Captain Marvel

Marvel make some bloody good films, don’t they? After what feels like forever (due to being treated to 4 in under a year then waiting 8 months for the next one) the 21st film in the MCU film series is finally here. As we do with all of the Marvel films, the Empire Ink team went for a midnight jaunt to the cinema to see the first screening.

So was it any good? Absolutely it was. I’d rather not give away any spoilers so I’ll be as vague as possible. I’ll limit specifics to things seen in the trailers.

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I really liked Brie Larson as the titular Captain Marvel. She was strong, engaging, and charming; a perfect fit with the other heroes in the Universe. Her journey to become the hero we’ll see in next month’s Avengers: End Game made for one of the better origin films in the MCU. Larson’s chemistry with Sam Jackson’s Fury was fantastic. I hope we get to see them reunited in future films.

Speaking of Nick Fury, it was a lot of fun seeing him as the green, bi-ocular field agent after his many appearances as the hardened, cycloptic Director of SHIELD. Whilst Captain Marvel wasn’t as comedy heavy as some of the more recent MCU films, some of the funniest lines were given to Fury.

Disney really have perfected their de-aging CGI. At first it was a little off-putting because I know what Sam Jackson now looks like and we’ve never seen it for prolonged periods of time before. Once I settled into it, I believed that what we were seeing was a Die Hard 3 era Samuel L. Jackson. The de-aging on Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson was a little less convincing, possibly because the studio had less footage of Gregg from that time period to work from.

Ben Mendelsohn is also great as the MCU’s first Skrull, Talos. The Skrulls have always been a comic favourite and it’s great to see them join the cinematic universe. Like Jackson, Talos had some very funny moments. Also, as an Australian, I like the idea that the Skrulls have an Aussie accent. Wait… maybe I’m a Skrull sleeper agent and just don’t know it yet.

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I can’t continue without talking about Goose. Goose is a cat, a cat that everyone is going to love as much as Rocket Racoon and Baby Groot before him. No this cat doesn’t talk but there are a lot of cute, endearing, and hilarious moments featuring Goose. I really hope that we see more of him in future instalments.

Captain Marvel is mostly set in 1995 and, as someone that was 19 during that year, I had a nostalgic love for all the moments that poked fun at the time period. The soundtrack was lifted straight from the early 90s and brought me back to high school. One thing that may annoy younger viewers, the film is also paced similar to a film from that era. It doesn’t move at the breakneck pace of most modern blockbusters so if you’re not used to that, it may seem a little slow at points.

Lastly, Stan Lee’s cameo may be my favourite one yet. It’s a wonderful nod to time period that will delight anyone that picks up on the reference.

Alex is dying to do a big, 2 day Captain Marvel piece to fill his cancellation for next week and is offering a hefty discount to anyone that gets it done. Contact the studio here if you would like to capitalise on this great deal.

-Baz