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Review: ‘Captain Marvel’ is a breath of fresh air for superhero movies

'Captain Marvel'

Brie Larson as Captain Marvel in Marvel's "Captain Marvel."

Marvel Studios and directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck breathe new life into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with “Captain Marvel.”

Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) becomes one of the universe’s most powerful beings during an intergalactic war between two alien races: the Kree and the Skrull.

This movie does more than just serve as an origin movie for Captain Marvel, although it does a very good job of doing this.

Having an origin movie this late into the MCU is risky, especially when the typical “Phase One” origin story has been so overdone.

“Captain Marvel” does a great job separating itself from other superhero origin stories, providing a fresh storyline with interesting and well thought out twists and a lot of character development.

Carol Danvers, or “Vers” as she is known to the Kree, goes through the most development after a mid-movie plot twist has her second guessing everything she remembers.

Also interesting in the movie is seeing a young Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) on screen, beginning as a young member of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the ‘90s.

Also seen in the movie are characters from past MCU movies like Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).

“Captain Marvel” also serves as a fantastic edition to the MCU story-wise, tying up everything that has happened and setting the stage for “Avengers: EndGame,” which will hit theatres on April 26. Introducing a character that will obviously play a major role in the aftermath of “Avengers: Infinity War” while expanding on characters who have already played a large role in the universe, “Captain Marvel” is the perfect way to jump directly into “EndGame.”

Not only was the plot line and character development different for a Marvel movie, but the types of characters they used was progressive as well.

Seeing a strong female lead was more than refreshing. Although we have gotten more of these with characters such as Shuri (Letitia Wright) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), no female characters have had their own movie until now. This is a huge step forward for the MCU and Marvel Studios.

The opening credits of “Captain Marvel” is Marvel Studio’s creative tribute to legendary comic innovator Stan Lee, guaranteed to make long-time comic fans tear up.

“Captain Marvel” is a much-needed breath of fresh air in the MCU, and a perfect way to set up what is to come in “Avengers: EndGame.” Long-time fans of the MCU and casual movie goers will all enjoy Marvel’s “Captain Marvel.”

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