“Captain Marvel”: Does it stack up to other MCU films?

Movie Ticket to see Captain Marvel at Regal City North Stadium 14 IMAX & RPX Photo Credit: George Quinonez

By George Quinonez ’21

“Captain Marvel” shows an outstanding plot and phenomenal character development. However, to a point, it lacks amazing editing.

Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) is an extraterrestrial superhero coming from the planet Hala, which is the home of Kree warriors.  She is caught in the middle of a war between the Kree and the Skrulls that has lasted for quite a while. Captain Marvel ends up on Earth-during the year 1995- and while she is on earth she has recurring memories of a different life that she might have had on Earth. That life has to do with a United States Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. She gets help from Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to help her root out her past, and to help her stop this war between the Kree and the Skrulls.

The movie shows an outstanding plot because throughout the movie you see how Captain Marvel struggles to control herself and to find her true identity. Nick Fury aids her through this problem of hers. In addition, what makes it worse is that she also has to deal with stopping the war which makes it very difficult for her because now she has to focus on two different things. It is somewhat similar to both Thor and Captain America in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). That is what makes the plot outstanding, for you are able to see this powerful superhero travel through this journey to uncover her powers, her identity, and her self control. This is an almost perfect origin story.

The plot leads to phenomenal character development because you see Captain Marvel train with another Kree soldier, Yon-Rogg (Jude Law). It is almost as if he is her mentor during the process of becoming an elite Kree soldier. Even at the beginning of the movie, while she is training,  you are able to see her struggle with being able to control her own powers and even developing them. Her “mentor” helps her with that issue leading them to create a strong bond with each other through combat and training. During her time on Earth Nick Fury comes into play, Captain Marvel doesn’t quite understand what the human race is like until she meets Nick Fury. And Nick Fury helps her with her recurring memories to help her found out that other “life” she keeps thinking about. So throughout the movie, she creates two different relationships and the two people that help her show their significance in the movie as well as what kind of role they have.

Now, the only downfall about the movie is the editing. In some fight scenes toward the end of the movie the lighting is too dark and you can barely see what is happening. And this is somewhat of an issue during the big action scenes when Captain Marvel is fighting off some of the enemies. Moreover in some moments when you can tell that the scene is completely CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery).

Some may say that the continuity between this film and many other MCU films make the timeline very confusing. I beg to differ, and it could be difficult to understand if you haven’t seen previous MCU movies, but if you have then you would have to dig further into research to understand anything that may confuse you and piece every little detail together.

  • Directors: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
  • Run-Time: 2 hours and 4 minutes
  • Genre: Action/Adventure, and Sci-Fi/Fantasy