Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel

TIME OUT SAYS

Being the first Marvel movie with a female lead character means Captain Marvel is going to have plenty of eyes on it. But considering the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is hardly a cult concern, we’re sure it was always going to rake in plenty of cash at the box office.

Set in 1995, so before the events Iron Man, which was the first the instalment in the now wildly popular franchise, it introduces us to Carol
Danvers (Brie Larson, winner of the Best Actress Oscar for Room in 2015).

As well as being the first primary female superhero, she’s also the most powerful Marvel character in the series, and this is pretty much her origin story.

Other familiar faces from the MCU come along for the ride, including Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), here as young(er) S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives. While Jude Law and Ben Mendelsohn also star, on opposing sides of the Kree-Skrull war.

With a bit of ground to make up on DC (Wonder Woman was a smash, and praised for its female characters and director), early gossip about
Larsen’s Captain Marvel says the character is a vocal feminist. We’re looking forward to see how she fits into the male-heavy universe.

Depending on which trailer you watch, you’ll have different views on how the movie is going to play out. Some are action-heavy, with the now tried-and-tested training scenes as Danvers is mentored by Law’s Walter Lawson, and lots of laser and blaster fights.

Other clips show a funny side to the movie, and while it’s unlikely we’re looking at another Thor: Ragnarok, the now-expected side order of humour should be present.

But what is the story actually about? Well, in the original comic books, Danvers is a US Air Force pilot who gets powerful abilities when an explosion fuses her DNA with an alien species. She uses those powers and knowledge to help out when a war begins between two different groups of aliens. Of course, this all ties in to the overall thematic arc of the Avengers movies, so there’ll be lots of nods to the characters and storylines from those. This is going to be big. Paul Clifford

WHAT IS IT...
Marvel’s first female-led superhero-movie

WHY GO...
It looks awesome

DIRECTOR
Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

RELEASE DATE
March 7 (PG13)

10 Mar 2019

DETAILS

Captain Marvel
Release DateMarch 07, 2019
DirectorAnna Boden, Ryan Fleck
CastingBrie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn
Film Category Adventure