She doesn't have the elegance and aura that Gal Gadot does in Wonder Woman, and her looks are rather plain too. But we'll get to that in a moment.
And Brie Larson was certainly feeling strong as she rocked a bold power suit on the way into Good Morning America on Wednesday in NY.
That's not to say that a movie about a woman can't be inspirational to boys and men.
"Sometimes it's just (that) it takes one person being like, 'Something seems weird, ' and people are like, 'Oh my gosh, you're right!" she said. Or the Uber driver who told me Black Panther was the most boring movie he'd ever seen - was he watching a documentary about literal black panthers?
There are also some issues with character motivation that would be hard to unpack without landing on Planet Spoiler; suffice to say if you have a BS detector (I believe the Marvel-approved term is Spidey sense), it may be quivering at some point. In a departure from other Marvel superhero films, Captain Marvel emphasizes the super over the hero. First, users swarmed Rotten Tomatoes in an attempt to decrease its score, leading to RT to disable user reviews prior to a movie's release. She isn't like Tom Holland when it comes to spilling secrets about the Marvel Cinematic Universe - but she does give us some very minuscule hints at what could happen with her character.
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But NDP MP Charlie Angus called the former senior cabinet minister's resignation "a watershed moment" for the Trudeau government. The woman continued to shout until the Liberal supporters around clapped and cheered to drown out her voice.
The trolls are counting on you to side with them.. Youth are excited about it and they want this kind of films.
Initially, I wasn't convinced that Larson could pull off the action hero bit.
While speaking recently to Entertainment Tonight about the sound and fury Carol's bringing to the MCU, Samuel L. Jackson explained how Captain Marvel establishes just what its hero's powers are so that audiences will understand how it is that she's able to fight Thanos. It would also put Carol Danvers' big screen debut ahead of the likes of Deadpool ($300.4 million), Justice League ($278.8 million) and Wonder Woman ($228.3 million). And while Captain Marvel is not the most accomplished film in the family, its tonal differences play to its favor, and it includes enough MCU housekeeping to make it a near canonical must-see for hardcore fans of the series.
It also takes its girl-power theme more low-key for granted than you might expect, though its selection of 1990's rock tunes by mostly female lead singers is clever if also a little obvious. A warrior without a life, all we know about her is that she tends to let her emotions override her focus, which we are told again and again (and again) is a liability. Jackson's clearly having fun as well, and while he's been brilliantly de-aged to look decades younger he does good work pairing that visual youth with a more casual, less embittered Fury than we typically see. So are a lot of other Avengers, but they didn't set themselves up to deliver more.
The truth is, this flawed but still entertaining film's chief asset is its representation of a young woman who has spent her life following orders but is now finally crafting an identity of her own in a shifting moral landscape.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the directing duo's capability for establishing fundamentally real relationships between characters who have just met (think Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn in Mississippi Grind) truly shines with Captain Marvel's ensemble.