Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel is the twenty-first film in the MCU and the first female standalone film in the franchise. The story is set in the 1990s and follows Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. When Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races, Danvers meets S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) as she must convince them of a threat which is far beyond anything that S.H.I.E.L.D. has ever experienced before.
Okay, so let me just begin with the warning that I’m just not a big fan of Captain Marvel. Usually, I love Brie Larson and part of me thinks that she is the perfecting casting choice for the role, but I just can’t get on board with her character for some reason. I appreciated her appearance in Endgame, obviously, but I was hoping that her origin story would give me a reason to get behind her for more than just being the ultimate superhero. But whilst her character plays a pivotal role in the Marvel Universe and her story is such an important one in the context of every other superhero, she’s one of the few Marvel characters that I haven’t enjoyed the presence of.
There’s a lot about this film that I did love, though. I loved getting to see the origins of Marvel, the Avengers Initiative, and a young Nick Fury and Phil Coulson at the beginning of their careers. I also really loved the 90s nostalgia. But that’s pretty much everything aside from Danvers’ character.
This film adds so much to the MCU, but it’s still the weakest films in the franchise, in my eyes. Yes, I’m all for it being the first female standalone film but that’s not reason enough to give it five stars. The story is enjoyable but it isn’t groundbreaking or standout in any way. There just wasn’t anything that made me think “Wow” or that froze me in anticipation, nor were there any relationships that I wanted to see be developed some more.
For me, there was about as much excitement and action as there was in Thor: The Dark World, which is most critic’s worst MCU instalment, but at least there was the brotherly relationship between Thor and Loki for that film to fall back on. Aside from Nick Fury’s character, there wasn’t anything about this film that would make me want to rewatch it. I’m happy to have learnt about the history of a world that we have all become so invested in but, as a standalone film, I just thought it was okay.