There seem to be two opinions about Captain Marvel floating around. #1 is that it was a pretty good movie that felt a lot like 2008’s Iron Man, and #2 is that it didn’t feel as empowering as you might have been expecting. I want to talk about both of these briefly.
In reference to opinion #2, I should preface this entire blog by plainly stating and I am male. I know, surprise. I should also preface that all of the reviewers I listen to are also male, which is more a symptom of me not listening to many reviewers than anything else. Just keep that in mind, as you read.
You should also note that this post, while it may not contain spoilers, was manufactured in a facility where spoilers are processed. As such, consider this a spoiler warning. Below this line, I make no guarantees
Before we dive in: I recommend you watch this movie. It’s good fun.
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We’ll start with opinion #1, that way you need to read the whole blog to see if I make an ass of myself.
The comparisons to Iron Man are apt. The movie is contained. It’s an origin, so to speak. It follows a sharp, witty lead. Captain Marvel’s superpowers, when you dig into them, are pretty Iron Man-esque. Even much of the plot with Jude Law’s character (who’s name I forget and I don’t care to look up, in hopes he doesn’t appear in Avengers: Endgame) being the bad guy mirrored Tony Stark’s mentor in his origin.
Was this a bad thing? No. Iron Man was a great movie, and so was Captain Marvel. Really, the comparisons to Iron Man are mostly concentrated in feelings about style, it seems. Captain Marvel, besides the end, wasn’t as glitzy as the new Marvel movies, it was a little more drab, like Iron Man. It felt contained because it was contained. What happens in the 90’s in the Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn’t really matter as far as any other movies are concerned. On the whole, it was simple. It was refreshing, in a way, because of that. This was a story with a beginning, middle, and end, and with only one-to-two characters quipping throughout. It was a much needed break between two Infinity Wars.
Onto opinion #2. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t watch much entertainment news. I get my world events on the weekend from magazines (I know, let’s not get into that) and so I don’t delve into the entertainment section much. I do listen to a couple of movie podcasts, however, and most of them asked the question: was this an empowering movie. My question in response is: was it supposed to be?
Sure Wonder Woman was billed as the superhero for women (finally), but Captain Marvel was very consistently marketed simply as Captain Marvel, the movie that ties together the Marvel Cinematic Universe before they go into the next phase. Sure, it had a female lead, but in many ways it felt to me like it was supposed to just be a movie.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter though, does it? Regardless of the content, and sure there were some things to be desired in the equality department, the movie is valuable for the fact that it exists, isn’t it? It’s a mainstream movie where a woman plays the lead, and the content would have probably been identical if it were a man. It seems like that’s the point.
It was a great movie. Let’s have more like it. But, the next one should be less predictable, ideally. Fair?