Published: Thu, March 07, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Drew Collins

Brie Larson Reveals if Captain Marvel Can Time Travel

Brie Larson Reveals if Captain Marvel Can Time Travel

Thanos snapped his fingers, something not so good happened and all looked quite dire. With the exception of a mid-credits scene that takes place after the events of 2018's Avengers: Infinity War, the primary connection here is Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), largely pre-eye patch and sporting a full head of hair, who shows up when Larson's unusual being crashes to Earth claiming to be a soldier engaged in a massive alien war, many galaxies away. Oh, and Brie Larson's great.

Not that Larson doesn't bring confidence and chutzpah to her underwritten role. When she finally takes literal flight towards the end of the movie, eyes and hair aglow with unimaginable power, it is the movie's first true moment of both visual poetry and catharsis. Annette Bening does double duty as research scientist Dr. Wendy Lawson and the avatar that embodies Carol's most admired person whenever she's jacked into the Kree's Supreme Intelligence matrix.

The hated Skrull, galactic enemies of the Kree, are spotted heading to Earth, so Vers is dispatched along with Yon-Rogg and some other Kree warriors to find and kill them. "Carol [Danvers, her character] changed my life and the movie hasn't even come out yet".

She said: "I think it is really important to have female voices behind the camera as well as in front of it".

Clark Gregg is de-aged like Jackson for his cameo return as S.H.I.E.L.D.

It is also a tale of female friendship, with black actress Lashana Lynch playing Danvers' best friend and fellow pilot Maria Rambeau.

The villainous Skrull have an agenda of their own, and they can also shape-shift into a mirror image of anyone they see. This leads to a fantastic train chase and fight sequence that spotlights LA rapid transit in a rather, well, aggressive manner.

Mendelsohn's Talos will be a surprise to Marvel comics die-hards, but a welcome one - he's a far cry from a traditional MCU villain, but what he lacks in deviousness he makes up for in a genuinely charming sense of humor.

As long as there've been MCU movies, there have been post-credits scenes. Or is Goose a Flerken? Larson can quip and smirk and take a punch, Boden and Fleck can create a fully-realized and damaged character for her to play, with sharp dialogue and grounded storytelling. The first portion of the film where she's learning about her history on Earth (reminiscent of Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) in Guardians of the Galaxy) is tiresome and rather boring.

'Captain Marvel' is an aimless superhero slog

"Captain Marvel" relates the origin of hero Nick Fury summoned via high-tech pager just before he was done and dusted at the end of "Avengers: Infinity War". Except Wonder Woman is better in so many ways, from the fierce performance by Gal Gadot in the title role to the fast pace of her backstory to the spot-on CGI that pulled us right into her world (and then her into ours within the film too). As much as I loathe to pit two women against each other, the Marvel film didn't give me wish fulfilment chills the way Wonder Woman did.

"Just going through that process was like going to Marvel University".

Despite featuring the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first woman lead character, Captain Marvel sticks to the overarching franchise formula. While it may be a Marvel movie, it shares a deeper spiritual DNA with movies like Memento and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, than it does, say, Ant-Man. In this film, it's Danvers who is saddled with most of the comic lines. Note to MCU writers: Just because a character is young, they don't have to be a smartass every single time they open their mouth.

The time period has the odd effect of making "Captain Marvel" feel more old-fashioned than it should, with chases on foot and vehicle pile-ups that don't zoom with the expected big-screen razzmatazz.

She also has one of the most confusing and labyrinthine back stories this film fan has ever had the task of untangling. This leads to a couple of moments of, "Wait, what just happened?" or, "Why would they believe her?" that could have been avoided with a more carefully paced script, or, in a flawless world, a more thoroughly constructed preamble in another movie altogether.

That cool mohawk/mask Captain Marvel sports when in battle mode?

So it is smart, in a way, that Captain Marvel seems to hold itself to no higher standard than the absolute minimum that people tend to expect from an entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

"Because this character is shouldering the weight of social obligation, she is, Marvel needs her to represent how powerful and wonderful women are, she's an avatar for feminism, she can't really possibly have any flaws". Otherwise, this is one you can safely wait to see on pay TV or a subscription movie service.


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