by Zuleit Matthys

Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Screenplay: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Geneva Robertson-Dworet
Cast: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening
Run time: 128 minutes

Remember that Saturday Night Live skit on Black Widow? The one that asked the question ‘Does Marvel not know how to make a girl superhero movie?’ Yeah, there is an answer: It took them long enough but Marvel does know how to make a girl superhero movie; even if it’s only just. Captain Marvel is Marvel Cinematic Universe’ (MCU) first female-led superhero film.

Oscarwinner, Brie Larson plays Carol Danvers, a woman who keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot. As she regains lost memories, she realizes the extent of her own powers and we see Danvers, alongside Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) become one of the most powerful heroes in the Universe when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

As the film kicks off, it is rather easy to snooze because you might not immediately get the thrill but this doesn’t lessen its powerful impact. The impact that it has on young girls. Representation matters and for MCU to finally fall in line and have their first female-led film after 20 superhero films is remarkable.

While I definitely take my hat off for MCU for this 21st installment, which tells us that heroism is not defined by who you are or what you look like, but what you do, the storyline should have been explored more instead of the existing prequel-effect where the focal point is how Danvers fits into Avengers: Endgame. This is especially important keeping in mind the previous 20 films from MCU, which in comparison make the film inferior.

While Captain Marvel is a typical comic book film, the meaningful and frequently humorous dialogue connects you to the characters and will sure to entertain MCU fans. Larson’s undeniable presence definitely grabs your attention, allowing you to follow the film to the end.

Captain Marvel is currently showing at Ster-Kinekor Cinemas across Namibia.

Watch the trailer below: