OK, I’m riding hot on my high from seeing Captain Marvel FINALLY. Yeah, yeah, it’s about time, right? Well, holy crap. It’s everything people said it was and more.
I mean, I loved the twist in the middle, when Vers learns her real identity, and learns the truth about a few other people’s identities in the movie. I loved seeing Fury and Coulson again. But most of all, I LOVED Danvers’s attitude and sass. And there is a part toward the end that was a complete game changer for me. Something that was unexpected but so totally welcome that, wait for it…yes…surprise, I know!…Mel cried in the theater again. It’s a part where Carol Danvers looks at the enemy, who has been taunting her and telling her to prove she’s strong enough to beat him without her powers. What does she do? Well, she does what I would do. She blasts his ass and tells him, “I have nothing to prove to you.”
Other powerful parts? When Carol is taunted with the fact that she is “only” human. And they show a montage of her memories, of her constantly getting knocked down—but constantly getting right back up again to try again.
The soundtrack for the film was a lot of fun, bringing back the music from my high school years in the nineties. I immediately downloaded a playlist of the songs.
After seeing Captain Marvel, I felt energized, I felt seen, I felt represented. And THIS is exactly why it’s not about pitting one female super hero film against another. There can be and there SHOULD be more than one. More than ten. I mean, there are more than ten male super hero movies. Yet I continuously hear clueless dudes saying, “Why does there have to be ‘female hero movies?” To which I respond, “Why does there have to be male super hero movies?” Seriously? There are a LOT of different women out there in the world. I loved Wonder Woman, but I didn’t leave that movie feeling like I could identify with her a ton. Just because she is a woman doesn’t mean she’s like me. But Captain Marvel? I left that movie feeling really good, feeling like I could be just as powerful as Carol Danvers. Something clicked there, just like it clicked for other women and girls who saw themselves in Wonder Woman, or She-Ra, or Black Widow, or Shuri.
I mean, think about it. When people went to see Avengers, guys had Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Loki…so many guys to choose from to connect with. All different personalities, though I would argue, awfully white. What did women have? Black Widow. And while she’s definitely badass, I’ve never felt a connection with her at all. Things improved a bit as more movies were made, and we now have some choices, including Scarlet Witch and Shuri and Carol Danvers. Things are getting better, but we have a ways to go yet.
The tribute to Stan Lee at the very beginning was very moving (I had something in my EYE, dammit). And of course, Goose the orange kitty was awesome and stole the show a bit (you all stayed for the SECOND post credits scene, right? My son and I were the only ones who stayed in the theater at our showing).
Do you have to see Captain Marvel before you see Endgame? You don’t HAVE to, but I’m really glad I did. It connected some things from the past together, and now, after seeing Captain Marvel’s story, I am REALLY excited to see what happens with Thanos.
All in all, if you haven’t seen Captain Marvel yet, go on! I don’t think you’ll regret it. If your kids were ok with seeing Avengers, I think they will be fine with this movie, too.
Melanie R. Meadors is an author of middle grade fantasy, a role playing game designer/editor, and a blogger with The Once and Future Podcast and GeekMom. She also loves science, sewing, music, comics, DMing for a couple of gaming groups…In other words, she is a professional nerd. You can learn more about her at her website.