhero films would never be the same. Shortly thereafter came Thor, Incredible Hulk (albeit there are always arguments as to whether or not to include it), and Captain America. Why are we talking about MCU history? Because it's important to keep these things in mind before seeing Captain Marvel. 'Captain Marvel' Fits Right In With MCU Phase 1 [Spoiler Free Review] Oscar winner Brie Larson plays Carol Danvers/Vers/Captain Marvel, and she can completely hold her own with the phase 1 boys. This is her introduction story, so if you remember that going in, you won't be disappointed. This isn't Civil War, this isn't Ragnarok, and comparing Captain Marvel to those films is a disservice to what it actually is. 'Captain Marvel' Fits Right In With MCU Phase 1 [Spoiler Free Review] You've probably seen the controversy across the interwebs- angry men who claim Larson is sexist against them (for her comments about making sure the press pool covering the film was more inclusive), for claiming she is mean and horrible (for her comments about the "Smile More" reception to early posters and trailers which carries over into the film), and for the review bombs that forced aggregate review site Rotten Tomatoes to change things up by preventing comments on a film before it releases in theaters.

'Captain Marvel' Fits Right In With MCU Phase 1 [Spoiler Free Review]
Even before she became Captain Marvel, Carol was an accomplished Air Force pilot, and Larson spent time with actual pilots for research.
All of these things tie into the film's purpose, which is to FINALLY, after 21 films, have a female Marvel hero stand on her own. We got close with Ant-Man and The Wasp, the first of the MCU films to feature a female hero in the title, but this is something different. 'Captain Marvel' Fits Right In With MCU Phase 1 [Spoiler Free Review] If you hated the 90s- this film is not for you. If you don't like sassy and quippy strong women literally getting back up after being knocked down by society and the patriarchy, this film is also not for you. It's for the scores of women, young and old, who have been WAITING for Carol Danvers to turn the universe upside down. Score: 4 out of 5, viewed in Dolby Cinema non 3D, will DEFINITELY be seeing again. With or without costume.
'Captain Marvel' Fits Right In With MCU Phase 1 [Spoiler Free Review]
My attempt at Carol Danvers' grungetastic NIN shirt look for my screening.
  The Good: 'Captain Marvel' Fits Right In With MCU Phase 1 [Spoiler Free Review] Attention to 90s detail is fabulous- the music, the set dressing of concert posters everywhere. Someone obviously paid attention that decade. The use of No Doubt's "I'm Just A Girl" during a fight sequence was strangely perfect. Carol's use of dry humor and attitude comes across naturally, and she works incredibly well with Samuel L. Jackson. This is the first superhero score done by a woman, and Pinar Toprak BROUGHT IT. 'Captain Marvel' Fits Right In With MCU Phase 1 [Spoiler Free Review] And yes, Goose is just as badass as we thought she'd be. The Bad: There are at least two moments that didn't FIT within the storyline, like they were added for a laugh factor that didn't need to be there. Ben Mendelsohn chews enough scenery to make their inclusion dumb. The script should have been tighter, but that's super small potatoes. We'll of course be doing more in-depth reviews once the film opens, we don't want to spoil anyone on any plot points of surprise moments (of which there are MANY).
'Captain Marvel' Fits Right In With MCU Phase 1 [Spoiler Free Review]
On Earth, Mendelsohn's Talos goes undercover as a human working within S.H.I.E.L.D. (seen here with directors Fleck and Boden). "It's not easy being green," Mendelsohn quips.
Yes, there is one mid-credits scene and one post-credits scene, so don't be that guy who leaves the theater early. You REALLY want to see them.
'Captain Marvel' Fits Right In With MCU Phase 1 [Spoiler Free Review]
Director Anna Boden talks to "Captain Marvel" star Brie Larson on set
Anna Boden (first female director for Marvel Studios, only took 21 films) and Ryan Fleck are directing from a script they wrote with Liz FlahiveCarly MenschMeg LeFauveNicole Perlman, and Geneva Robertson-Dworet.
'Captain Marvel' Fits Right In With MCU Phase 1 [Spoiler Free Review]
The cast and crew of "Captain Marvel"
Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios
Captain Marvel stars Oscar winner Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as the commander of Starforce (who may or may not have two names), Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace returning as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Ben Mendelsohn as Skull Commander Talos, Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau, Algenis Perez SotoMcKenna Grace, and Annette Bening in as-yet-undisclosed roles. Captain Marvel is set to hit theaters on March 8th 2019 (International Women's Day), and tickets are on sale now.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

 Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

 Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional
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