Captain Marvel blasts away the audience


Griffin Parker, Staff Writer

Walking into the movie theater, I was expecting the typical superhero movie: the good guy (or girl) trains to defeat a bad guy, teams up with friends and new allies, and defeats the bad guy once and for all.

I am glad to say that I was completely wrong.

In fact, every part of my statement was incorrect. The hero doesn’t train a lot, doesn’t really get help from friends or allies — with the exception of Maria Rambo (Lashana Lynch) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson —  and we don’t even know if she kills the bad guys.

The biggest surprise, however was the statement that really popped out during the film, which is that even if you think you are on the right side of a conflict, chances are you’re wrong. This is a common theme that appears in this genre of shows and movies, from Star Wars: Force Awakens, with Finn changing sides, to Man Against Fire, an episode of the popular Netflix show Black Mirror, in which a super-soldier, trained to kill a group of people with a genetic disorder, decides that these people are just people, so he stops killing them.

This theme is quite prominent, as Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), the main character, is essentially forced to kill Skrulls, a race of aliens that can shapeshift. Carol is part of the Kree race, a group of hyper-intelligent aliens that have superpowers.

On Hala, the Kree planet, Kree children are taught that Skrulls are evil monsters that only want to kill Kree and overthrow the Kree government, which couldn’t be further from the truth. The film definitely plays into this idea for the majority of the movie.

If you came to this article seeking an answer to the presence of the political statements made by the movie, then here it is:

It is there.

The political statement critics mention about acceptance is 100 percent present.  The movie basically says “Here! This is about acceptance and understanding and realization!” and everyone is like “Ok. Why?”

Well, the answer to that question is this: because the directors wanted it to be. There is no reason other than because the directors felt that they wanted to make a statement, so they made it.

There are also theories that the movie as a whole is feminist, which could be because six of the seven writers for the movie are women. However, I don’t see the feminist side of the movie. The movie would have the same effect if Captain Marvel was male, transgender, genderfluid, or whatever. There is no basis behind the whole feminism argument, other than the fact that two of the three protagonists are female.

Remember, this is just my opinion. Yours may be different, but I guess you’ll have to see the movie to find out.

I give it an 8.5/10. There are some awesome fight scenes, and there is a good amount of character development, but for a couple of minutes, it gets a little dry.