Not so marvelous after all

Ethan Knauth, Online Copy Editor

Despite being usually far and way ahead of DC in every facet when it comes to superhero movies, Marvel was late to the party when it came to granting one of its female characters her own movie (DC’s “Wonder Woman” came out in 2017). In an attempt to make up for lost time, Marvel preformed a rush job in “Captain Marvel,” as the movie lacked polish in a variety of areas, notably in its fight scene choreography and in the wit customary to Marvel movies.

To kick off the origin story teased about at the end of “Avengers Infinity War”, we meet Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel,  on the Kree capital planet, Hala. Danvers, who is played by Brie Larson, opens the movie fighting on behalf of the Kree, a traditionally blue alien species, and is haunted by the fragmented memories of her former life. Using a reverse mentality as opposed to traditional origin stories, Danvers opens up “Captain Marvel” as a full fledged hero, with the details of how she came to be divulged later.

Governed by an artificial intelligence being, the Kree are in the midst of a war with the Skrulls, another alien species with shape shifting capabilities. As an initial mission by Danvers unit goes awry, the movie launches into its overall plot and the titular hero meets an aged down Nick Fury, played by the vaunted Samuel L Jackson. Together, Danvers and Fury discover the truths of her past and about the war between the two alien races.

As mentioned earlier, one of the main problems with “Captain Marvel” is it’s lack of good, quality action scenes. So often throughout the movie, the fight scenes are ended quickly and abruptly with one fighter reigning victorious rather defiantly. Absent of a back-and-forth fight scene or two, Danver’s or other’s fates were never in doubt to put the audience on edge. Despite her other worldly powers, it would have been nice to see Captain Marvel at least work up a little of a sweat when dispatching enemies.

Coupled with the dull fight scenes, “Captain Marvel” also lacked in the witty humor Marvel movies have been expected to provide. Although featuring some moments of brilliance in regards to comedy, generally when involving Goose (Danver’s cat), the movie overall failed to deliver consistent laughs, especially in the beginning.

A bright spot for the 90’s themed movie is it fully embodied the decade the plot was set in. “Captain Marvel” included several references to the decade’s style while also having time to fit in a Blockbuster, remember those? In addition, the soundtrack was filled with 90’s hits such as “Just a girl” by No Doubt and “Only happy when it rains” by Garbage.

Although deficient in some areas, “Captain Marvel” is a must watch for it introduces the theoretical future of the Marvel universe. To top it off, the movie includes a tease toward “Avengers Endgame” in the mid-credits scene so be sure to tune in for that.