Captain Marvel: The Hero we all needed
Released on International Women’s Day, the highly anticipated Captain Marvel did not disappoint – quite the opposite. Prior to its release, the film was a target of internet trolls who shared on social media, without even watching the film, fake sexiest reviews. This included comments on Brie Larsons’ physique – arguing she didn’t look strong enough to play the role of a superhero – and comments on how she needed to smile more (sound familiar?). They also claimed the actor herself was sexiest against men, after she stated that more diversity is needed in the industry.
Well, the film delivered the perfect response to haters. Long-overdue, this is Marvel’s first female hero to land her own solo film – we will still need to wait until next year to finally watch Black Widow going solo.
No, Captain Marvel/Carol Denvers’ origin story is not a preachy feminist movie. It simply shows us how it was about time to have a female-led film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Multiple empowering moments throughout the film portrait Carol – and all women in general, I believe – as a powerful force who, against what everyone says, is strong and powerful enough to achieve anything. She can get the job done just like any male can, although she does not need to prove anything to anyone – a crucial moment during one of the final battles in the film confirms that in a brilliant way!
Adding to all this, the soundtrack is splendid – and amazing 90’s throwback that will surely make you feel nostalgic! There is also the opportunity to see a bit more of Nick Fury’s backstory and understand the beginning of the Avengers program. We also finally get know how Fury lost his eye and, without giving any spoilers, I can only say it’s definitely an unexpected one…
Last, but not least, the film features what will be one of Stan Lee’s last cameos on a Marvel film, following his passing last December. Adding to it, a heart-breaking moment in the beginning pays tribute to the late creator of the Marvel comics. Bring your tissues!
It’s really inspiring to see such a strong character like Carol finally being portraited in a Marvel film – little girls will be lucky to grow up in a world where she can be seen as a role model. She joins Wonder Woman (another universe, I know) on finally giving us more female representation in the superhero world!
Captain Marvel will be back for Avengers: End Game – stay until the end of credits to have a few more clues on how she will help the Avengers to defeat Thanos. And not long until we can see it on the big screen: 25th of April! Add it to your calendars!
Daniela Da Palma