Captain Marvel: Not Just an Endgame Pre-req

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Clear some time folks, because Captain Marvel is one movie you won’t want to miss. There is some draw to it just from Captain Marvel being a key figure in  Avengers: Endgame and the first Marvel film with a female lead as well, but that certainly isn’t the only reason to see this.

In the film, a Kree warrior named Vers (Brie Larson) struggles with control of her emotions and powers as well as nightmares involving an older woman. Her unit, Starforce, are tasked with the extraction of a secret agent working to uproot an enemy called the Skrulls, a shape-shifting species that look a bit like a green Nosferatu in their natural form, on a border planet. There, Vers is captured by the Skrull leader Talos (Ben Mendelson) and taken aboard their Earth-bound ship, but escapes and lands in 1995 Los Angeles.

Vers soon encounters a young Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson), who was still a low-level agent. Together, they work to both find a secret weapon before the Skrulls and unravel the mystery of Vers’s past.

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I loved the entire film. I won’t say much due to spoilers, but there are a few things I can mention. Compared to other films in the Marvel universe, I would say that the style of Captain Marvel is a bit closer to Guardians of the Galaxy than The Avengers.

One feature I particularly liked was the opening title. Where other Marvel films had clips of various heroes make up the words “Marvel,” here was every Stan Lee cameo, followed by a black screen with the simple words “Thank you, Stan.” There was even a Stan Lee cameo; in one scene, Vers spotted him reading lines from a script.

Vers had flaws, but she wasn’t blinded by her emotions either. Nick Fury was just as snarky yet serious as ever, with a side of cuddling an orange tabby. Skrull leader Talos was fairly funny as well, and there was even Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) as a rookie agent and Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) before he was considered a zealot.

Fans may feel obligated to see Captain Marvel simply due to Captain Marvel’s importance to Avengers: Endgame. Fans probably should see this as to not miss anything in Endgame, but not just for that. Captain Marvel is an excellent film, plain and simple.