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Captain Marvel

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Hannah Russell '19, Reporter

With a thunderous crash enters Carol Danvers, a new breed of superhero. Captain Marvel takes place in 1995, the days of blockbuster and computer loading screens that took years to finish. Marvel’s approach in this movie is different of others, which occur in the present (except for Captain America: the First Avenger, which takes places during World War 2). The hero of this film is Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), a Kree warrior who can’t remember her past. The Kree is an alien race at war with the Skrulls, a race of green aliens who can shapeshift. Throughout the film, Carol finds herself discovering who she really was before she was a Kree as well as discovering the truth about the war she is a part of.

I think the movie was incredible. That may be biased because I think we’ve needed a strong female lead for superhero movies for years now, but that doesn’t undermine just how far that exceeded my expectations for this movie. I had to see this movie twice before writing this just so I process the emotions it made me feel the first time I saw it.

Seeing a young Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) was a contrasting experience. Being able to see more of his past was refreshing because Fury is a very private character. I also loved Goose the cat. I have a weak spot for cats, and as the movie illustrates, so does Nick Fury. Fury’s love for Goose made the film that much better because in the other MCU films that Fury has been a part of, he is portrayed as a very cold, work-focused individual and seeing this dynamic change in his character brought a level of comedy, which the movie had plenty of.

Another thing in the film I really loved was Carol’s relationship with Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch). The two are best friend’s in the film and you can see how deep their friendship runs. This relationship shows that platonic relationships can be just as powerful as romantic ones, which is a very important thing for people to take out of this movie.

If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend that you do. There’s something for everyone in this film, and it gives good background about who Captain Marvel is and how she came to be before her appearance in Avengers: Endgame set to release April 26.