While Captain Marvel is an origin story, showing how she got her powers and become a hero, the structure in which it is told separates itself from other superhero origins. Since Carol Danvers doesn’t remember her past, her origin is pieced together throughout the film. While this structure creates a different structure for the film is unique compared to Marvel’s other origin stories, it also hinders the character from being able to truly convey herself. It becomes difficult to show Carol’s personality. She’s supposed to be an emotional, maverick based on the way the Kree soldiers see her. Consequently, it forces Brie Larson to deliberately hold back the character’s personality for almost half the film, sporadically allowing her to show this side of the character, such as when a Skrull soldier growls at her and she growls right back. Any time the character was allowed to be quirky and human was when Brie Larson and the character shines most.
Another major positive towards the film was the handling of the Skrull/Kree conflict. While the conflict starts out black and white in terms of morality: the Kree are good, the Skrulls are bad, the film slowly begins to show that the Skrulls may be more sympathetic than Carol or the audience initially realized. Ben Mendelsohn's performance as the Skrull leader Talos is a wonderful surprise as he crafts a quirkier villain performance than his usual villain performances seen in films such as Ready Player One (Steven Spielberg, 2018) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Gareth Edwards, 2016).
Overall, Captain Marvel meets the standards of most MCU films before it, introducing and reexamining characters and ideas with a few twists to it. While it may not have the most distinctive style and visuals, Captain Marvel introduces another character to enjoy for years to come. And based on the film’s worldwide gross of $812,251,537, audiences are making it clear that they desire to see wider representation on the big screen. Audiences want more perspectives to view the world and the success of this film alongside smash hits like Black Panther (Ryan Coogler, 2018) Wonder Woman, Get Out (Jordan Peele, 2017), and Crazy Rich Asians (Jon M. Chu, 2018), audiences are getting good stories and characters that better reflect the world around us and the challenges they face.
“Captain Marvel (2019).” Box Office Mojo, www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=marvel2018a.htm