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Movie Review: ‘Captain Marvel’ inspires young women

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Christine D. Insigne
Staff Writer

“Captain Marvel,” tells an inspiring, fierce and powerful story of a woman superhero in an unseen time period in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

Released last Friday, “Captain Marvel” is the first female-led superhero movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

The movie maintains moviegoers attention throughout from intense battle scenes with to the acting that pulls at viewer’s heartstrings–There was never a dull moment.

Before last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” the Marvel Cinematic Universe had never before mentioned the existence of Captain Marvel. 

When it was revealed that she would be getting her own movie, Marvel fans eagerly awaited the release. 

“Captain Marvel,” released last Friday, follows Carol on her journey to becoming Captain Marvel.

The story takes place years before the events of “Avengers: Infinity War” and focuses on the origin stories of Carol and SHIELD agent Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson. 

The movie begins with Carol as a member of the interstellar Kree Starforce, going by the name of Vers.

As a member of the group, she fights to protect the galaxy from an alien race known as the Skrulls, the primary antagonists of the movie. 

After being captured by the Skrulls, Vers escapes and makes a crash landing on Earth.

She then meets a young Nick Fury after falling through the roof of a Blockbuster Video store. 

She warns Fury about an impending Skrull invasion but the warning appears to have come too late. 

As the story unfolds, Carol discovers her true identity while simultaneously exploring her past and defending Earth from an alien interference. 

Prior to the release of “Captain Marvel,” the movie received backlash from fans who felt that the feminist undertones would ruin the movie.

During a pivotal scene there is a montage of all the times in Carol’s life when she got back up again after being knocked down. This character was a true representation of role model who is resilient, brave and tough. 

Captain Marvel accurately portrays a dominant female lead without coming across as feminist propaganda, while providing a role model one can look up to for children, regardless of gender.

Carol is not only shown as a fearless superhero, but as an amazing and encouraging role model to Monica Rambeau, the daughter of one of her closest friends.

“Captain Marvel” also pays tribute to Marvel’s creative leader Stan Lee, who died last year.  They continued his traditional cameo in all Marvel movies in a scene when Carol encounters him on a train and smiles at him

The post-credit scene, which confirms that Captain Marvel will return in “Avengers: Endgame,” left me wanting more.

Unlike other superhero origin movies, which are known for their lengthy, dull exposition and tendency to only appeal to a specific fan base, “Captain Marvel” maintains broad allure that keeps the excitement going.

With different powerful message about integrity and perseverance and inspiring characters, “Captain Marvel” has elements of a movie that every movie goer will enjoy. 

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