Captain Marvel (2019)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi


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Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

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12 March 2019 | Red_Hardigan
3
| Let's just be honest
I am a Marvel fan. I go see all the movies, then buy the blu-rays. I have character statues, posters and have read the comics including Captain Marvel. There is a reason people become fans of certain things, and those things done well over time generate more fans until it becomes a "Juggernaut" like the MCU has. I fear that it's not unstoppable however, as the sub-par Captain Marvel has painfully illustrated. The movie is a pastiche of poorly written scenes with a bit of uninspired action sprinkled here and there with barely any plot at all. Carol Danvers has no character development whatsoever, no adversity to overcome besides amnesia and no villain to fight. I know there are people saying they like this movie, but I feel like they either aren't being honest or they like it for personal reasons that are not present in the movie. Objectively speaking, in terms of the technical aspects of storytelling, Captain Marvel just isn't effective. Subjectively, I was bored the entire time and the nostalgia parts made me feel as though JJ Abrams was poking me in the ribs asking me if I 'member the 90's. Yes. Yes I do. And for the record, people are criticizing this movie because it was bad, not because they "haaaate the wooomans!" Dismissing legitimate criticisms using this tactic will not produce better films, which is the only thing most people want. The problem is that they built the movie around the idea of "strong woman" and promoted it as an identity film, so when the movie ends up being bad some people rush to defend it because they don't want the IDEA to fail. The movie itself is secondary - just a vehicle to slap their bumper stickers on, which is a real shame because this could have been a great addition to the MCU. I hope they learn something from this, but from what I've heard it appears that Marvel actually plans to escalate the identity politics in the next phase which would be an absolute disaster for them. When pointing to the box office as a defense for how "good" Captain Marvel was, just remember that tons of paying customers didn't like it at all.

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The older lady's stunt double during the train fight is Heidi Moneymaker. Larson's stunt double is Renae Moneymaker. "So there's two sisters that are fighting each other for a lot of this sequence."


Quotes

Nick Fury: You know you're glowing, right?
Carol Danvers: I'll explain it later.
Carol Danvers: Take the Tesseract. Leave the lunch box.
Nick Fury: Me?
Carol Danvers: Yes.
Nick Fury: I'm not touching that thing.
Carol Danvers: You want me to get you an oven mitt?
Nick Fury: Whoa!
Carol Danvers: Get the Skrulls on the Quadjet and go. Take the... Flerken with you.
Maria Rambeau: ...
Carol Danvers: ...


Goofs

A reveal at the end of the film is that Captain Carol Danvers' call sign (nickname) as a fighter pilot was "Avenger." While this serves as a plot mechanism to explain how the Avengers were named, Danvers would not have realistically received such a call sign. First, call signs are almost always pejorative, for instance based on something unwise a new pilot may have done or said. Second, being one of a very few female fighter pilots in the 1980s (prior to the 1991 Tailhook naval aviation sexual harassment scandal), Danvers would have almost certainly received a call sign related to her gender in an unflattering way. Either way, "Avenger" would never happen unless there was a story behind it that did not reflect well on her.

Since we see very little of Carol Danvers' time as an Air Force pilot, there is no reason to assume that no such story exists. There's nothing inherently pejorative about Maria Rambeau's call sign, "Photon", either. What makes a person's call sign meaningful comes from the story behind it, not merely the word used, and we aren't given any information about the stories behind Danvers' and Rambeau's call signs.


Crazy Credits

There is a scene at the end of the closing credits: Goose the cat regurgitates the Tesseract.


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Celebrity Skin
Written by
Billy Corgan (as William Corgan), Eric Erlandson, Courtney Love
Performed by Hole
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises

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Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

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