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When we last left our favorite Marvel super heroes in “Avengers: Infinity War,” the snap of Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet had eliminated half of all life-forms in the Universe. But before he could fade to dust, Nick Fury made one final page out into the universe to Captain Marvel, a character we had not yet met as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Warning: This review contains some slight spoilers, but I avoid giving away most of the plot points.
This means before we can move on to “Avengers: End Game,” we first have to go back to the 1990s and see how Nick Fury met Captain Marvel. It’s one of the MCU’s most unconventional origin stories, as when we first meet Carol Danvers, she already has all her super powers, but what she lacks is knowledge of her true identity.
When we first meet her in the movie, Danvers, known as Vers to the Kree military team called Starforce of which she’s a member, is a mighty warrior being trained and led by commander Yon-Rogg. The Kree are part of a collective race led by an Artificial Intelligence construct known as The Supreme Intelligence. Yon-Rogg, Vers, and a small team are sent on a mission to rescue a spy and stop the Skrulls – bad guys with whom the Kree are locked into a long war. The Skrulls are led by Talos and have the ability to shape shift, which means every encounter, even with someone you think you know, is a potential danger.
Much of the movie is designed with the Marvel movie nerd in mind. There are also a number of call-outs to the comics, including an appearance by a cat named “Goose” who might be more than he seems. Yes, there’s even a cameo by the late, great Stan Lee.
Setting the story of Captain Marvel in the 1990s, yes that’s a Blockbuster video store, gives the writers a lot of opportunities to make jokes about the power of technology and our collective fashion choices back in that era. If you don’t remember encountering a spinning wheel while waiting for your website to load, you may not get a few of these jokes. I loved the 90s nostalgia, but it was definitely aimed at mom and dad, not the 12-year old in the audience
Like a lot of great 1990s-era movies, Captain Marvel functions on some level as a buddy cop movie. Brie Larson (Danvers) and Samuel L. Jackson (Fury) immediately gel on the screen. You can tell both are having a lot of fun making the movie, especially Jackson who can barely contain himself at times.
The character of Captain Marvel was first introduced to comic book fans in 1967. This may be the first appearance on the big screen for Captain Marvel, but she has actually been appearing on the Disney Channel series “Avengers Assemble.” So kids who are familiar with that show will come with a different set of expectations than most Marvel fans.
Yes, this is also the MCU’s first stand-alone movie with a female led title character, but to Marvel Studios’ credit, it’s a super hero movie first. That Carol Danvers is a woman is less of a plot point than the fact that she’s a powerful warrior on a mission. The character of Carol Danvers faces down issues on inequality and injustice with female empowerment, sure. But the theme of the film is sci-fi action and adventure, like every other MCU movie.
“We thought it was the right time to finally introduce Captain Marvel to the World,” Marvel Studios’ producer Kevin Feige said. “She’s one of the most popular characters and one of the most powerful characters in the comics and will now be the most powerful character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
Feige added, “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.”
To direct Captain Marvel, Feige once again turned to the indie film world. This time he brought on Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck. Boden and Fleck’s experience making films like “Half Nelson” and “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” helped ensure Captain Marvel remained a character driven film instead of letting the action drive much of the plot.
Boden and Fleck were especially attracted to the story of Carol Danvers, “One of the things that drew us to the character was that she was a really powerful, interesting, unique, and independent female character,” said Boden. “We are so excited to be telling this story about someboy who’s not just powerful but also really complicated and human.”
“In researching the project, we started digging into the comics, and we just fell in love with the character, her grit, and her humor,” added Fleck. “We were trying to figure out how to do this, because we come from a very indie background, but we were aware that Marvel had been making some bold hiring decisions before us with Taika Waititi directing ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and Ryan Coogler directing ‘Black Panther.’ Both are great filmmakers who come from indie filmmaking and very character-based storytelling. We we saw they were hiring directors like that, our interest was really stirred because they’re not just after the big spectacle or the big explosion.
With Boden signed on to co-direct, Captain Marvel became the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to have a woman director too. “I feel incredibly honored to be given the opportunity to be here with this awesome group of people,” said Boden. “One of the things I love about this movie is what an amazing collaboration it is between women.”
One of the big surprises of the movie, there are a couple, is not a surprise at all to those who a familiar with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It all ties in with the overall arching storyline that eventually ends up with Thanos finding his way to Earth. Not sure how they could have avoided that.
Part of the disappointment knowing one of the big plot twists coming into the film was made up for by another standout performance as delivered by Ben Mendelsohn, both behind makeup and without it. Talos, the Skrull leader, is exactly the type of role he can really chew through.
A few other notes:
2. Yes, we learn how Nick Fury ends up with one eye and an eye patch in Captain Marvel.
3. If you’re a fan of Stan Lee make sure you’re in your seat prior to the movie’s start.
Some people are not fans of these stand-alone Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. But I really like them. They tend to be lighter and filled with more humor, to go with the action and adventure which is my idea of a great super hero film. I rank this one in the same neighborhood as “Thor: Ragnorok” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which makes sense, since the directors were original considered by Marvel Studios for Guardians, but they fell in love with the Carol Danvers character and the rest is history.
This one doesn’t move the overall plot forward all that much, since it’s set in 1990s. But it’s a fun romp through a period of Marvel super hero history we haven’t yet seen on the big screen. Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, is a powerful super hero and will be a great rolemodel for all the young girls and women who get to see a female in the title role of a Marvel movie for the first time.
Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is rated PG-13 and opens this Friday in theaters everywhere.
Today marks International Women’s Day, and many brands are coming together in full force to celebrate women all over the world under the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day – #BalanceForBetter.
With the likes of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements showing the effectiveness and viability of using social media for political engagement and social activism, it’s no surprise that social plays a massive role in spreading awareness around #IWD. Our research shows that IWD 2018 alone generated more than 737K mentions on Twitter, with an extremely high positive sentiment at 96%.
Let’s take a look at how some brands are using social media and digital platforms to smash the patriarchy this year…
Creative Equals, an award-winning organisation championing diversity and inclusion in creative industries, are encouraging women to change their names on social media to ‘Dave’ and pushing the hashtag #IAmDave to bring awareness to gender inequality in the workplace. This campaign is in protest against the fact that there are more men called Dave on the FTSE100 than there are women.
As part of their ongoing commitment to #CloseTheDreamGap, Barbie are honouring #MoreRoleModels from around the world by creating doll versions of high-profile and inspirational women, such as British activist and model Adwoa Aboah, cycling champion Kristina Vogel and gymnast Dipa Karmakar.
“The brand believes girls should never know a world, job, or dream women haven’t conquered,” says the general manager and senior vice president Lisa McKnight.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, the online money transfer company have teamed up with a number of female business leaders and founders to discuss their experiences and thoughts on how to create a more gender-balanced world. The video features five female leaders, such as the vice-president of Benefit Cosmetics and co-founder of Stella & Dot, sharing their ideas on how businesses can better create a more gender-balanced world.
Throughout March, PayPal is also honouring extraordinary female-led brands and the inspiring women who founded them by sharing their stories here PayPal.com/IWD, as well as donating $2 from every eligible purchase made at select retailers to causes that support women.
To mark International Women’s Day, Benefit Cosmetics has closed down it’s website to stand up to injustice in the workplace. They are “replacing makeup with resources you can use to empower yourself and others” – a list of ways you can stand up to gender inequality such as, “Do More Than Double Tap – Show some IWD love on social, then back it up with action IRL. Volunteer or donate to charities that support women and girls in your community.”
Artwork created by @AilieBanks for Benefit in support of IWD
The monthly subscription company hosted an inspiring and eye-opening Facebook Live event encouraging girls to tune in and have their questions answered, with no topics off limits! The social media manager at BirchBox sat down with the founder of Elizabeth Scarlett, influencer and founder of clothing brand Coco & Indie and Beth Reekles, author of The Kissing Booth where they discussed careers, failures and being a woman.
This International Women’s Day, Vodafone are continuing to empower women all over the world with their on going campaign #ConnectedSheCan. They hope to help millions of women connect to a better future by giving them access to health and wellbeing resources, quality education and financial inclusion.
They have also pledged to be the best employer for women by 2025. The mobile company states “Our global maternity programme gives female employees a minimum of 16-weeks fully paid leave across 30 countries and full time pay for a four-day week for the first six months after returning to work. We have a target to employ 1,000 women through ReConnect, our global recruitment programme to help career-break women re-enter the workforce in management roles.”
Nikki Rayner is a paid social media executive at Wilderness
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We’d need a pool day if we were Kylie Jenner, too. Amidst the 21-year-old makeup mogul’s alleged drama with BFF Jordyn Woods, she spread out on a poolside bed in a white swimsuit that flaunted major backside. A pair of coordinating white sunnies lay nearby! Kylie shared the resulting selfie on Feb. 25 — let her cutout bathing suit inspire your spring break wardrobe below. As you can see, Kylie is carrying on with life, despite the alleged turmoil between her best friend and family. That IG aesthetic has to be maintained, rain or shine!
The Kylie Cosmetics CEO is also carrying on with normal routines by spending quality time with her sisters. Kylie included Khloe Kardashian, 34, in her Snapchat video on Feb. 25, as both said “Hi” for the camera — no awkward tensions here! Kylie’s closest friend, Jordyn, allegedly made out and cuddled with Tristan Thompson, Khloe’s (now ex) boyfriend and father to her child, at a house party on Feb. 17. Ever since reports of the alleged hookup began circulating two days later, everyone has been waiting for Kylie’s next move: will she dump Jordyn as her BFF? So far, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star has yet to unfollow Jordyn on Instagram, a move that sisters Kim, Khloe and Kourtney have already done. However, Jordan did reportedly move out of Kylie’s house in Calabasas, which a source had EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife.
Kylie’s swimsuit look below is giving us flashbacks to when she twinned with Jordyn in neon green swimwear in Jan. 2019! The duo went on a tropical vacation to celebrate Stormi Webster’s first birthday, and it’s unclear whether Kylie’s bestie will grace her feed ever again. As we’ve told you, Kylie has reportedly been on the fence this past week as reports claim her longtime pal is trying to apologize for her alleged hookup with the Cleveland Cavaliers player! “Kylie still seems torn…It’s gonna be very difficult for her to cut Jordyn completely out of her life,” a source told People, who also claimed that “it’s been a week now of nonsense explaining from [Jordyn’s] side.” What do you do in a standstill? Post a swimsuit selfie!
On a side note — can you believe Kylie welcomed Stormi with Travis Scott just one year ago? Check out even more of the first-time mom’s sexiest swimsuit pictures after giving birth to her daughter in our gallery above!