Higher, further, faster, more of that please.
Boy, I am so glad that they included the original Mar-Vell in this film. But even more than that, I am so glad that they made the character into a woman. I hope it pisses off every manbaby on the internet and they cry about how “SJWs” changed Mar-Vell’s gender, whining about how Mar-Vell was no longer a dude whose biggest storyline was dying.
Now, her biggest storyline is being a mentor to Carol, helping Carol to fly. Walter Lawson posed as a scientist, but Wendy Lawson was a scientist and helped other women pilot the airplanes she created. Sure, she still died, but not before asking Carol to help her end a war. To help her save some refugees.
(Also, I love the fact that almost all comic book fans guessed Jude Law was Yon-Rogg, but nobody figured out that Annette Bening was Mar-Vell.)
Oh, hell yes, this film is pro-refugee. In today’s climate, with Disney producing? That’s kind of a miracle. But they do it. The Skrulls appear to be the villains, but they are only trying to survive. They only want a home. Mar-Vell was helping them, but the militaristic Kree wanted to exterminate them.
And in comes Carol Danvers right in the middle. An anomaly, an unknown factor, her memories tangled and lost. Carol used to be known as “the woman who Rogue got her powers from” and this resulted in years of her memory lost. Carol is practically a walking amnesia machine, at this point. But the film uses that to its advantage — the images of her memory going back and forth as Talos tries to find what he’s looking for are amazing. It’s one of the best sequences in the film, giving us simultaneously a glimpse at the supposed villain’s plans, but also Carol’s true history, her childhood, and her friendship with Maria.
Oh, Maria Rambeau. Seriously, Lashana Lynch nailed that role. Carol’s and Maria’s scenes together are among the best scenes in the film because they feel like old friends. You can see the sadness coming off Maria as she tries to explain to Carol what it means to see her again.
And you can also see Carol becoming more confident as the movie goes on. Brie Larson plays her as cocky — a Han Solo-type, more than a Luke Skywalker-type, even as Yon-Rogg tells her to “control her emotions.” We’ve heard that speech before in films, but here it’s not about controlling her powers, it’s about controlling her. The Kree want to use her as a weapon and they can’t do that if she knows how powerful she really is.
“I’ve been fighting with one hand tied behind my back.” I got chills in that moment. As the Kree Supreme Intelligence tries to tell her that she’s nothing, she fights back and we see just how strong she really is, not just in body, but in mind.
More things I liked:
- Goose. Holy crap, they kept the Flerken! I had no idea they would do that, until Talos said it and I am so glad they did. And it makes sense that Mar-Vell would keep a Flerken around just to be safe.
- They did a good job at making the Skrulls look menacing at first and then sympathetic. I really love the fact that Talos was doing this all to save his family...and then his daughter bonded with Monica Rambeau.
- Little Monica was awesome, too. She wasn’t the cloying “wise beyond their years” kid that a lot of movies do — but she was still charming.
- Brie Larson’s acting is good, but considering she is playing “amnesiac Han Solo” most of the time, she isn’t given much to work with.
- Seriously, though, Lashana Lynch was the MVP.
- Coulson got some good lines, too, but the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fan in me wanted more.
- Ronan the Accuser was in it for a brief second. I like Lee Pace, so I hope they manage to bring him back to life for Captain Marvel 2.
- The opening Marvel Studios logo made up of All Stan Lee was awesome and everyone in the theater clapped.
- I saw Kelly Sue DeConnick’s cameo!
If you haven’t seen it yet, go see this film. This isn’t perfect (I guessed a lot of the twists long before they came and the pacing seem off at points), but it’s full of perfect moments.