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SPOILERS: Why is ‘Captain Marvel’ significant to the Marvel Universe?

'Captain Marvel'

Brie Larson's Captain Marvel character is not only a step in the right direction for Marvel Studios, but also highly significant for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

"Captain Marvel" absolutely blew me away for several reasons, and the film's significance to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is very apparent. Here are three reasons why this is not only a must-see film, but a significant film in the build up to "Avengers: EndGame."

This is Marvel’s first full length movie with a female lead.

This has been a long time coming, and honestly should have happened sooner. But finally it’s here, and it is so significant for the MCU.

The MCU diversifying its roster is something that has been needed for quite some time. With the strong additions of Captain Marvel, Black Panther and their respective casts, the MCU is heading in the right direction.

The movie is genuinely good.

Origin movies for superheroes are getting old. With so many heroes now in just the MCU alone, it is hard to make one stand out.

“Captain Marvel” definitely stands out.

“Captain Marvel” does a great job turning the typical “Phase One” MCU origin story on its head by not only improving on the formula but making it its own.

The comedy is great. It hits at all the right moments and the chemistry between Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is very apparent.

The twist in about the middle of the movie is also surprising, especially for fans of the comics. The Kree and Skrull have always been at war, but never have the Skrull explicitly been the “good guy” until this movie. Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel’s alter-ego, learns that she has been fighting for the wrong side throughout the events of the movie. She decides to help the Skrull escape Earth and escape the fear of Kree pursuit.

This was a twist that I absolutely loved. Definitely one of the few times the MCU has explicitly changed something from the comics that I thought was done well and was necessary for the over-arching story of the MCU.

It sets everything up perfectly for “Avengers: EndGame.”

This point is probably the most important. This is what everything in the MCU has been leading up to.

“Captain Marvel” takes place in the ‘90s. S.H.I.E.L.D. is just beginning, Nick Fury is just finding out about aliens and superhuman beings, Agent Colson is just beginning at S.H.I.E.L.D. and much more.

The first after-credit scene is the perfect set up for “EndGame.” The surviving Avengers are still trying to calculate the worlds death toll after their encounter with Thanos, when Fury’s communicator Captain Marvel gave him at the end of the movie stops going off. Black Widow leads the rest of the Avengers to the communicator. After investigating it, Widow turns around and comes face-to-face with Captain Marvel saying, “Where is Fury?”

“Avengers: EndGame” is nearly here, and “Captain Marvel” is a must-see movie in preparation for the highly anticipated summer blockbuster.

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