‘Captain Marvel’ Smashes at Box Offices

Anna Farrar, News Editor

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“Captain Marvel,” Marvel’s first female-led superhero movie, premiered No. 1 at the box office opening weekend, grossing $455 million globally. The premiere continues the trend of high-grossing Marvel movies; “Captain Marvel” was Marvel’s twenty-first film to debut at No. 1.

After terrible female-led superhero movies like “Elektra” and “Catwoman,” the success of “Captain Marvel” proves that a female superhero can hold its own in the box office. But “Captain Marvel” doesn’t fall into the trap of overdoing the female aspect. It felt nice to see representation— and not just make a female-led movie to appear nondiscriminatory.

Though a groundbreaking and at times entertaining film, “Captain Marvel” was far from perfect. As a viewer, it seems like after the success of comedy “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Marvel has tried to make every protagonist a comedy genius. Carol, played by Brie Larson, would throw in some Spiderman-like quips while fighting, which either were entertaining or fell flat.

Though Larson played her part well, the other characters made the film enjoyable. Samuel L. Jackson finally had a role in a Marvel movie that lasted longer than two scenes. (And de-aged Nick Fury actually worked.) Annette Bening, who should have had more screen time, played Mar-Vell, a Kree scientist undercover on Earth. And yes, every time they said Mar-Vell, everyone in the theater groaned collectively.

The film itself felt dragged out. “Captain Marvel” has run time of 2 hours and 5 minutes which probably could have been 90. The movie picked up when we saw the familiar setting of America, which made the confusing world of space aliens, Krees and Skrulls feel a little more understandable.

Many of the lines were dry and contrived. With a movie as crazy as this one, it felt as though Larson and the supporting characters could have loosened up more with their characters. With a weird octopus-mouth cat and aliens with obviously-Earth accents and green Ben Mendelsohn wearing a grey hoodie, every scene seemed to have something more absurd as the film continued.

As it continues to be the No. 1 movie in America, “Captain Marvel” has set up the scene for “Avengers: End Game,” which will be released in April. Hopefully this film will open avenues for other female superheroes, including Black Widow, the most prominent female Avenger. But first, Carol will have to save them from Thanos.

 

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‘Captain Marvel’ Smashes at Box Offices