Female superheroes being brought to the big screen have unfortunately a very rough history as they starred in bombs like Catwoman, Elektra, Tank Girl and Supergirl. The trend mostly came from troubled productions and the misguided potential of these properties. However, recent movies like 2017’s Wonder Woman have managed to break the trend of failed attempts bring superhero women to the big screen and Captain Marvel is definitely no exception as it manages to bring a new direction for the Marvel Cinematic Universe after eleven years and twenty-plus movies.

Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) is a member of the elite Kree military unit called Starforce and is caught in between a war between the Kree and the shape shifting Skrulls. After splitting apart from her mentor Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) and their team, Danvers finds herself crash landing on Earth during the 1990’s and grabbing the attention of Agent Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) when a group of Skrulls led by Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) infiltrate the planet looking for a person and a source of power that somehow links to Danvers’ fractured and mysterious past.

Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck do a great job introducing Carol Danvers into the MCU and the world that she exists in and the conflict, especially when paying off the mystery of Fury’s pager in Avengers: Infinity War and how that will interlink into the upcoming Avengers: Endgame. Brie Larson does a great job portraying the character with a lot of wit and heart, as well being a strong soldier who learns to control her powers as we organically learn about her past without it weighing the film down in flashbacks or exposition.

There are some fun references for all you 90’s kids out there, from Blockbuster (rip) and Fresh Price of Bel-Air to No Doubt and Nirvana. One of the most impressive aspects is how the filmmakers digitally de-aged Jackson to a blue collar cop-like Nick Fury. This is not the first time Marvel has done this for their movies as they have made younger versions of actors during flashback sequences, like Michael Douglas and Michelle Phieffer in the recent Ant Man, for example. Unlike the flashback sequences where the visual effects are onscreen for 5-10 minutes, Fury was in the film for much longer, but the effect is so seamless and natural throughout the film, its like they plucked him straight out of 1996 from Die Hard with a Vengeance.

Overall, Captain Marvel is another solid and fun entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that establishes a very likeable lead for future movies followed by some great performances and enjoyable action sequences. So grab your best flannel, leather jackets and pre-faded Nirvana shirts and give the movie a watch.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Captain Marvel hits cinemas March 7th.

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