It's 'Captain Marvel' vs. the trolls on Rotten Tomatoes

Posted March 09, 2019

Captain Marvel is in many ways a paean to empathy and intuition, qualities commonly associated with women but beneficial to anyone willing to tap into themselves. "Carol [Danvers, her character] changed my life and the movie hasn't even come out yet".

The 21st installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, "Captain Marvel" is the first to center on a female protagonist, with Oscar victor Brie Larson ("Room") delightfully portraying Carol Danvers, the Air Force pilot who gets caught up in an intergalactic war. Brie was quizzed about how she felt on all the superheroes coming together in Avengers: Endgame. In the case of Captain Marvel, this toxic segment of superhero fandom is specifically angry with Brie Larson for advocating for feminist causes offscreen and for, well, not giving a crap about what the trolls say. Ugh, FINE. I'll say it. Rocket inquires as to who hasn't been to space before, to which Rogers, Natasha and Rhodey raise their hands. She then vomits out the Tesseract on Fury's desk.

I've really enjoyed my Bruce Bannerses and Steve Rogerses, but I liked my Carol Danvers even more. She won't be defined by any guy.

It's not necessarily their best origin film to date, but it was one of the most enjoyable rides I had with an MCU movie. The point is expressed by the cool-kid daughter of a single mom/jet pilot, who tells her mother that she'll set a better example if she takes on a unsafe mission (and risks leaving her an orphan) than if she stays home and watches Fresh Prince with her kid. He also plays with a cat named Goose, who has a strategic role in the plot.

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It's a bond that feels fresh in a film genre that hasn't always passed the Bechdel test (which measures whether two female characters in a movie have a conversation about something other than a man). We're not exactly sure how long post-Infinity War, but we have to assume it's relatively soon thanks to the presence of Steve's beard (while Cap was fully bearded when Infinity War ended, he's been clean shaved in both Endgame trailers so far).

In the comics, Mar-Vell was the original Captain Marvel. Agent Nick Fury, Carol has relationships "with a younger girl she can inspire, and an older mentor figure that inspires her".

That's all we have for the time being.

That sentiment was certainly intentional, according to Anna Boden, who co-wrote the film with Ryan Fleck. For six years she has lived on the planet Hala as a Kree warrior named Vers, fighting green aliens called Skrulls across the universe, with only flashes of memories that point to who she might have been before: a scrappy child disparaged by her father, an unshrinking fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, and a devoted friend of other valorous women. So that's how Captain Marvel arrives on Earth-one major question down, about a million more to go.

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Well, now she's given feminists everywhere a spectacular new pin-up, as a jet-heeled superhero with fists that can thump practically any man into the middle of next week.

Or perhaps there's a woman out there for Carol. This is compared to the $11 million Wonder Woman made in 2016, and that film went on to take in $103 million in its opening weekend.

I think the answer is no.

Could there be a same-sex couple in the MCU? "I said [Captain Marvel] could time travel one time".

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