‘Captain Marvel’ Review: Brie Larson Soars in This Action Comedy Thriller

‘Captain Marvel’ Review: Brie Larson Soars in This Action Comedy Thriller

‘Captain Marvel’ Review: Brie Larson Soars in This Action Comedy Thriller

"I mean I understand it's a little confusing with the time lapse, but like she uses good skincare - just don't worry about it". Brie Larson's Carol Danvers is going to make her debut in the upcoming Captain Marvel movie and later, she will join the rest of the Avengers in the most-awaited Endgame movie.

Captain Marvel, or someone like her, should have been leading the charge on Marvel's adventures for years.

Then again, what are the chances that a guy with opinions like the one below would ever walk willingly into a theater to see a superhero movie starring a woman?

She's set to storm the box office this weekend as the first woman to lead a superhero flick as Captain Marvel. This is when the skills of directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson, Mississippi Grind) really pop out from under the smothering fog of CGI and noise. Note to MCU writers: Just because a character is young, they don't have to be a smartass every single time they open their mouth.

So yeah ... we see you Marvel Studios.

If, like me, you're confused about how and when the originally male Captain Marvel became a woman, don't bother with the character's Wikipedia page, since it's written in the comics fan's equivalent of Sanskrit.

At the Los Angeles premiere of Captain Marvel, Larson revealed to PEOPLE the role had changed her life. 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.

Those not intimately acquainted with the comic books might find the film a bit slow to start - until Captain Marvel, sent to Earth to battle the Skrulls, crash-lands in a Blockbuster Video store. All she knows of herself at the outset is that she doesn't quite fit in with the Kree, given her penchant for cracking jokes and her tendency to act on intuition rather than steely logic. Everything she's been told is wrong! He went on to appear in many hit films including Pulp Fiction, Die Hard, and Shaft.

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Her first iteration as Captain Marvel was in 2005's House of M, though she only existed as the alias in a false reality created by Scarlet Witch. It's that pursuit that lands Vers firmly on Earth or C-53 as it's called here - where questions about her past and confusion in finding her identity are about to answered.

Captain Marvel is finally here.

One supposes it's a double-edged sword, critically speaking, to make so many choices that don't feel gender specific in a story that outwardly remains an outlier in terms of the quantity (and quality) of superhero films that are not focused on white men. To avoid spoilers, I won't say much more, but Mendelsohn's playful performance is a highlight.

There's also a wonderful cat named Goose that shows up part way through the movie and steals scenes and Fury's heart with its feline wiles. Larson and Jackson form an enjoyably salty buddy-cop pair, and much of the movie's humor comes out of their sharp banter, while also filling in some of Fury's well-cultivated mystery.

According to current tracking estimates, the Brie Larson-headlined superhero adventure is on course to open with $150 million in North America over the Friday-to-Sunday period, with a further $200 million from worldwide markets for a global opening weekend in the range of $350 million.

We'll just have to wait and see how numerous Marvel-verse mysteries are solved when Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel hits Aussie cinemas on March 7th.

As "Vers" spends time on her home planet, she recalls more of her past as an Air Force pilot, including a friendship with Maria "Photon" Rambeau (a tough, empathetic Lashana Lynch) and apprenticeship under Dr. Wendy Lawson, who's played by Annette Bening as the Supreme Intelligence the movie needs. It wasn't until after the movie that I noticed that four out of the five screenwriters are women, maybe a first for this genre.

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