Higher, further, faster: Marvel's first female cinematic superhero

'Captain Marvel' is an aimless superhero slog

Even if Captain Marvel slightly under-performs, it should a big step up from Marvel's most recent film, Ant-Man and the Wasp, which only opened with $75 million last summer.

We'd imagine you'd learn all sorts of things if you were cast as a Marvel superhero. Brie Larson's Carol Danvers is going to make her debut in the upcoming Captain Marvel movie and later, she will join the rest of the Avengers in the most-awaited Endgame movie. "There is no story arc for Captain Marvel because that would imply that women have problems".

"The gag rate isn't as consistent as the funniest Marvel movies, but there's plenty of humor mined from the '90s setting [.]".

"Captain Marvel" is a superhero movie with the heart and soul of an indie film, and that works both for and against it. Just as Carol embraces her power, audiences will embrace the wonder that is Captain Marvel. When we meet Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), she's already an intergalactic warrior, fighting with the Kree in their battle against the shapeshifting Skrulls.

Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson), the 1995-set movie follows US Air Force fighter pilot Carol Danvers (Larson) as she becomes the eponymous hero after the Earth is caught in the centre of a galactic conflict between two alien worlds.

The latest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe now has a score of 67 (based on 37 assessments so far) on reviews aggregate site Metacritic, well below last year's series high of 87 achieved by Black Panther.

Great, and that's where she got her powers, right?

'Captain Marvel' is an aimless superhero slog
'Captain Marvel' flies into Marvel's elevated expectations

She sat down with the Jonathan Ross Show earlier this week and revealed that she hadn't she didn't even tell her mother she had received the role out of fear the big news would be leaked to fans. And what really sells this film is that playfulness.

Her first iteration as Captain Marvel was in 2005's House of M, though she only existed as the alias in a false reality created by Scarlet Witch. She takes an Earth name, because Vers sounds silly. The dress was emblazoned from top to bottom with sparkly eight-point stars, referencing the symbol adorned on her character's superhero suit in the film.

Fanboys who had made it their misguided mission to steer clear of Captain Marvel should rethink their agenda. Carol's friendships with Fury and Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch) are equally important but unique. This chapter is thoroughly refreshing and I must emphatically express how flipping superb it was to see all the action delivered by a female in a Nine Inch Nails t-shirt and jeans.

The actress previously said she worked out four hours a day, seven days a week in the gym with trainer Jason Walsh for the role. And I'm secure enough to admit that the little girl inside me let out a cheer when Larson finally fully flexed her muscles (making Iron Man look like an unwound tin toy) during the obligatory slam-bang finale. Apparently a lot of this film's budget went into digitally rejuvenating Jackson's face, as well as that of fellow agent Colson (Clark Gregg), back to their putative 1990s youths.

Eschewing what could have been a cliché dynamic of having them bicker only to bond in the finale, Carol and Nick pretty quickly form a trust and an easy rapport, and you can see how and why Larson and Jackson have seemingly formed an off-screen bond as well after this, their third film together.

Captain Marvel hits theaters March 8.

According to current tracking estimates, the Brie Larson-headlined superhero adventure is on course to open with $150 million in North America over the Friday-to-Sunday period, with a further $200 million from worldwide markets for a global opening weekend in the range of $350 million. This leads to a couple of moments of, "Wait, what just happened?" or, "Why would they believe her?" that could have been avoided with a more carefully paced script, or, in a ideal world, a more thoroughly constructed preamble in another movie altogether.

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