Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel is a 2019 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Carol Danvers.

Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the twenty-first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, with Geneva Robertson-Dworet also contributing to the screenplay.

Brie Larson stars as Danvers, alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law. Set in 1995, the story follows Danvers as she becomes Captain Marvel after Earth is caught in the center of a galactic conflict between two alien worlds.

When I heard the name Danvers I immediately thought of Supergirl. But why do two super-heroes have the same surname ?

But according to one account, Roy Thomas (who created this first version of Carol Danvers) admits he might have been unconsciously thinking of Supergirl’s name even though he was writing a very different kind of character. Interestingly enough, if we assume that the name “Danvers” did remind people of Supergirl back in the 60s and 70s, it might have actually propelled this US Air Force security chief into a narrative path that led to her getting powers like flight and super-strength — a destiny that just resonates with the name, perhaps?

As for the film, while I had all the right ingredients, it things didn’t really come together in a satisfying way. There was humour, action and plenty of CGI effects.

The story starts strong, then appears to go into a rather confusing flashback. Things don’t really get sorted out until the third act. It does have Jude Law, who appears to he having fun strutting around in a cool uniform.

Overall, just OK.. as Mark Kermode explains….