Broomfield at the Box Office: Captain Marvel
Mar 29, 2019 09:03AM
By Missy Ruzicka
First thing you should know before you read this review is, I love Marvel. I have since I was a little kid. My brother and I picked out X-men characters for everyone in our family. He was Wolverine and I was Jubilee, if you were wondering. I love my comic books, Lego figurines, action figures, posters, books, and of course the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I knew I was going to review Captain Marvel, but I also knew I had to take my excitement down a notch before I went to see the movie. So instead of seeing it at midnight on opening night, I waited a week. I was proud of my elementary school students for keeping me spoiler free until I could go see it.
The opening credits give a wonderful tribute to the amazing Stan Lee since this is Marvel’s first release since his passing back in November at the age of 93. Our movie starts out on a distant planet called Hala, home to the Kree. We meet our feisty heroine Vers, who questions everything including authority, during one of her training sessions that shows us that she is just learning to use her powers and has no real memories of her life before now. I don’t want to give away any surprises or spoilers but Vers ends up down here on Earth, or planet C 53. One of the things I enjoyed about this film was it being set in 1995 and everything that came with it; pagers, bad hair styles, and even a Blockbuster store where Vers looked at a copy of The Right Stuff. There is an important item hidden here on earth that is being hunted by two alien species who have been battling for decades. Vers decides she needs to find the item first to make sure it doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.
We meet two familiar faces from other MCU movies and TV series; S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Nick Fury and Agent Coulson. It was strange to see Fury with both eyes and before you ask yes, we see how he loses his eye. We also see the beginning of Fury and Coulson’s friendship and their decision to start the Avenger Initiative. This is a very fast paced Marvel superhero movie with car chases, fights on trains, and even battles in space that shows us important people of the future and things we need to learn from our past. They make sure we get to know Vers, who is really Carol Danvers, an Air Force fighter plane pilot who went missing six years before in a training mission. Through flashbacks of her life, we see what a true fighter she is and how with determination, mental strength, and a whole lot of stubbornness there is nothing she can’t do. Captain Marvel is a fun adventure with lots of answers and even more questions. She is a force to be reckoned with and I for one can’t wait to see how she responds to Fury’s page!