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Brie Larson Finally Debuts As Captain Marvel

Brie Larson soars higher, further and faster in Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel, now playing in theaters.

Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls but keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. When she crash lands on Earth in 1995, she gets help from Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls.

Marvel Studios kicks off their 2019 slate with Captain Marvel, making it the 21st film in the always growing Marvel Cinematic Universe, which also celebrated its 10th-anniversary last year. Captain Marvel has all the usual humor and action found in an MCU film and Larson’s strong performance gives it plenty of girl-powered moments.

Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck offer something new, and fresh making Captain Marvel feel different than any other MCU movie. The cinematography and overall tone of the film helps make it feel different but still maintains the MCU formula. Instead of using the usual chronological story about the events that made an ordinary person transform into a superhero, Captain Marvel debuts a character with extraordinary power and has her looking deep into her past in order to move forward. This helps the movie stand out more than the dozen other origin films.

However, its really Larson’s performance that is the key to Captain Marvel’s success and Brie is just brilliant, nailing the snarky, sometimes cocky, good-hearted hero that is Carol Danvers. Larson really shines when she shares screentime with Lashana Lynch as Maria, with both of them putting so much heart into their character’s friendship. But Larson is just fantastic no matter who she acting opposite from, whether its the mentor-mentee relationship with Jude Law’s character or the buddy cop wisecracks with Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury.

Overall, Captain Marvel is the must-see superhero movie right now. With Larson’s Carol Danvers set to become the new face of the MCU, her origin story becomes that much more integral to the franchise’s future. The action and visuals are spectacular, making it worth splurging for IMAX. And make sure to stay till after the credits to see what's in store for Avengers: Endgame.


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