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How 'Captain Marvel' nails ’90s nostalgia in a Blockbuster video store

Marvel Studios&apos CAPTAIN MARVEL Chuck Zlotnick Marvel Studios Brie Larson stars in “Captain Marvel.”
Angelica Greene | 08 March, 2019, 04:41

Captain Marvel packages this dilemma in a stylish, thoughtful and amusing superhero movie that's a twist on the usual origin story formula. All she needs is the classic bellhop hat. Its clunky first act plops audiences on Carol's personal journey as she traverses through space with the Kree army that took her in.

In a noisy prologue we are introduced to the extraterrestrial Kree Empire, a noble warrior caste locked in combat with their fearsome, shapeshifting foe, the Skrull.

The tone lightens temporarily when Vers's mission takes her crashing to Earth, straight into 1995 and through the roof of a Blockbuster video store, a source of cheap nostalgic laughs. Larson's got what it takes to sing, but does her Captain Marvel co-star Samuel L. Jackson have what it takes? In other Marvel movies, Fury is the guy with the eye patch who calls together the usual Avengers. Jackson's scenes as the sceptical Fury are highlights of the film, adding a touch of playfulness.

She'll also cross paths with a cat, who's a surprise package.

Jackson's witty scenes are a relief from the spectacle of fiery explosions and unexceptional action. She leaps onto the top of a train. It's the first volume of the run where longtime hero Carol Danvers adopted the name her late friend Mar-Vell used during his days as a superhero and donned the now-iconic blue, red and gold costume designed by Jamie McKelvie. It's especially fun to have a young Nick Fury along for the ride, as "Captain Marvel" also becomes a bit of an origin story for the future Avengers leader. In Pursuit of Flight tells a story about regret, self-determination, self-perception and the ways in which others perceive us by way of a time traveling-plane, WWII-era Japanese UFOs that can combine into a giant laser cannon, the vast difference between the cadences of dialogue in comics from the 1970s and comics from the 2010s and a climax that is built on a one-on-one battle/race between Captain Marvel and her mentor/friend/rival Helen Cobb to the earlier-mentioned airplane time machine.

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Relatable Larson may well thankfully remain, but her latest project is sure to catapult her into another stratosphere of stardom. There's a great meta-moment when a random guy tells Vers to smile, echoing a line that internet trolls have thrown at Larson herself. (It gets blasted when Captain Marvel mistakes the cut-out for a real person.) The filmmakers wanted to use one from Jim Carrey's "The Mask", but couldn't get permission from the studio.

The film's cast also includes Ben Mendelsohn, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Djimon Hounsou and Lee Pace.

Boden and Fleck are low-key American neorealists, and in Captain Marvel they barely retain a vestige of their signature style. "Women in the military are being represented, single mothers are being represented". Check out the full episode on Apple TV, and see Captain Marvel in theaters. It is common practice for Marvel and Disney to announce films several years before release, but the long wait for a female-led film has angered some fans.

The basic premise of Captain Marvel - a gifted figure from a distant galactic sphere lands in Los Angeles - carries echoes of Thor, Superman, and many a past Spandex saga.

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