With Avengers: Endgame ever so close, the only thing between us and it is Marvel’s newest addition to the MCU, Captain Marvel.
Set before the rest of the MCU entries excluding Captain America, Captain Marvel follows Vers (Pronounced Veers if I remember rightly) and her group of Kree soldiers led by Jude Law’s Yon-Rogg on a mission to save one of their people sent to gain intel on the Skrulls, the big baddies of the film. Naturally, it goes wrong and Vers ends up separated from the rest of the group, stranded on Earth and in pursuit of a scientist who has created a light speed engine.
Brie Larson takes the helm in Captain Marvel as the woman herself and let me say she does a bloody-good job of it. I loved her from start to finish! She is a marvelous addition to the Marvel family. Her timing was fantastic, her emotion in her scenes was so real and she’s the perfect fit for the role! I sympathized with her through many parts of the film and one scene in particular which threw the movie on its head and changed opinions towards certain characters really stuck with me.
One of my favorite parts of Captain Marvel was the return of Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson. Whilst his role is not as big as it was in The Avengers, it was very cool to see him on screen with Nick Fury again, even if it was as a rookie. Samuel L. Jackson reprises his role as Nick Fury and through the power of CGI they’ve managed to make him look younger and done a fantastic job. Thankfully, I didn’t really notice the CGI when watching the film which was very impressive. We also get an explanation about Fury’s eye and it’s not what viewers may expect.
However, the star of the show is not Captain Marvel. This title belongs to the furry friend that Nick Fury takes a liking to: Goose the cat. We see Goose fairly early on and he sticks with us through the rest of the film. Personally, I wouldn’t have it any other way. He’s not just there for aesthetics, Goose comes in handy at multiple points in the film and even delivers an unexpected reveal towards the end of the film!
Of course, we can’t talk about a Marvel film and not talk about post credit sequences. Much like Ant-Man and the Wasp, this entry has two post credit clips. One taking place between the fancy first credits and the scrolling credits. This scene links directly into Avengers: Endgame so I won’t say too much here. The second takes place right at the very end of the credits, though it is much less serious than the aforementioned scene. It’s not important, nor does it link to any other Marvel film; it’s simply there to prove to Marvel that we’ll sit through anything!
I won’t say anymore here but I will say this, Captain Marvel is a welcomed addition to the MCU timeline. Full of comedic moments, thrilling chase scenes, a cat and the most touching Stan Lee tribute at the very start of the movie the movie more than delivers to devout Marvel fans and newcomers alike. I shed a tear with what Marvel did. It truly was the best way they could have said thank you and goodbye to the man. There’s only one word to describe the tribute and the film all together: Excelsior!
Thank you, Stan…