Marvel finally has released a movie with a female lead. While there are some great female superheroes, they chose to go with Captain Marvel, which seems to have been a good decision.
Captain Marvel has more in common with Guardians of the Galaxy than many of the other Marvel movies. In some ways it is closer to a science fiction movie than a superhero movie.
It follows the story of a woman named Vers who is a Kree warrior with special powers. The Kree are at war with the Skrulls, a race that can shape-change. Vers and some other Kree go on a mission which leads to more questions than answers. Vers has no memory of her past but the Skrulls awaken some glimpses.
Vers escapes and finds herself on Earth in 1995. I need to say that I feel old when 1995 is now retro. I was amused by the nods to 90s culture. Here Vers encounters a younger Nick Fury (with hair and two eyes!). I liked what they did with Fury at this point in his career with SHIELD.
This movie is a quest. It is a quest for truth. The truth of Vers past and her strange memories of living on Earth. The truth of her Kree government and their schemes.
There is pretty strong social message in the movie, specifically about how the United States handles immigrants. Some will love that message, some will hate it. It is what it is. Certainly the plot twist about the alien races was interesting.
I enjoyed Captain Marvel quite a bit. It was a great blend of humour, action and good old science fiction. I have always enjoyed the Skrulls and so it was fun to finally see them on the big screen.
If I had any concerns, it was with the scope of her powers. In one scene she is struggling against a handful of opponents and in the next she is taking on a star cruiser. We may have the same problem that DC has with Superman in terms of being too powerful.
I am looking forward to seeing the role that Captain Marvel will play in the next Avengers movie. It should be good.
PS The cat was one of the best parts of the movie.