Continuing the Marvel cinematic journey, Captain Marvel takes us back to a time before the Avengers where Carol Danvers or Vers (Larson) is the first intergalactic hero to meet Nick Fury (Jackson).
From the outset the Marvel formula is present, mixing humour and action with solid performances from an experienced cast.
Captain Marvel provides us with a reasonable popcorn movie, offering a hybrid mix of Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America – The First Avenger. Unfortunately while at times entertaining, the mix in styles results in a busy narrative that never allows solid character development in what should be an origin movie. Humour is delivered via the 90s earth location, with the majority of action delivered in space. This creates a confused film that never finds its stride, or provides you with any emotional attachment to its characters.
From the outset Captain Marvel feels like a filler movie for Avengers- End Game, rather than a new journey; It’s plot focused purely on making ‘End Game’ work. This is not dissimilar from 2018’s Ant Man and the Wasp, where there was an overwhelming feeling that the majority of the audience where there simply for the post credit scenes.
While there are elements of brilliance, mainly delivered though the on screen partnership between Larson and Jackson, you come away from Captain Marvel uninspired and underwhelmed.
Unlike 2017’s Wonder Woman it’s role in furthering female heroes on screen feels limited and uninspired. A wasted opportunity in the introduction of female lead heroes in the Marvel comic universe.
Captain Marvel is fun and humorous but lacks anything fresh or new in its delivery. As a filler film it does its job admirably, but as a stand-alone origin film it never truly leaves the starting blocks.