Updated: Aug 30, 2019
Taking place in the mid 90's, we follow a Kree Warrior named Vers, who is tracking down a shape shifting alien called a Skrull. Along this journey, she learns who she truly is as both a human and a hero, Captain Marvel.
I didn't have very high expectations for this movie coming off of the back of Infinity War and wasn't sure where Captain Marvel was going to fit into the grand scheme of things. But, both directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck did a great job at grounding this new character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and bringing new light to already existing things as well. Brie Larson plays the heroine Captain Marvel, and I felt she was a little underwhelming and gave a mediocre performance. I had high hopes for her after seeing her in Kong: Skull Island, but she felt very flat. Samuel L. Jackson was charming as always, coming back as the beloved Nick Fury. Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, and Lashana Lynch were also great as well.
The First Act of the film had some pacing issues, but gained its footing coming into the Second Act. The VFX and CGI was astonishing throughout, also de-aging Samuel L. Jackson looked incredible and was convincing in its entirety. One key highlight was Goose, the cat. I'm no cat person in the slightest, but I fell in love with Goose. Stole the show!
I have to mention the Stan Lee cameo. After the passing of the Marvel creator, this movie started with a great tribute to him and thanking him for the incredible world that he created. It was a real tear jerker moment and everyone in the theater cheered and applauded when he came on the screen. He will be forever missed.
As far as Marvel Origin Stories go, this was to me on the lower tier and didn't feel very impactful in the Universe that we already have established. It did set up nicely for Avengers: Endgame and I am sure Captain Marvel will shine in that. Also, before going into the theater, I read some reviews that it had, "A strong feminist message" throughout, but I didn't feel that at all. It was a movie with a female lead becoming a powerful hero. Plain and simple. Overall, it was a fun ride. If you have any interest in seeing this, I'd say go give it a watch and for those who want to know if they need to watch this before Avengers: Endgame, just look up the end credit scenes, that all you need to know.
I'll give Captain Marvel a 3/5.