April 6-7, 2024
Higher. Further. Faster. These three words appeared on Captain Marvel’s first poster, paying homage to writer Kelly Sue DeConnick’s comic book series, and while the film does honour Carol Danvers’ rich source material, it’s also approachable as a standalone effort for anyone who might not be familiar with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, let alone the gripping final moments of Avengers: Infinity War.
The MCU is now 21 movies deep, and audiences have come to expect a few things from their movie going experiences: a great story, great actors, fun and diverse characters, a good amount of humour, and a killer movie soundtrack. Captain Marvel delivers all of the above and just a bit more.
It was always expected to feature a certain level of female empowerment, however it delivers an even higher standard of equality, not just because it’s centred around a female superhero, but because of the ease with which she is portrayed, thanks to the brilliance of Brie Larson.
While the movie stands on its own two feet, and one can watch and appreciate it without too much prior exposure to the other films, there are certainly more details that can be gained with a review of the previous instalments.
Those who know Marvel movies well will appreciate the backstory of Nick Fury, and further insights into his character, who has a habit of making only fleetingly cryptic appearances in other films.
The alien race of the Kree are further expanded upon after their initial mention in the first instalment of Guardians of the Galaxy, and die-hard fans might even notice the reappearance of Korath (played by Djimon Hounsou) from the same film.
Whether it be Iron Man’s roguish and at times petulant antics, or Thor and Loki’s amusing sibling rivalry, Marvel movies have become known for their clever use of comedy, and Captain Marvel does not disappoint.
Perhaps the biggest drawcard of the movie is the fast wit and sassy humour scattered throughout its entirety. Carol Danvers isn’t just imbued with fire-fists and glowing hair, her funny personality makes her a joy to watch, and the banter between her and Fury is hilarious.
Plus, anyone who lived through the ‘90s will find themselves snickering through multiple nostalgic references to Blockbuster and the now very dated computer technology of that era.
Be prepared for the ginger feline side-kick, Goose, to steal the show on more than one occasion, drawing many an endearing reaction from Fury, and many a laugh from the audience.
All in all, Captain Marvel more than lives up to the promises made by that first poster, shaking any notions the MCU may be succumbing to superhero fatigue, while providing more excitement for Infinity War next month.
Higher. Further. Faster. That’s exactly what you can expect from Captain Marvel, which opens in Australian cinemas today.