Captain Marvel rises as MCU approaches endgame

Thomas Chavez ’19, Managing Editor

Marvel’s latest installment into their Cinematic Universe (MCU) Captain Marvel hit theaters on March 8. Reeling in 164,420,196 dollars in the international box office as of March 11, the film is yet another hit for the steadfast MCU. Brie Larson as the titular character shines in her role, and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury is phenomenal as always. The film has seen a lot of success, and it currently holds a 79 percent on rotten tomatoes. The website’s critic consensus states, “Packed with action, humor, and visual thrills, Captain Marvel introduces the MCU’s latest hero with an origin story that makes effective use of the franchise’s signature formula.”

The film does follow the typical Marvel formula, Captain Marvel is nothing you have not seen before. While not inherently a bad thing, it just is not a fresh take in the MCU.

The big debate coming out of this film is likely going to be whether it is too ‘feminist’. Did the movie make too big a deal about its main character being a female? Senior Conner Harris said, “They brought it up like a whole two times in the movie.” The film does take a moment to address certain issues, as is common with films like this. Just because a film has a cast lead by a woman does not mean it is going to try to force some ‘feminist’ agenda. Much of the scrutiny that DC Comic’s Wonder Woman suffered from is similar to that of Captain Marvel, but the films addressed the topic and moved on, no big deal.

Overall, Captain Marvel is not the next great installment in the MCU, it will not be recognized amongst the best the franchise has to offer. However, despite playing into the Marvel formula, and questions about it being too “feminist”, the film is still entertaining to watch and should be considered for any casual movie-goer.

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