Brie Larson: Captain Marvel could be 'biggest feminist movie of all time'

Posted March 06, 2019

The real fun begins when Vers arrives on Earth.

Fury and Danvers team up to figure out what the Skrulls what with technology on Earth.

On her first mission, Vers is captured by the Skrulls. But because Captain Marvel's own life is The Big Mystery, we don't get to know these two and their friendship as well as I'd have liked.

Brie Larson made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night (March 4) and talked all about the training she had to do for the title role in Captain Marvel!

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Warning: The online trolls who wanted Brie Larson to smile more in the "Captain Marvel" trailers last fall may experience some discomfort. Oscar-winning actor Brie Larson plays the titular role of Carol Danvers, a US Air Force pilot who goes on to become the universe's most powerful hero. He's intimidating, has cool shape changing power, and is a visually impressive character. I think this goes without saying.

CAT! CAT! I can't write about Captain Marvel and not mention Goose. His roughshod, Australian-accented Talos is an unexpected source of great comedy and heart, and a scene-stealer for every minute he's onscreen. "I've done a lot of (the stunts) and you'll be able to see that".

Captain Marvel was part of the Ultimates, a mini-series about superheroes preventing cosmic threats (they transform the planet-eating Galactus into a golden fertility god), and became the "boss of space", taking up residence with Canadian supergroup Alpha Flight on the Alpha Flight Space Station.

Larson and Jackson have terrific buddy-movie chemistry, whether they're giving each other grief or covering each other's behinds. He's younger, naïve, and less battle tired.

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The film has now officially screened for critics (our own reviews are forthcoming, but Nick Doll seems to be quite enthusiastic about the movie), and with that, the first reviews are starting to officially roll in. But on the other hand, the film's soundtrack could be a bit of a weakness. You'll completely forget that this isn't how Samuel L. Jackson looks in 2019. It's a pale imitation of the more dynamic musically-driven battle sequences in Guardians of the Galaxy or Thor: Ragnarok. There are twists and turns, and the credits scenes reveal a lot. Together, the duo lend some familiar faces to the film.

Despite some very minor issues, Captain Marvel is an absolute blast from start to finish. This is evident in the script, co-written with Geneva Robertson-Dworet ("Tomb Raider"), which builds up the action-adventure stakes while also focusing in on Vers' struggle to understand herself. But you haven't seen her. In Wonder Woman, by comparison, Diana's gender and her upbringing are instrumental to her and to us in terms of understanding the fierce, disciplined, compassionate worldview that drives her heroism; Captain Marvel's Carol is a wry, rule-breaking individualist with unique skills, strong ambitions and a broken-home background - the stuff of dozens of male heroes, including some of the protagonists from films like Top Gun that exert a palpable influence over the film's story and tone.

There is always pure pleasure in seeing Clark Greg as Phil Coulson and Maria Rambeau is engaging, warm and the audience's way into the movie as Carol's former best friend Maria Rambeau. "I feel like that might be it". "It can be a bit on-the-nose at times, and occasionally has to fast-track its exposition in ways that can feel slightly clunky, but what it lacks in grace it makes up for in charm".

I came away from watching "Captain Marvel" with a similar feeling as I did with "Black Panther". There's a mid-movie shifting of alliances, and a homeless-refugee subplot (at one point, a despotic ruler declares that the enemy will "threaten our borders no more!") destined to trigger cries of Social Justice Warrior Syndrome from certain basement-level quarters.

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