REVIEW ...Overcoming Story Clutter, Mar-Vell Radiates as Super Nova in it's Galactic "Origin" , Laying Clever "Easter Eggs"

Updated 2 weeks ago by Tony Rutherford , HNN Entertainment Editor
REVIEW ...Overcoming Story Clutter,  Mar-Vell Radiates as Super Nova  in it's Galactic "Origin" , Laying Clever "Easter Eggs"
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It's a shooting star, a meteor, no it's (Captain) Mar-vel patrolling a galaxy of inhabited planets. 

My beyond Earth's solar system upgrading of a familiar heroic phrase first uttered in the early to mid World War II era rockets the introduction of a Man of Steel (Superman) clone. The Marvel universe has taken the name and likeness (sorta) of a popular Golden Age of Comics character, altered the sex, and opened the vacuums of deep space.

 

The historic legacy of the character could be a take on what would have occurred if Solemn had "split" the Biblical child often utilized as an example of wisdom and motherly love.  Marvel has its trademark name ; DC has the original character's biography as you'll see in about a month when "Shazam" lights up screens.

Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), an Air Force test pilot gained tremendous powers derived from Tesseract (energy) and (to a lesser extinct) the infinity stone. Her abilities have her traveling on the other side of the universe including the Quasar-realm (a type of co-existing universe). Danvers has  starship shifting powers; her speed of travel resembles Star Trek's Enterprise going into Warp Speed. Other than fighting and politeness, she does not recall much of who she is/was.

REVIEW ...Overcoming Story Clutter,  Mar-Vell Radiates as Super Nova  in it's Galactic "Origin" , Laying Clever "Easter Eggs"
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That's not how she's introduced.  

A soldier on an outer world struggling with bizarre, disconnected finding herself memory flashe  of an earlier time on Planet C-53.

After crashing through the roof of a closed Blockbuster Video store in Los Angeles, Danvers wakes up "lost" and searching for a commander, a "fish out of water" in an aging section of L.A. and for reasons she exists.   

The main time frame is the 1990s, a period filmmakers reenforce with pinball machines and Fonz dinner buckets. She's seen by a young not-yet-glass eyed Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson) Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. The duo bonds with her sharing bits of her mission to quash a galactic war between Krees and Skrulls who already have Earth under surveillance.

REVIEW ...Overcoming Story Clutter,  Mar-Vell Radiates as Super Nova  in it's Galactic "Origin" , Laying Clever "Easter Eggs"

Exploding on and away from Earth, directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck handle a complicated introduction with the ease of flashback segues  and outer space backgrounds. The movie has to be a prequel, origin and cosmic adventure that leads to "Avengers: Endgame." It's on the mark. 

Battle and f/x intimidating, this "origin" film flares as a supernova, introducing concepts that underscore "where no human has gone before" mantra. For all the "Close Encounters" and "X Files," these directors insert a subtle anxiety that induce "we are not alone" serious perspectives. 

Larson has initiated ( mayhaps unwillfully) a gender and feminism controversy. True, Mar-vell does not have a romantic interest (a dear friend, yes, Fury) and except for excessive domination of ignore your emotions, it's free of blatant sexism, but allusions from the past convey. Rapid fire "you can't play" sports scenes and female Air Force recruits aren't assigned to be pilots establish the attitudes without preaching. 

Equality exudes in other ways (I'll avoid due to spoilers) and  comic quips result not from arrogant one-liners , rather off the cuff, impulsive character behavior.

REVIEW ...Overcoming Story Clutter,  Mar-Vell Radiates as Super Nova  in it's Galactic "Origin" , Laying Clever "Easter Eggs"

Larson ignores glamor wearing a bland  plastic spandex costume and briefly a black "bomber" jacket. Her screen presence is overridden by a cat named "Goose." (again I stop to prevent spoilers).

Still, it's fair to state this is not a feature long set up for "Endgame;" it's the origin of a significant Marvel Universe character who's gender seems mostly irrelevant (that's an equality praise). Beings from other planets have shape shifting powers and different appearances much like "Guardians of the Galaxy." Proving the essence of work together diversity, one touching  earthly "family" kitchen dinner that has a "Star Wars" interplanetary cafe recall except this one's surrounded by riits if  sudsy "Waltons" updated values. 

An updated equality hint --- the daughter  Mar-vell's best friend admonishes mom to not forsake an important mission due to "family."

REVIEW ...Overcoming Story Clutter,  Mar-Vell Radiates as Super Nova  in it's Galactic "Origin" , Laying Clever "Easter Eggs"

Easter eggs ( revelation hints) and  a Stan Lee tribute and cameo earn applause. There are two end credit scenes. Stay put. A buzzing premiere audience about 65-35 male to female and 80% high school, college and graduated geeks gets thumb up from older patrons who are enamored by the fights and action.

REVIEW ...Overcoming Story Clutter,  Mar-Vell Radiates as Super Nova  in it's Galactic "Origin" , Laying Clever "Easter Eggs"
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I'm not going further to leave twists intact. I'll clean those up in a couple weeks after talk and debate goes  viral.Till then, go watch Carol, Vers and Mar-vell bad ass (something she's often cautioned about for those unwelcome emotions). 

Just like Super family inhabitants their powers reach infinity. Mar-vell's ("it's two words," she commands) her power is extraordinary.

I'll honor her repeating a critic's evaluation: "Larson gives a breezy, buoyant performance that often reminded me of Patty Duke as “Patty” in The Patty Duke Show, which might be the highest praise I can bestow."

You don't evaluate her with the good ole' boy glare of an Iron Man, Captain America or Hulk; she's Mar-vell, fe-male, and determined to be different. 

And, you're right Kennie, it's set in the 90s so it plays like an earlier film in the MCU. 

 

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