Release date: March 8, 2019 (USA)
Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Screenplay: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Nicole Perlman, Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Meg LeFauve, Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch
Stars: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn
Captain Marvel, if you have not seen it yet, is an action-adventure story that satisfies even if you have not gotten sucked into the Marvel Universe.
It’s a stand-alone that ignites waves of nerdy excitement from Marvel Universe (MU)fans who have seen the MU evolve through its first three phases, which started in 2008.
In its first weekend, Captain Marvel grossed $456,718,598 worldwide, easily covering its $152 million budget.
Some critics have depicted Captain Marvel as an origin story as if origin stories have been played out in comic book fashion.
While definitely about her origins, Carol Danvers’ emergence into the MU is orchestrated like an electrician connecting an intricate system of wires.
Played with cocky confidence and compassion by Brie Larson, Danvers is both the invulnerable and indestructible hero and the vulnerable human susceptible to her emotions, which in some cultures are seen as a weakness, and in other cultures, a strength.
This incarnation of Captain Marvel seems to be going over better than he original male Captain Marvel, who entered the MU comic series in 1967 Marvel Superheroes #12, but struggled to garner a solid readership in its time.
Stan Lee and Gene Colan created that version of Marvel, and Stan Lee had a hand in this version as Captain Marvel, even squeezing in a cameo before his passing in 2018.
This film connects the lines across the MU and has fans impatiently waiting for Avengers: Endgame.