Humor, sweetness empower ‘Captain Marvel,’ a fun ’90s superhero throwback

There are some especially specific and clever ones, including one involving late Marvel imprimatur Stan Lee, that absolutely kill.

When Captain Marvel was screened early for critics last month, one of the main takeaways was that the Carol Danver's cat Goose (played by a cast of four rotating live cats) is apparently quite the scene stealer in the comic book action flick. The actress, who is the first female superhero in the Marvel Universe, lit up red carpet in a custom, sparkling gold gown by Rodarte. Superman is, eh, super, Batman is obsessed with bats, Spider-Man was bitten by a radioactive spider. But what does Captain Marvel do, anyway? Captain a vessel? Be marvelous?

But more than just fighting aliens, Captain Marvel represents a strong female superhero with an intricate and complicated past. Captain Marvel is here. Lisa Rinna watches as Brie Larson's Carol Danvers gets back on her feet and wonder if she needs any help, promoting Kris Jenner to reply, "I don't think she needs any help, what she needs is her own movie!".

And while she may not be able to mutate into a certain green monster *cough* Hulk *cough*, why would she need to when she already has superhuman strength? But things start to come together when she crash-lands on Earth in the middle of a Los Angeles Blockbuster Video somewhere around 1995, which you know because there's a "Babe" poster and a cardboard display for "True Lies". "We fight through it, and we're proud to be who we are".

Not only can our girl fly as both a superhero and a human (she is a former fighter pilot after all), Captain Marvel can also whip out some hectic energy blasts. As such, there was some controversy surrounding what was done with the character in the 80s. She struggles with anger issues as well as a sense of goal.

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As Binary, Carol got a major power upgrade. Her transformation into the new hero was the result of some Brood experiments that linked her with a "white hole", which gave her some really insane and potent capabilities. [For the record, she's a totally different character from D.C.'s Shazam, previously known as Captain Marvel, who is being played by Zachary Levi in an upcoming film.] While on a McGuffin mission with her subtly undermining mentor Yon-Rogg (Jude Law at his smarmy best) and a wisecracking crew of multi-hued comrades, Vers is kidnapped by Talos (Ben Mendelsohn, Marvel's most engaging antagonist since Tom Hiddleston's Loki), leader of the shapeshifting Skulls. It's also not a secret to Carol's peers that she is more gifted than the rest of her kind (she resides on the planet Hala, which is aesthetically pleasing in its bright lights, layered environments, and futuristic design although we don't really spend enough time there to truly make it stand out as a distinct planet), which has her commander Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) giving her one-on-one combat seminars regarding keeping her abilities and emotions in check. Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), who also makes a few brief appearances throughout the film. I was anxious I'd be dealing with the uncanny valley effect for the movie's full running time, but it genuinely works.

Despite the bumpy journey, Captain Marvel seems to be doing just fine: It set the record for Fandango's best-selling pre-release film, beating Avengers: Infinity War, ComicBook.com reported.

Stars across the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Television, and Marvel Publishing including CAPTAIN MARVEL comic book writer Kelly Sue DeConnick all came out to celebrate.

"Carol Danvers is a good soldier until Nick Fury tells her that she's actually someone who isn't afraid to buck authority and do what's right". And Carol Danvers is every bit as awesome as you had hoped. Captain Marvel is not hindered by such petty concerns like breathing. Like Black Panther did a year ago, Captain Marvel is a smarter, more innovative, and definitely more fun origin story, one that plays with 80s and 90s nostalgia while not indulging in it, alongside some great action and a terrific cast that seem to be having the time of their lives.

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