Just three years after winning an Oscar for Room, the actress, 29, is making history playing the first female superhero to lead a Marvel movie - a job that she took seriously and completely transformed how she thinks about her personal strength. Captain Marvel could have settled for being just that, a superhero movie headlined by a woman, but it instead folds that theme into its hero's narrative and character arc as a message of empowerment. Larson transforms this beloved superhero into a fascinating and fully-formed character, breathing life into her iconic image, with humor, complexity, and genuine emotion.
Brie Larson plays Vers (pronounced "Veers"), a member of an elite Kree military unit called Starforce whose goal is to hunt down Skrulls and prevent them from invading peaceful planets across the galaxy. Never heard of her? "But to me, it would have done that character a disservice, to meet her fully formed, in a costume and part of the Avengers already when 99% of the audience would go, 'Who is that?' It's just not the way we've done it before", explained Feige in an earlier interview, via Screenrant.
We'd imagine you'd learn all sorts of things if you were cast as a Marvel superhero. Yes, she crash-lands in a Blockbuster (and destroys the poster image of a certain action star, indicating that a new breed of action star has arrived), and has an "alien" moment before she pretty quickly figures out how to handle herself in this odd environment. When we're introduced to the aggressive, acerbic Carol - known only as Vers by her Kree teammates - she's a Kree warrior who arrived on the alien race's home planet of Hala six years ago with no memory and more power than she can control. We've seen "de-aging" technology before, e.g., Michael Douglas in "Ant-Man", Kurt Russell in "Guardians Vol. 2" and Robert Downey Jr.in "Captain America: Civil War", but the magic reaches new levels here. But Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, (those two also co-directed the film) and Geneva Robertson-Dworet keep the exposition tight and the quips strong and smart. The answers eventually pile up, and the film's weight finally begins to reveal itself. The servicewomen and men from the military! The film's not subtle about its pro-woman stance, but it delivers both satisfying beats and laughs on the topic without ever feeling antagonistic.
The wearing of flannel, the use of the Alta Vista search engine and much bopping to Garbage and Hole all place the story in the 1990s - 1995, to be exact - but confusion about identity is timeless. Unfortunately, they're mostly with characters not named Carol. Sure she discovers truths along the way, but she's the same snarky, self-satisfied fighter at the end as she is at the beginning - albeit with a little more pep in her step. It's a real treat to see Carol Danvers find her footing and her wings, so to speak, while at the same time Nick Fury is taking the first steps toward becoming NICK FURY.
When the Kree vs. Skrull war comes to Earth in the person of Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), the leader of the Skrull Earth invasion force, all chaos breaks out.
Boden added: "Yes, there are a lot more voices, but thank goodness (for that)". Carol Danvers drives fast because her Air Force co-pilot and best friend Maria Rambeau says she drives fast.
There's fun to be had here with the banter and physical interactions, but the film stumbles with its fight/action sequences.
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In addition to starring in the Marvel film "Captain Marvel", which premieres this Friday, Larson has also signed on to star in and executive produce a drama series that has scored a straight-to-series commitment at Apple. "It was really emotional".
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