Move over boys, there’s a new hero on the big screen to save the day. CAPTAIN MARVEL is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) stand-alone female superhero girls have been waiting for. With determination, strength and a dry sense of humor, CAPTAIN MARVEL takes viewers on a thrilling ride down the 1990s memory lane; plus the soundtrack, oh the soundtrack!!!! Seriously, if you don’t have plans to see CAPTAIN MARVEL this weekend, you better make some plans.

Everything you need to know about CAPTAIN MARVEL

Everything you need to know about CAPTAIN MARVEL

Captain Marvel Movie Poster

Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” sidesteps the traditional origin-story template, with Carol Danvers already possessing her superhero powers. Leaving her earthly life behind, she joins an intergalactic elite Kree military team called Starforce, led by their enigmatic commander, Yon-Rogg. But after Danvers has trained and worked with the Starforce team, and become a valued member, she finds herself back on Earth with new questions about her past. While on Earth she quickly lands on the radar of Nick Fury, and they must work together against a formidable enemy in the form of the Skrulls—the notorious Marvel bad guys made even more dangerous by their shape-shifting abilities—and their leader, Talos, who is spearheading a Skrull invasion of Earth.

The film is fun, I don’t think anyone will doubt that. I mean it’s Marvel, there’s really nothing, Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige, and his team does that doesn’t work. I wanted to know how CAPTAIN MARVEL the movie held up against her original story in the Marvel comics. I invited my friend, Chris, who’s been reading comic books, preferring Marvel Comics, since he could read. That’s 42 years folks! Chris knows what he’s talking about and watching the movie with him was really enjoyable. I love the Marvel movies but I never got into the comic book thing, I wish I had but it honestly wasn’t on my radar when I was a kid.

My favorite parts of the movie were the music, seeing the 90s nostalgia and the Air Force! My dad retired from the Air Force after 23 years of service. Seeing strong, female Air Force pilots was amazing. I was so jacked after seeing the film. It made me happy to be a woman.

A true Marvel fan reviews CAPTAIN MARVEL

As a lifelong reader of Marvel Comics, I really wanted to like this movie and I was not disappointed! Viewers who are familiar with Captain Marvel’s (or Ms. Marvel as she was originally known) origin from the comics will find that this is quite a different story but it works. There were also some nice Easter eggs which laid the groundwork for future stories, which of course, I will not go into great detail now. I don’t want to spoil anything. With the imminent departure of some premier characters after AVENGERS ENDGAME, Marvel really needs a strong addition to its roster to fill the gap and I think they succeeded.

CAPTAIN MARVEL screening

Chris and Bert at the CAPTAIN MARVEL screening in Minneapolis.

Is Captain Marvel a girl or boy?

In the original Captain Marvel comic, Captain Mar-vell came onto the scene in 1968 and was a man. The Captain Marvel we see in the movie is Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot who was supposed to be a love interest for Mar-vell in the original comics, however, that storyline kind of got sidelined. In an article from The Hollywood Reporter, Graeme McMillan writes,

Carol Danvers, the current Captain, started life as a supporting character for Marvel’s first Captain Marvel. Introduced in Marvel Super-Heroes No. 13, she was a U.S. Air Force pilot and potential love interest for the hero who eventually got sidelined following an accident during one of Mar-Vell’s adventures. Years later, it was revealed that that accident had actually altered Danvers’ DNA and given her superpowers, prompting her to take up the superheroic identity Ms. Marvel. (If that sounds dated, it was 1977.)

Is Captain Marvel a boy or girl

Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL L to R: Leader of Starforce (Jude Law) and Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) Photo: Chuck Zlotnick
©Marvel Studios 2019

Kevin Feige said of the timing of CAPTAIN MARVEL, “We’ve always had powerful female characters and heroes in our films. But having a female Super Hero franchise title character for the first time feels overdue, and it’s something that we have been excited about for a long time, and we can’t wait to deliver it to the world.”

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Is CAPTAIN MARVEL kid friendly?

If your child has seen other Marvel films CAPTAIN MARVEL is nothing new for them. There are your typical action sequences with explosions, some hand to hand combat and sci-fi violence. I honestly don’t remember if there was any language. There’s nothing romantic about the film so parents don’t need to worry about anything of that nature. The only thing I can potentially see being a problem for kids are the scenes that are intense. Some of the Skrulls’ shape-shifting scenes may be difficult for kids to see, especially if they haven’t watched Marvel movies before.

I have a ten-year-old, seven-and-a-half-year-old and almost five-year-old. I would not take my five-year-old daughter to see CAPTAIN MARVEL. She’d be sleeping in my bed, taking up the entire thing, you know, as small children tend to do. She’s not used to action movies anyways.

I do think that both my 10-year-old and 7.5-year-old would like the movie and I really want for my 7.5-year-old daughter to see the film in theaters. There’s something so empowering about the movie!

Captain Marvel kid friendly

What time period does the movie take place?

The 1990s!! This movie was so fun because the music was on point, the clothes were absolutely dead on and Carol Danvers’ grunge look was totally my jam in junior high. There are so many great songs from the 90s but the ones chosen for the film were just perfect. They were placed in the perfect scenes at the right time and almost provided some comic relief.

CAPTAIN MARVEL 1990s fashion

Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL. Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) Photo: Chuck Zlotnick ©Marvel Studios 2019

Are there end credit scenes in CAPTAIN MARVEL?

Does Mickey Mouse have yellow shoes? Of course there are end credit scenes! There are two to be exact so you sit your booty in that chair and just watch until the very end. Trust me.

CAPTAIN MARVEL cast

Who’s in CAPTAIN MARVEL? A lot of talented people that’s for sure!

Brie Larson as Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel

Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury

Ben Mendelsohn as Talos

Djimon Hounsou as Korath

Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser

Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau

Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva

Annette Bening as the Supreme Intelligence

Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson

Jude Law as Yon-Rogg

Akira Akbar as Monica Rambeau

Goose the Cat CAPTAIN MARVEL

Reggie, Archie, Rizzo and Gonzo as “Goose” – Fun fact, in the comics Danvers co-pilot was a cat, only his name was Chewie. The filmmakers changed the name to Goose for the TOP GUN character Nick “Goose” Bradshaw.

CAPTAIN MARVEL opens everywhere this Friday, March 8th

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