The first release in Marvel Studios’ slate of 2019 films is finally upon us with one of the final films in Marvel’s Phase Three, Captain Marvel.
The film’s lead character, Carol Danvers, played by Academy Award winning actress, Brie Larson, was first introduced to the world in March 1968 by writer Roy Thomas (co-creator of Luke Cage and Wolverine), and artist Gene Colan (co-creator of Falcon and Blade).
Possessing superhuman skills and powers of energy projection, as well as, absorption, Danvers’ tenure in Marvel Comics has spanned decades and has seen her team up with the likes of Alpha Flight, A-Force, Shield, and even the Avengers.
Now at long last, this bad-ass human/alien is finally getting the mainstream attention she so rightly deserves, and it’s been a long time coming.
The Beginning of Change
Back in 2014, Marvel Studios held a presentation on the upcoming Phase Three films. At the time, I was in my final year of design school and I recall the entire classroom gathered together to witness the presentation. A myriad of emotions filled the air as the room filled with eager anticipation, excitement and intrigue. The promise of returning favourites, Captain America, Iron Man and Thor captivated us but it was the introduction of new franchises featuring lesser known characters (to many of us at that time), such as Black Panther and The Inhumans, that sparked our interest.
Of course, since then, several changes were made such as release date changes, the cancellation of The Inhumans, the addition of Spider-Man, title changes such as Captain America: Serpent Society, which became Civil War, and more. However, our interest never wavered and the one announcement that till today has continued to be front of mind for most of us, was the promise of a Captain Marvel film.
At the time of the presentation, not only were there no female led films from Marvel, but none from DC Comics either. Somehow, both Marvel and DC had missed the bullet on showcasing their strong female heroes on the big screen. Sure, Marvel has since provided ample screen time and fleshed out the big screen personas of characters like Gamora, Scarlet Witch, and The Wasp, but there’s no denying that there’s been an awkward lack of female characters with their own solo films.
DC, on the other hand, has since gone all in on Wonder Woman, whose debut film was an instant hit and a second solo film due out later this year. However, considering the wealth of strong, independent female heroines in comics, the sheer lack of female led superhero films can be frustrating for fans.
The great thing now, with Captain Marvel, is at least we can stop asking when and start wondering what exactly we’re going to get.
So what do we know about Captain Marvel?
From the film’s synopsis, trailers, teasers and various promos, we know that Captain Marvel is set in the 1990s, which has me hyped for a nostalgia fueled trip filled with references to lost relics like Blockbuster, and a great soundtrack, if Carol Danvers’ Nine Inch Nails tee-shirt is anything to go by.
We know that we get a younger, inexperienced Nick Fury and Phil Coulson in the film, which makes sense canonically, but could provide some nice nods to Samuel L. Jackson’s role in the classic 90’s film Pulp Fiction.
Furthermore, we know that the setting is split between Earth and Space, a nice connection to the cosmic side of the MCU that heralds the threat of alien invaders, The Skrulls. The main draw though is Captain Marvel herself, played by Brie Larson, and not Rhonda Rousey, who had been rumoured to play the titular character a few years back.
Larson has been great in other roles I’ve seen her in, with personal standouts being a recurring role in Community, and notably as Envy Adams in the film adaptation of indie comic, Scott Pilgrim. I really can’t wait to see her portrayal of this iconic hero.
The rest of the cast is also great with the likes of Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Lashana Lynch, and Gemma Chan. There will also be some familiar faces from the first Guardians of the Galaxy film dropping in, and a cat named Goose (Chewie in the comics), who recently had a live stream which I may or may not have spent my Saturday morning watching.
All in all, this seems like the making of another Marvel hit which, thanks to years of demand, we’ll be talking about for years to come.
Captain Marvel releases in Australia and New Zealand this week. Stay tuned for the review tomorrow!