The year 2019 is a huge, huge year for the folks at Disney and Captain Marvel is the first big release of many. People have been very excited for Captain Marvel. It is the lead-in movie to Avengers EndGame (to be released on April 2019) and also this is the first Marvel movie where a female superhero has gotten top billing.
How to Stream or Download Captain Marvel
You will be able to pre-order and then download Captain Marvel from iTunes once it is released. To check the availability click on the Download button below the review. If you want more MCU movies it’s better to start from the first one, which is Iron Man.
The Movie Review
It will be spoiler-free, don’t worry.
While Captain Marvel is, of course, the last movie before we get the next big Avengers movie, it does not work exactly the way you would think a lead-in movie would. This is a Carol Danvers origin story and the story of who is arguably the most powerful character currently in the MCU.
The movie starts with Carol Danvers (at first she is called Vers) who is a key piece in the Kree army training with her superior, Yon-Rogg (Jude Law). He wants her to be able to control her powers, which due to her emotions she is having a hard time doing. Danvers, Yon-Rogg and the rest of a Kree team are sent to find someone who has intelligence that can help in their war against the Skrulls.
Without giving any spoilers away, Carol ends up on Earth in the 90s, along with the Skrulls and it is a race to see who can find a scientist who has developed a light speed engine which the Skrulls want so they can travel the galaxy. What I loved about the “villains” in the movie is that The Skrulls are not what you expect them to be and it is a pretty great twist.
The 90s setting is something that I really got a kick out of in the movies as will anyone who went to high school or was just alive during this time. The fashion, the way people talk and best of all the soundtrack are very well done and certainly make you feel like Carol Danvers is in 1996.
Once on Earth, Carol has some help in the form of Nick Fury. This is one of Samuel L Jackson’s best appearances as Nick Fury. He is not the battle-hardened Nick Fury that we all know and love now. He is more light-hearted, trusting and I would dare even say human than he is now. Also, the special effects to make him look younger are truly amazing.
Brie Larson who plays Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel is impossible not to like. She is always looking to do the right thing, even when it puts her at odds with what her Kree orders are. You can tell right away that she is a good person who is more concerned with helping people than carrying out the Kree agenda.
Speaking of The Kree, one thing that is cool about Captain Marvel is that it brings back Ronan the Accuser from Guardians of the Galaxy. Now granted he only has a small part, but it is cool to see him back. Djimon Hounsou reprises his role as Korath from Guardians of the Galaxy as well and it is pretty cool to see him too.
I think that Captain Marvel is a solid origin story movie. The special effects are great, the story is solid and she really is a character you care about. Plus her friendship with Nick Fury lets you see him in a different light and the story of how he lost his eye is pretty hilarious. I would not say it is a top 5 Marvel movie for me, but it still is a great time. As always make sure you stay for the credits, especially the mid-credits scene.