“Captain Marvel” Takes Command

Noah Stults, Columnist

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“Captain Marvel” has finally been released, making more than $455 million worldwide, according to Vox. This makes it the biggest opening ever for a film featuring a female lead. I enjoyed “Captain Marvel,” but it did leave moviegoers wondering many things upon the conclusion.

In “Captain Marvel,” the main character, Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), goes on a journey of self discovery and every bit of plot plays a specific role in her discovering herself. In the beginning of the movie, Carol has no memory of her past and the only hints of her history are recurring dreams. Even though she has no memory of being Kree, she is continuosly told that she is a Kree, which is an alien species. As she goes along her journey with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), she has more flashbacks that begin to clue her in to her past. These flashbacks play out perfectly throughout the story, giving her hints as to how to handle each situation with the Kree empire, who are actually trying to use her as a weapon to further their conquests. The flashbacks are definitely one of the primary reasons why the plot was so good, because they help tie the mystery of her past into the dangers of her present, creating a cohesive personal storyline.

There were many good scenes in Captain Marvel, but the most impactful scene was when Carol and her mentor, Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), have a final battle. Yon-Rogg know he can’t defeat Carol, so he tells her that he is so proud of her and that she will only truly have grown if she fights him without her powers. Before Yon-Rogg can continue, Carol shoots a photon blast at him that sends him flying. Carol then looks at him and tell him that she has nothing she needs to prove to him. After defeat Yon-Rogg, she sends him back to Hala, the home planet of the Kree empire, with a message for the Supreme Intelligence that she is going to end the war between the Skrull and Kree, promising a sequel.

Captain Marvel had a well thought-out plot with lots of twists and turns. The characters were well developed, and the CGI was absolutely amazing. Sitting in the movie theater, you actually felt you were in space as Captain Marvel hurdled through the universe to drop off Yon-Rogg, or when she was about to fight Skrull enemies. Although it was an exciting action  movie, it left many unanswered question for dedicated Marvel fans. One big question on everyone’s mind was where was Captain Marvel in “Avengers: Infinity War”? The movie just felt a little bit out of place when you put it in the Marvel timeline, but in the end it was a very entertaining film that I recommend seeing.

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