Captain Marvel Review [No Spoilers!]


You might not have heard of her, but soon enough you will. You may not care much about her, but soon you might. She’s the latest addition to the Marvel Comic Universe roster, Captain Marvel! Whilst I will admit that even as a self-proclaimed comic-book enthusiast, (basically being filled with what many people would call “useless trivia”), I don’t know that much about Captain Marvel. I didn’t really know her origins, the extent of her powers, her relation to the Avengers, anything at all really! All I knew was that she was pretty much a badass with enough powers to make short work of most of the heroes in the MCU.


This will be a spoiler-free review, so there’s only really a certain amount I can say. First of all – if you are on the fence about it, or maybe a little skeptical – go and watch it. I’ve noticed a lot of negative energy surrounding the film; although a good portion of this was before its release, which was to be taken with a pinch of salt.) But I believe, like many others I know, that you can only judge something once you’ve seen it. Besides, why would you not want to see it? It’s the last MCU movie before Avengers: Endgame. It should be on your MCU checklist of Marvel-related things to do before you gear up for what is guaranteed to be an unbelievable cinematic experience.

I’ll admit I was a little skeptical about seeing Captain Marvel initially. Not because I was riding the wave of negativity mustered by some of those on Twitter, but just because I was almost clueless on everything to do with her. But I’m so glad I decided to go for it. I was always going to. It was on my checklist.)

I felt Brie Larson’s incarnation of Captain Marvel set the bar for anyone else who may try and take up the mantle. (in the probably very far future.) I felt as though she was very likeable and had that Marvel-whit about her. Although, her performance is elevated with the addition of many other characters, namely Samuel Jackson as a young 90’s-esque Nick Fury. I can’t really say too much about the other characters, as it may spoil the movie somewhat, but the other characters really help give the movie some heart and help in setting her on the path to become Captain Marvel.


I know that sometimes when a new MCU movie comes out, some people will ask the question “Was it like Avengers? Guardians of the Galaxy?” or various other comparisons to other MCU films. In truth, I don’t really think it does compare to any. Okay, that’s a little bit of a fib. At first it screams that style that is “Cosmic Marvel” but that doesn’t last too long, and it really comes into its own. I don’t wish to compare to any other film, and some might feel like comparing it, but I feel that such a good job was done to make it unique, that it shouldn’t.

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Make sure you stay after the credits!

I walked out sort of shocked. I didn’t think I’d grow to like a character I barely knew anything about so quickly. I just had the same thought going through my head – “What a badass!”. I just can’t help but think that she’s going to fit right in with Avengers: Endgame. I know some who are skeptical for various reasons, but sadly I cannot really indulge talking about them. You’ll have to formulate your own opinion on that front.

I felt a lot of emotions throughout the movie. Several times I almost felt like welling up a little, and it did pull at my heartstrings a little bit. And of course, it wouldn’t be an MCU movie without some quippy one-liners and some bizarre comedic moments. It might not invoke some of those emotions for everyone, but it’s one hell of a ride either way. I believe that is it definitely not a bad movie like some people have been attempting to make it out to be. But hey, I’m not here to tell you whether you’ll like it or not, I personally just liked it a lot. You may hate it, hopefully not, or you may love it (Maybe even more than Winter Soldier! Gasp!) but it’s worth watching it and seeing for yourself. There’s a lot of mixed reviews out there, and it’s appearing to be in some cases look like a bit of a marmite scenario. (That’s a “Love it or hate it” scenario for anyone who’s not with me!)


Well, I’ve pretty much exhausted all I can say without spoiling anything. In a way I’ve not really said all that much. My argument is – if you’re undecided, just go and see it yourself. I will admit I want people to like it, maybe not as much as some of the popular MCU choice favourites like Black Panther, Winter Soldier, Civil War or Infinity War, but I know for some it will be up there with their choices at least. Enough waffling! If you’re after something a little different, you can’t go far wrong than watching Captain Marvel.


 

Stan Lee: The Marvel


Unfortunately, today, we have lost a giant in the comic and movie world. Stan Lee, born December 28th 1922, passed away today on November 12th, 2018. People all around the world are shook by the loss of this titanic figure in the comic industry, a face and name that so many people recognise and love – and you’re guaranteed to have seen him if you’ve seen any Marvel movie in the past couple of decades.

Stan Lee has held a very close place in most comic book fans, artists, superhero aficionados, and movie-lovers’ hearts. We truly will not have a comic book legend that will even remotely hold water compared to the marvel that was Stan Lee.


Stan Lee has helped create some of the most recognisable superheroes for an entire generation. Working with several different renowned artists throughout his career, he has gone on to make iconic superheroes again and again, such as Spider-Man, DareDevil, the Incredible Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, the X-Men. He even helped in the creation of Iron Man, Ant-Man and the Mighty Thor. Truly no small feat, with many of these superheroes are now household names. (They are in my house!)

All these characters will be forever celebrated and have been enjoyed by generations of people – from their humble beginnings at the start of Marvel Comics, to seeing them being acted in blockbuster films that drew in millions upon millions of fans worldwide. Not many people could bring so much pleasure and happiness to so many in one lifetime, and it cannot be exaggerated how much of an impact he has had on people’s personal lives. Whether it be helping them through hard times by the fantastic escapism the Marvel Movies have brought or being able to find something new to enjoy by diving into a comic.

Stan Lee is truly a marvel. A hero to millions, myself included. He has done so much in his long life that it’s staggering to even begin to think of how much he has achieved. I know personally that when the next Marvel movie comes out, there will no doubt be a touching moment when we see what may have been his last movie cameo.


I’ve grown up loving Marvel – from reading Spider-Man comics as a kid, as well as watching the Spider-Man and X-Men cartoons throughout my entire childhood, to the original Spider-Man movies, and Marvel Studios first film – Iron Man, which would then snowball into one of the greatest, arguably the greatest movie franchise of all time, especially with the climatic sequel to Infinity War on the horizon.

So, thank you Stan Lee, from the bottom of my heart. It’s fair to say that without the influence of his characters, I may not be quite the same person I am today. Comics are, and continue to be a big influence in my life. That may not have happened if I didn’t flick on the TV and see Spider-Man as a child. Rest in Peace Stan Lee – you are truly immortalised forever in the memories of fans all over the world. We true believers will forever remember your feats, and hold your creations close to our hearts. Excelsior!


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The Man, The Legend, Mr Stan Lee. RIP.