Growing up, comic books were a part of my daily life. While I didn’t have any myself, my friend Nino always had boxes full. Countless hours were spent at his house reading and getting to know characters like Wolverine, Deadpool, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.
Diving into those worlds of fantasy made for hours of enjoyment. That is why, when “Captain Marvel” hit the theaters, it made me curious to see how this story would be developed for a broader audience to enjoy.
“Captain Marvel” centers on Carol Davers (Brie Larson), who is a member of the Kree Empire’s elite fighting force known as Starforce. The Krees are in constant battle against a group of alien shapeshifters known as the Skrulls.
During a mission, she is captured and is taken aboard a Skrull ship, where her mind is probed for information. The probe shows memories from a life she supposedly lived on earth and triggers doubts to rise to the surface. Danvers is given a tough choice and faces an identity crisis. She either must believe the past she was told about by the Krees or take the memories that have surfaced as truth.
In the comics, there are several versions of this character, both male and female. In this film, going with a female lead opens new avenues of storytelling in a male-dominated superhero universe. It is also a tough story to do because of the character’s personality.
A strong point in this movie is its well written narrative that has the right balance of high paced action and humorous moments that people will talk about on the car ride home.
Throughout the movie, there is a lot of humor that nerds who grew up in the 1990s will genuinely appreciate and have a good chuckle over. One scene that shows this is when Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) loads a CD into a computer to play an audio file. A minute or so passes by and, when Fury is asked what’s taking so long, he replies, “It’s loading.”
The film also pokes fun at other Marvel films. In one scene, Captain Marvel questions Fury about why Shield’s logo is stitched onto a piece of clothing if it is such a secret organization. Fury just looks at her with that grizzled look Jackson has come to master over the years.
The best way to experience this movie is to see it at the theater so you can appreciate the full effect of the visuals that are a large part of the story. Go and see it before it is too late. I give “Captain Marvel” four and a half stars out of five.
Captain Marvel is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive language. It runs for 124 minutes.
For more information about the film, go to its website at www.marvel.com/captainmarvel/.