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REVIEW: Captain Marvel boosts girl power to the max

Wait! Don’t click out of this page! This is not a spoiler-y review of Captain Marvel. We just want to give you more reasons to watch this superhero flick, in case you haven’t yet.


Fun fact: I’ve watched Captain Marvel twice already, and I still want to see it again.


It’s been a long time coming for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to finally have its first female-led movie. And what better way to kick it off than with Brie Larson as Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel.


For some of you who aren’t familiar with the titular heroine, she’s a former US Air Force pilot turned soldier for an alien race–the Kree. At that time, the Kree were fighting a major war against another alien race called the Skrull. Living in Hala, somewhere on a planet beyond Earth, Carol was christened as Vers. As she leads a new life, Carol lost all of her memories from before it all started.


Soon enough, the alien war reaches Earth. Here, we meet familiar faces who get to help Vers remember her life as Carol Danvers. You’ve probably seen the trailer already, so it’s no spoiler when I say a younger Nick Fury ( Samuel L. Jackson) gives Carol a hand in fighting off bad guys.


Also there’s a cat in the movie, named Goose, that I know everybody’s going to love. So watch for that.


And like with all Marvel movies, you should stick around after the main film is done to catch two after-credits scenes. The first one will knock your socks off.


Taking the MCU higher, further, faster

Captain Marvel will give you the feel of the older MCU films like Iron Man and Guardians of the Galaxy, while still giving the wittiness of the newer ones like Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok. It’s a mix of color–especially since the film is set in the ’90s, and we are all living for that nostalgia vibe (even millennials love this aesthetic).


Everyone has set a high expectation on the MCU’s first standalone heroine film, and it did not disappoint. Truly, Carol Danvers ignited the fire of women empowerment for many, including myself. I found myself screaming “YAAASSS QUEEN!” silently in the cinema numerous times as I watched.


I love how Carol Danvers embodies endurance. Although it’s a trait we see mostly in male superheroes like Captain America and Spider-Man, Captain Marvel did not shy away from showing how she always gets up on her feet no matter how many times she got knocked down.


In addition, the movie will also show you how powerful (or even too overpowered?) Captain Marvel is. Her powers, aside from endurance, include superhuman strength, stamina, and physical durability. Oh, and did I mention her fists have photon blasters? Thanos will definitely have something to worry about come Avengers: Endgame.


“I don’t have anything to prove to you,” is my favorite line from the movie as it certainly inspires power. It’s about time the MCU gave young girls (and even boys) a heroine to look up to. This movie’s timing is more than perfect since it’s women’s month.


Before everyone starts comparing Captain Marvel to DC’s Wonder Woman, know this: both movies show that women can don the cape and tights just as good as men can. Remember, you can love both films no matter what critics say.


Words Ayie Licsi

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