Captain Marvel: That's how Brie Larson strikes herself as a superheroine
DC made a real theatrical success in 2017 with "Wonder Woman". Over $ 820 million (about 720 million euros), the strip with Gal Gadot (33, "Justice League") in the leading role worldwide. A clear sign that female superheroes are in demand. Competitor Marvel lays down now. Oscar winner Brie Larson (29, "Raum") plays the role of eponymous, female superheroine in "Captain Marvel", which will be released in German cinemas on 7 March. A premiere for the successful film studio.
The strip was set in the 1990s, before the previous Marvel strips, such as "Iron Man", "Thor" or "Avengers: Infinity War", at a time when the future SHIELD boss Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) has no idea of the existence of superheroes. How does Brie Larson fit into the superhero squad? Can she convince as Captain Marvel? Is believing resolved where she has been hanging around in all that time? And how does the balancing act succeed to "Avengers: Endgame"? We have the answers.
The story of "Captain Marvel"
Playing back the plot of "Captain Marvel" without revealing spoilers is not really easy. Because even a small detail could diminish the cinema experience. So much is to be revealed: The film explains how Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) has come to her powers. It also explains why it has not appeared so far. Two post-credit scenes also turn the corner to "Avengers: Endgame", which will be released on April 25 th. In addition, the plot has some twists ready. Who is friend, who is enemy? Carol Danvers is more than a surprise.
Brie Larson mixes up the Marvel Universe
"Captain Marvel" ignites slowly. In the first 15 to 20 minutes, the spark does not want to skip right away. This is not due to a bad implementation or the actors, but to the somewhat confusing enlightenment that leads to the origin of the story. It quickly becomes clear that this is a slightly different superhero stiffener, but no less convincing than its predecessors. On the contrary. It's full of action, cool stunts and a superheroine, with villain Thanos (Josh Brolin) to watch out for.
An advantage for superhero fans who do not want to know and see all the previous Marvel stripes: you can enjoy "Captain Marvel" without any prior knowledge. It might be that you can classify a few swipes better, if you are familiar with the other films, but nobody should bother. The strength of the film lies in the ensemble and the quite original story. Yes, aliens land on Earth and Captain Marvel walks in. But not everything is as it seems to be at the beginning.
Brie Larson convinces all along the line. She is cheeky, stubborn, witty and gloriously unpretentious, with a back story that additionally touches. Who is one without memories and without a past? This will confront Carol Danvers. Her whole world turns upside down when she has to get between the chairs and balance between friend and foe. But she does not let go and stands by her principles. Watching a woman overshadowing everyone else is a source of great joy.
The chemistry between Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson (70) could not be better. Their verbal exchanges make for more than a laugh. Nick Fury has never experienced such fun. Above all, he still has both eyes - that too will be cleared up. As a rejuvenated version of his character Jackson makes a good figure and who would have thought that Fury is such a cat fan? Goose, the hairy four-legged friend, steals the show more than once.
The cast also features Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Annette Bening and Lashana Lynch. Lashana Lynch (31) not only proves her skills as a pilot, but also a perfect match for Larson. Jude Law (46, "Fantastic Beasts: Grindelwald's Crime") clearly enjoys his obscure role, while Ben Mendelsohn (49, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story") gives his character Talos an unusually high level of depth. Aliens can laugh at themselves, who would have thought that?
"Captain Marvel" puts the viewer back in the 1990s, and the movie also delivers the right soundtrack. There comes true nostalgia. While one or the other explanation of burning Marvel issues may make you smile, it does not detract from the movie experience or the rest of the Marvel Universe. It feels more like the missing piece of the puzzle has finally been found. The strip lives up to its predecessors as well as its female superheroine.
Brie Larson is the born superheroine.Hopefully you will see them in action many more times. "Captain Marvel" does not seem like a classic superhero strip in Marvel history, but that's what makes him so good. The movie brings a breath of fresh air and makes for a lot of fun. Fans should definitely stay seated until the end of the credits, so as not to miss the decisive hint on "Anvengers: Endgame" ...