Before I start I should talk about the Stan Lee tribute at the beginning. Even his cameo where Carol smiles at him on the train was really nice (him reading the script for Mallrats was a fun 1995 detail). Captain Marvel is the very first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to have a main female protagonist.
Brie Larson is a good choice as Carol but don’t think she’s the strongest main protagonist in the MCU though her arc about her powers being restrained is nicely done. While Carol Danvers was sort of of a mixed bag the supporting cast was really entertaining. Samuel L. Jackson returns as Nick Fury and he’s really fun in this movie. It’s kind of refreshing seeing him before he gains the whole serious look. The “villain” Talos is also really entertaining. Ben Mendelsohn is usually known for playing villain roles (ex: Rogue One and Ready Player One) so when it turns out he’s just trying to save his race and family it feels refreshing. Then there’s Goose, I love Goose! Not because I love cats, although it’s one of the reasons I enjoy him (Trivia about me: I own two cats named Garfield and Nermal) but also because he’s adorable and awesome.
The film does suffer some not only retreads I’ve seen in previous Marvel movies and even the action which is usually one of Marvel’s strong points seemed weak here, except for the scene where Carol tries to escape the Skrulls while her hands are handcuffed. This movie also has a twist where it turns out that the Skrulls were good and the Kree were evil. I’ve already seen this plot twist done in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (done better in the latter) and the villains we do have are not interesting. Come to think of it, this twist reminds me of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power but without the complex She Ra and Cathra relationship.
This wasn’t really the most necessary movie to be made and was just to introduce Carol. I felt like they made this just so she wouldn’t come out of nowhere in Avengers: Endgame. Captain Marvel while enjoyable is one of the most ok-ish movies I’ve seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
+ Nick Fury
+ Stan Lee tribute
+/- Captain Marvel
– Obvious twist
– Same old action