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Captain Marvel

Published July 7, 2019

Captain Marvel

Film info

  • Title Captain Marvel
  • Directors Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
  • Year 2019
  • Run time 2hrs 3m
  • Genres Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
  • Tagline Higher. Further. Faster

Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel is an adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes. When a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the centre of the maelstrom.

Live blog

TimeComment
0:40Lovely Stan Lee tribute.
2:43“Right, you slipped as a result of me punching you in the face.”
13:10Them scroll things sound like Wookies.
16:22Lieutenant Trouble! Adorable.
23:19Of all the places to crash land, a Blockbuster!
27:54COULSON. So worth it.
31:26Knew it was coming from the trailer, but still, punching an old lady is always shocking.
36:31“How’s your eye?” I hadn’t noticed he had two eyes. Oh no! Not for much longer, I guess.
39:00Incredible soundtrack so far.
40:49The toast detail, hilarious.
45:26“Oh, you should see what I can do with a paperclip.”
1:05:59The nineties computer is brilliant and terrible in equal measure.
1:10:32Wow, that looked amazing.
1:13:44“I don’t even know who I am!”
1:16:21“The coolest mission in the history of missions and you’re giving it up to sit on the couch and watch Fresh Prince with me.”
1:22:59THE TESSERACT!
1:34:27Not sure if I like the cat or not anymore.
1:39:59Star Wars has ruined all canyon fighting/flying.
1:49:10The pager, from the end of the… omg.

Thoughts

So, this was probably my second favourite Marvel movie after Black Panther. It was good and inspirational and nice and the music was incredible. I wish all movies were set in the 90s because omg those songs.

On the one hand, Carol Danvers is an incredible hero. Your normal but awesome fighter pilot military woman who then gets next level powers to defend the universe from the big bad. That moment where Jude Law is chatting at her to fight her with fists and she just blasts him. “I don’t have to prove myself to you,” she says, on behalf of all womankind everywhere. Amazing.

The strength of this movie lies in the fact that it’s an origin story and so there is not a lot of backstory to remember, which is particularly a relief in Marvel’s massively over-complicated world. There were a few things cleared up, actually: the tesseract, Fury’s eye, that damned pager. And bonus Coulson. I love Coulson.

The one issue, of course, is that Danvers being an all-powerful supreme being isn’t going to be that interesting. We need her right now to beat Thanos, absolutely I’m on board, but as we know from watching many years of Formula One: undefeatable is not interesting.

But for the moment, I’m happy. This was a brilliant movie that restored a lot of my faith in Marvel movies. It’s got to be a full score.

Rating: 5 / 5

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