Travel back in time with Captain Marvel
If you’ve heard of the MCU before, then it’s likely you’ve heard of Captain Marvel, the 21st instalment in the groundbreaking franchise that’s grabbed audiences the world over by the scruff of the neck and launched them on a thrilling adventure through the furthest reaches of the universe and beyond.
If you haven’t heard of the MCU before, then fear not, for Captain Marvel may well be the best place to start on your journey – a journey that’ll see you flying among the stars, counter-punching gargantuan green fists and even munching on a bit of shawarma in New York City.
Iron Man (2008) saw the beginning of what Marvel producer Kevin Feige tentatively titled the “Marvel Cinema Universe”, with The Incredible Hulk (2008), Thor (2011) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) introducing some of the key players that would go on to become one of cinema’s greatest superhero teams, debuting in 2012’s The Avengers.
Widely considered the strongest Avenger (sorry Thor/Hulk), Captain Marvel finally got to hang out with her teammates (albeit in some pretty hairy circumstances) in the all-conquering Avengers: Endgame, triggering millions of fans to cry out “IT’S REALLY HAPPENING” in perfect unison, probably.
Although Captain Marvel is the 21st entry in the film series, chronologically, it’s actually the second. This origin story starts in the 1980s and continues through to the mid-90s. So expect plenty of throwback references – the hair, the clothes, the music and, in one early scene, a Blockbuster video store. We really are in the 90s here...
When a mysterious, superpowered being named Vers (Brie Larson) crash lands on Earth in the midst of a galactic war between the Kree (last seen in the original Guardians Of The Galaxy film) and the shape-shifting Skrulls, she weirdly has some recognition of our little green and blue planet. But why? And who is Carol Danvers? She teams up with a youthful, pre-eye patch Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) to find the answers she has been seeking for so long – and in the process, becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes.
Packed with incredible action, big laughs and brilliant performances from Larson and an aged down SLJ (thanks to CGI trickery), it has everything you’d want from a Marvel movie, plus enough twists and shocks to keep you guessing right to the end. Oh, and it also has a scene-stealing cat. Seriously. That cat is utterly amazing, and worth the admission price alone!
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