CAPTAIN MARVEL is now in theaters! Carol Danvers, a hero of the MCU ’90s, teams up with a young Nick Fury, and is overall a total badass! Here’s our spoiler-free CAPTAIN MARVEL review.

CAPTAIN MARVEL Review: The Plot

In general terms, Vers is a member of the alien Kree Starforce, tasked with protecting the Kree Empire on the orders of their A.I leader, the Supreme Intelligence. Her mentor is Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), who pushes her to control her emotions in order to keep the photon blasts they gave her in check. She has no memory of her life before the six years she’s spent on Hala, the Kree home world.

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After a mission against the enemy Skrulls goes awry, Vers finds herself crash landing on Earth. Soon after, she meets a young Nick Fury and new recruit Phil Coulson. Not only that, but the Skrulls’ leader, Talos, is hot on her tail. While on Earth, she attempts to not only discover what the Skrulls are after but also memories of her life on Earth that start to return.

Vers eventually discovers that she is truly the human Carol Danvers, as well as discovering the true limits (or lack thereof) of her power.

The Themes: Self-Empowerment, Discovery, and Truth

While there are probably more sub-themes to explore, there are three large ones that we’ll look at for this CAPTAIN MARVEL review.

Firstly, CAPTAIN MARVEL is a story about self-empowerment. As the film goes on, Carol discovers just how much power she has. Not just the amazing power she has on the outside, but a power within as well. She doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone, and she can do more than she initially realizes. She’s stubborn and strong all throughout her life, which she discovers alongside the audience. She eventually allows herself to trust in her own power and instincts as the narrative goes on.

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That brings us to the second theme of discovery. Obviously, Carol is on a journey of discovery to find more about herself. She wants to know who she is and what she can do, as previously mentioned. However, Nick Fury is on a path of discovery as well. Carol and the war she brings with her are Fury’s first real look at people with powers, aliens, and overall threats that come from beyond our world. The Skrulls are on a journey of discovery too, as well as the Kree. Both groups of aliens desire information and power that lies on Earth, which connects to Carol.

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Lastly, CAPTAIN MARVEL carries a theme of truth. All throughout the film, hidden truths are revealed. Carol finds the truth about herself, her enemies, her allies, her friends, and her abilities. The truth, once known, becomes critical to Carol’s journey as the hero she’s always striving to become.

CAPTAIN MARVEL Review: The Performances

Brie Larson does a great job as Captain Marvel. She absolutely kills it playing Carol Danvers. Larson captures all the humor, stubbornness, and strength that Danvers has in the comics, and then some. Once again, Marvel Studios nails the casting for their movies.

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Samuel L. Jackson returns once again to play Nick Fury, albeit a much younger version than we’ve seen in prior Marvel films. Fury is seeing all of this crazy stuff for the first time, and Jackson conveys his wonder very well. He plays it cool, having Fury take it all in stride, despite seeing stuff that’s blowing his mind. Additionally, Fury holds a much lighter and happier personality than in the other films, presumably due to to the fact that he’s yet to become weighed down by the secrets and responsibilities that come with directing SHIELD. Jackson does an awesome job showing this previously unseen side to Fury.

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The surprise performance that’s truly impressive comes from Ben Mendelsohn’s Talos, the Skrull leader. Without giving away spoilers, prepare for some great entertainment from the film’s antagonist. Whether in his disguised human form or in Skrull form, Mendelsohn’s performance shines through as a great part of CAPTAIN MARVEL.

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Lastly, for this part of our CAPTAIN MARVEL review, you will love any scene that young Agent Coulson or Goose the Cat are in. They steal the show. It’s so awesome to see a young Phil (Clark Gregg) still being awesome even as a new recruit. And Goose the Cat is amazing. You will adore him just as much as Nick Fury does in the trailer.

CAPTAIN MARVEL Review: Overall Reaction

CAPTAIN MARVEL is a really great Marvel film and a great addition to the MCU that explores not only its early days but also one of its earliest heroes. It’s fun, has some great ’90s nostalgia, and is empowering. It’s empowering for anyone, but especially for women and younger girls. Carol Danvers can serve as a great role model, creating inspiration to embrace the things that make you special, being empowered by them, and using them to make a positive impact on the world around us, no matter the obstacles or those who would try to say otherwise.

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CAPTAIN MARVEL also has a really great tribute to the late Stan Lee and an even greater cameo. Be on the lookout for them!

Lastly for our CAPTAIN MARVEL review, it’s super clear: Captain Marvel is gonna kick the crap out of Thanos. By the time AVENGERS: ENDGAME comes around, she’ll be joining the Avengers and Thanos ain’t gonna know what hit him! If you haven’t seen CAPTAIN MARVEL, go see it! If you already have, let us know in the comments below what you thought. Also, be on the lookout for some more in-depth and spoiler-y content on CAPTAIN MARVEL coming soon!

CAPTAIN MARVEL is in theaters now! Starring Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendolsohn, and Jude Law.

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