CAPTAIN MARVEL (2018): The Things I Liked…

Captain Marvel (2018), Brie Larson, Marvel Studios
Captain Marvel (2018), Brie Larson, Marvel Studios

The subject of Captain Marvel, Marvel Studios’s first superhero film with a female superhero as the main character is Carol Danvers (Brie Larson). Danvers is an officer of the United States Air Force who, following an accident, ends up becoming one of the universe’s most powerful heroes.

Also starring Lashana Lynch, Jude Law, Annette Bening and directed by Anna Boden plus Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel features the classic elements of the superhero origin story. Yet it also has a couple of satisfying twists and turns I didn’t see coming, especially since I don’t read comic books.

Well acted, adequately engaging – both story-wise and visually, what will stay with me most about this movie is the moment I realised and saw just how powerful Captain Marvel really is. A truth that had me both wowed and wondering about who the most powerful avenger actually is. I also couldn’t help but be curious about the important role Captain Marvel would eventually play in Avengers Endgame (2019).

Having seen Wonder Woman (2017), DC Comic’s first female superhero movie months prior to the Captain Marvel release, part of the reason I was drawn to the latter film was to find out which of the two movies I’d find more entertaining. In short, the answer is Wonder woman. I’m not saying I think it’s a perfect film but I do remember enjoying the humour, story, action, musical score and visual effects that little bit more.

I’m now wondering if Wonder woman will still come out in front once I’ve seen the sequels for both films, when they eventually arrive.

I’d say watch Captain Marvel if you’re curious but you probably already have. So instead I’ll ask, which movie did you prefer and why? Captain Marvel or Wonder Woman?

Happy Film Loving


7 thoughts on “CAPTAIN MARVEL (2018): The Things I Liked…”

  1. I preferred Wonder Woman. I liked Captain Marvel but I think the movie was somewhat hampered by being set in the 90s (fun though that was) or maybe by being set so much on Earth. (The space stuff was the best part and this is still my favorite Mendelsohn role). And Larsen was good but I just don’t think she has the comedic chops. I like her but I still feel like Jackson stole this movie.

    1. Interesting point about the 90s setting hampering the movie. Since the Wonder Woman sequel seems to be set in the 80s a wonder if it will suffer similarly.

      I agree about the space stuff being the most fun because that’s where she really got to flex her true skills.
      I also think you’re right about the Earth setting. I guess they kind of had to do that to some extent, just to establish the story. It wouldn’t surprise me though if the 2022 sequel takes place mostly in space.

    2. I forgot that the green faced guy was Ben Mendelsohn. As for Samuel L.Jackson, there’s always a chance he’ll steal the show in most films he appears in.

      Larson was good but I guess as a superhero, besides her special power, her character didn’t really offer anything we hadn’t seen before personality-wise. I wish both sequels could be available during lockdown. That would really be absolutely super. Just super! 😁 🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞…

  2. I prefer Wonder Woman, though I did like Captain Marvel.

    Perhaps I thought the story and myths in the Wonder Woman film make the film flow better. Growing up I read DC comics rather than Marvel…though I do think in general that Marvel films have had better scripts than their DC counterparts.

    1. Everyone I’ve asked has mentioned preferring Wonder Woman and for all the reasons you’ve mentioned plus more.

      It really does look like Marvel Studios do it better in every way, including trailers. Though I have to say, the first Gal Gadot Wonder Woman trailer is one of my favourites of all time. 🤓

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