Captain Marvel tracking $350 million global opening

'Captain Marvel' is an aimless superhero slog

‘Captain Marvel’ review: Marvelously fun film introduces a tough, smart superhero

Has it really been 10 years and 20 movies? And in spite of what some dark, hairy corners of the internet would have you believe, she's awesome. On the way to unlocking the unstoppable power of Captain Marvel, you realize the MCU throws a curve when you're looking for a fastball.

"She's one of the few people in the Marvel universe that can time travel, so". At twenty-two, she was fast-tracked into advanced operations training, sent from Langley to "the Farm", where she lived for six months in a simulated world learning how to use a Glock, how to get out of flexicuffs while locked in the trunk of a auto, how to withstand torture, and the best ways to commit suicide in case of captivity. A cat named Goose that manages to find Nick Fury's soft spot is a treat. Vers teams up fairly early on with Agent Fury (an eerily convincingly de-aged Samuel L. Jackson) and the two have an odd couple rapport that supports long stretches of the film. It is, to be honest, nearly too much for a single review to cover, and more than any one film should be forced to stand for.

Perhaps most unrealistic of all, however-at least according to one conservative columnist-is the idea that a woman could ever triumph over a man in a feat of strength.

In fact, it was Captain Marvel co-star Samuel L. Jackson who got fans buzzing, when he made the comment that Carol Danvers can time travel - a power that would be a major game-changer for Avengers: Endgame. In the movie-the first of three in the moneymaking behemoth known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be released this year-the assessment is based on no real evidence, which also generally the case in real life. Both even include a scene of someone being tossed across a room into a jukebox.

Captain Marvel arrives in cinemas later this week on a wave of positive reviews, impressive pre-sales and promising opening weekend projections, but as you've likely noticed, the film has also seen its share of online backlash, including multiple videos from former DC Comics artist Ethan Van Sciver decrying the project as a "disgrace".

'Captain Marvel' is an aimless superhero slog
'Captain Marvel' flies into Marvel's elevated expectations

Admittedly, she is not well-served by the silly space-opera screenplay (by Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck and Geneva Robertson-Dworet), which can't decide if Danvers is a haunted sexism survivor or a grinningly detached smart-ss. The last third of the film devolves into a series of battles between Captain Marvel and her enemies, but also apparently between the film's editor and cinematographer (visually, these scenes are nearly incoherent), and between the directors and the studio.

Boden, 39, and Fleck, 42, have been writing and directing independent films, such as 2006's Half Nelson and 2015's Mississippi Grind, as a duo for more than a decade, and were in town to promote their first blockbuster. They're worth checking out - just as you couldn't go wrong with any of the indie back catalogue of Ragnarok director Taika Waititi - but neither one features a character who can shoot photon blasts from her hands.

This is, after all, a Marvel film, where "character" and "personality" are cobbled together from varying levels of snark, earnestness, stoicism, and nobility; where the only civilians who show up will eventually turn out to be instrumental in the final battle; where personal details exist to form the convenient spine for a lesson to be learned in the final act. But Captain Marvel takes it all in stride, aided by some fine comrades.

On the flip side, Carol's dynamic with her human friend, Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), provides the emotional core. When the pace of "Captain Marvel" feels a little slow, with much of the movie devoted to the main character discovering a past she can't remember, Jackson is there with much-needed MCU flare. Magnanimity may be a trait of superheroes, but it's one audiences will need to embody themselves if they're to truly enjoy this latest chapter.

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