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Film Review: The marvels of a Marvel heroine

Marvel Studios’ first female-superhero-led film has been in development since 2013, and it probably could not have picked a better day to hit the screens than on International Women’s Day, March 8

Update : 19 Mar 2019, 09:49 PM

Watching "Captain Marvel" was one of the priorities on my bucket list. It is a treat for comic lovers as the film’s plot is adapted from the comic "Captain Marvel" based on the character called Carol Danvers.

Additionally, the lead role is that of a woman superhero, unlike all the other Marvel Studio productions that include woman superheroes like Scarlet Witch and Black Widow. The film   stands out and banks on the acting brilliance of Academy Award winner Brie Larson, in the role of Captain Marvel.

Marvel Studios’ first female-superhero-led film has been in development since 2013, and it probably could not have picked a better day to hit the screens than on International Women’s Day, March 8.

The plot of "Captain Marvel" traces the origins of Carol Danvers, a US Air Force pilot who becomes a superhero. The film also features the excelsior late Stan Lee in a cameo role, with the Marvel Studios logo, including all the superheroes, at different times, shaking hands with him, giving him a hug, and talking to him. It also features a slight glance of Stan Lee’s cameo roles in each of the films; the feeling is simply nostalgic.

The post-credits scene gives a little hint of captain Marvel uniting with the Avengers which include: the Hulk, Black Widow, Captain America, and War Machine. It also explains what happened to one of the Nick Fury’s eyes; and by the way, Fury loves cat.

Carol Danvers—an Air Force fighter pilot trained to be a member of the alien Kree warriors—lands in the middle of an intergalactic war with the Skrulls; fictional extraterrestrial shapeshifters. In carrying out her mission, Danvers teams up with Agent Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson)—a recurring Marvel character who makes his first contact with planet Earth in the film, and with her feline sidekick—Goose, a cat. With the powers of energy absorption, shooting cosmic rays, and flying like a rocket, Danvers is made tough enough as if to hold her own in a universe that does not always value women.

Many filmgoers this week, who made the time to watch Captain Marvel at Dhaka’s cineplexes, admired the strong female leads in the film. Captain Marvel’s arrival was hinted at in the post-credits scene of the 2018 film "Avengers: Infinity War." The film was finally released on March 8, in theatres, two years after DC Comics raked in over US$800 million worldwide with its female superhero "Wonder Woman" in 2017.

Danvers was introduced into Marvel comic books in 1968. In her story, she developed superpowers after her DNA fused with that of the Kree, an extra-terrestrial military race, in a near-death experience.

The film, however, is not the average origin story. Set in 1995, it opens with Danvers having already turned into Captain Marvel and serving with the Starforce in outer space, an elite team of Kree fighters. When she goes back to Earth—as the war between the Kree and the Skulls breaks out—she starts remembering fragments of her past.

American actress and filmmaker Brie Larson did a good job in pulling off the lead role well in Marvel’s first woman-superhero-led film. Noted for her supporting work in comedies as a teenager, she has since expanded to leading roles in independent dramas and film franchises, receiving accolades like the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, and Golden Globe. For playing a kidnapping victim in the drama "Room" (2015), Larson won the Academy Award for Best Actress. The 2017 adventure film "Kong: Skull Island" marked her first big-budget release, following which she starred as Danvers in "Captain Marvel" this year.

Danvers’s other colleagues on the Starforce include Korath (Djimon Hounsou), Konan The Accuser (Lee Pace), Minn-Erva (Gemma Chan), Att-Lass (Algenis Perez Soto) and Bron-Char (Rune Temte). In the comics, the Starforce are a team of super villains. In the film, however, the main antagonists are the Skrulls.

The Skrulls are lead by Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), who poses as the director of the fictional American espionage, special law enforcement, and counter-terrorism agency S.H.I.E.L.D tasked with the security of the country, as well as the world.  


Ashiana Reaz is a student and a film buff.



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