First let me say that this will be a spoiler-free review.
I was lucky enough to be invited to the European premier of Captain Marvel in London on February 27, 2019. I thought it was the movie that Marvel needed as it intends to add more diverse lead characters. It was a great follow up to the Black Panther film. As a kid that grew up in the 90s I thoroughly enjoyed all the 90’s feels that the film provided. Who didn’t spend their weekend going to Blockbuster and renting movies and video games in the 90s? I almost went every Friday with my cousin. The film does a great job at capturing the 90s vibes. Brie Larson is a total bad-ass in Captain Marvel and really is a strong female character helps bring further diversity in super hero movies. Brie has faced a lot of controversy after stating she wanted more diversity in Hollywood. What is controversial about that? Honestly we have enough white male lead super hero films. Quote me on that. It is time to tell some other interesting stories that will inspire people that identify with those characters. I can’t tell you how much the Black Panther film meant to me. I think that this film will do the same for women. Brie Larson was not the only strong female in this movie. Lashana Lynch who played Captain Marvel’s best friend was was one of the strongest characters in the movie. I found it refreshing that the movie didn’t depend on some romantic relationship with a male and instead focused on the bond between two strong women that supported each other. There was a time when being a female meant you couldn’t work, you couldn’t vote or be a leader. Imagine being told you cant be a fighter pilot because you are woman. It is nice to see a female super hero in the MCU that will also be a major piece of the MCU moving forward as Brie Larson has a picture deal with Marvel that may include up to 7 movies.
I thought Brie brought this joy to the film after she discovered just how powerful she was and I thoroughly enjoyed this. The story itself is great and they switched it up a bit from the comics which was actually refreshing. Carol Danvers journey to discover who she really is was done really well. I don’t care if you like cats or not. Goose the cat will captivate you and make you fall in love with him just like Nick Fury did in the film. Speaking of Nick Fury, Samuel Jackson killed it again in this movie and I will never get enough of him in the MCU. Also I suspected how Nick Fury lost his eye in the film and I was right! If you want to know how he lost it then you need to see the film. Just because Captain Marvel is here to uplift females does not mean it is not a movie for everyone. We will win by lifting everyone up. There are already smear campaigns that are planning to give bad reviews on the film because of this and Rotten Tomatoes had to change the way reviews are done to combat this. I think that Captain Marvel will be a smash at the box office.
At the premiere I was able to meet some of cast and a Marvel Producer. Brie was especially nice. While the press was wanting to interview her she saw us cosplaying as Kree Starforce and she came to speak with us and took photos with us. I wasn’t even going to ask her for a selfie but as the press were calling her name she said just wait a minute and asked me if I wanted one. I wasn’t going to turn that opportunity down. She is such a class act. Jude Law was also a class act and came over to speak with us and take pictures with us on the blue carpet. It was also a pleasure to geek out with Marvel producer Victoria Alonso who has been a part of the Marvel production team since Iron Man. She complimented us on our costumes and was impressed as someone who helped design the costumes.
Lastly the post credits for this film will have you ready to see Infinity War. I tried my best to give a spoiler free review.