Captain Marvel (SPOILER TALK)

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By Ben Wright (@iamzavagno ) & Robert Ernest (@thatRobster )

It’s safe to say that both myself and Rob enjoyed Captain Marvel. If you haven’t yet done so, you can check out our spoiler-free Captain Marvel review here.

In this article we’ll be talking about a range of topics, from things we liked, disliked and looking at what this film means for the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe.

So, without without further ado, let’s talk spoilers!

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Captain Marvel’s Best Moments

Robert: The moment she realised her powers were being oppressed and went ultra marvellous was great because we got to see just how powerful she is for the first time. I think it played out well on screen with her breaking free from the metaphorical shackles.

Ben: I liked the end fight between Danvers and Yon-Rogg. Again he was like right, ‘lets do this like men’ and telling her that she has to prove herself. To just be shot down like that, and stating that she doesn’t have to prove anything was a nice moment. I was very Han Solo-esque. I loved it.

Robert: I loved all the bits that really reflected the 90s such as them all waiting around the computer impatiently and Carol loosing internet connection. Her crashing down to Earth through a Blockbusters store immediately allowed you to identify with the time period. And then there’s the soundtrack! No Doubt, Garbage, Salt ‘n’ Pepa and the rest were used brilliantly.

Ben: I enjoyed the PC jokes. The dial up modems and super long loading times. I guess that resonated with me because of my day job. But I though when the 90s references landed, they really worked well.

Robert: I liked having Djimon Hounsou as Korath in the film as it linked the film with Guardians of the Galaxy and that fitted well baring in mind both films are based in space.

Ben: The Starforce were completely underused and pointless, with only Korath showing any sign of personality. So I agree that he was not only a good link, but came out on top in what was a dud group of characters.

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Who Was The Best Character?

Robert: Normally I would avoid going for the main character as that’s too obvious but I did really like Brie Larson. She gave a fantastic performance as Captain Marvel. She was quirky, witty and committed. We’ve had Black Widow who has been a strong female superhero and more recently characters like Okoye and Shuri who stand out in their own right, but Captain Marvel places a strong, empowering female superhero in the forefront who will be a role model for many. And rightly so!

Ben: I’m not a big fan of overpowered superheroes, and I’ve never been a big comic fan of Captain Marvel. But I’m definitely on board with the MCU adaption of the character. This has been down to Brie’s performance in the role.

Robert: Ben Mendelson as Talos was entertaining throughout. I hope we get to see more of The Skrulls in the next phase of Marvel films. The shape shifting from The Skrulls added some fun moments and the twist which turned them into the victims was really interesting.

Ben: Ben Mendelsohn was my joint pick, with Lashana Lynch. I never saw the Skrull twist coming. You cast Ben Medelsohn and an evil looking alien and you instantly think “bad guy”. Then they pull the rug from under you, but his performance never changes. It was beautifully done.

Robert: Samuel L Jackson was also great and it felt like we got to see him shine much more than we normally do as Fury. Oh and as someone who doesn’t watch Agents of Shield I was really happy to see Agent Coulson again.

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The Stan Lee Tribute

Robert: The tribute to Stan Lee as the Marvel title came on screen was stunning, it gave me goosebumps and I felt a lump in my throat.

Ben: I’ll be honest, that was a difficult watch. I wasn’t expecting it, so when it happened Zoe and I just grabbed each others hand on instinct. It was a shot to the feels for sure and there was definitely some watery eyes coming from the both of us. As for the cameo, I thought it was perfect. I didn’t realise it at the time, but he was reading the screenplay for Mallrats. That was a nice touch.

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The Not So Good

Ben: I covered most of the things I didn’t like in the review. The dodgy CGI, convenience storytelling etc. But i’d also add Goose to this list. I mean, I’m not a cat person to begin and I didn’t like the cat in the comics either. But mainly I didn’t like how Fury loses his eye. This sort of jokey retroactive continuity just cheapens things for me.

Robert: The main thing I REALLY didn’t like was the first part, right up until Captain Marvel landed on Earth. It was kind of sloppy and confusing and in all honesty I sat there thinking that I was going to hate this film. I get why it was there and I get that it was needed so that the plot twist would have more effect but for me it didn’t fit in well. It would have gone down better in a sequel perhaps, but as this is the first time we’ve met that character I just felt it didn’t work. It was a little difficult to keep up with what was going on and when I watch this film at home in the future, I will skip it all.

Ben: After finishing off our review I went and listened to what We Have A Hulk and Nerdschatting had to say, I don’t think we are alone in thinking this. It was such an awkward entry point into the movie. I didn’t like any of it.

Robert: Another is a bit of a silly thing but when Captain Marvel had Monica help redesign her suit I sat wondering how Monica knew to use the technology to do so.

Ben: Eugh. Don’t me started on that. I didn’t like it. But it all ties in with their over use of convenience storytelling. Who needs explanations or logic? It can just happen…

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Post-Credits / Avengers: Endgame

Robert: I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited for a film in my entire life. I’m not even going to begin to guess what’s going to happen but the world stands a much better chance now that Captain Marvel has joined what remains of The Avengers.

We’ve seen them all work together to try and stop Thanos but it kind of looks like she’s the only one who single-handedly stands a chance. We don’t know which characters are going to survive Endgame but I do think Captain Marvel would make an excellent leader for the next phase of Marvel fun.

Ben: I was excited before, I’m even more excited now. But you mentioned Thanos there, which is something that now has me nervous. We saw in the film that there are, currently, no limits to her powers at this point. She’s also had an extra twenty odd years to become even more powerful. So I’m a little apprehensive when it comes to how she is used. In 1995 she was so much more powerful than Thor is probably at in the present. So if Captain America can hold off Thanos for a few moments, she should be able to come in and just take him out no problem.

They will have to ‘Nerf’ her at some point, because I don’t want them to devalue all the other heroes. I’m fine with Captain Marvel being the secret weapon and the most powerful Avenger, but maybe at the minute she is too overpowered? Maybe they will address that, she’s cocky and confident throughout the film. Maybe her first meeting with Thanos doesn’t go so well, thus adding the first real challenge for her to overcome?

I’m also eager to see how they will use Maria’s daughter Monica. She’ll be an adult by the time Endgame kicks off. They teased that they were going to do something with her. She’s in the comics, so hopefully they will pull the trigger on this. I think the MCU is long overdue an ‘all-out’ black female superhero. I have a suspicion that this it what will happen.

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