Captain Marvel was a great movie and a very welcomed addition to the Marvel universe. It checked a lot of boxes and answered a tremendous amount of questions about the people in the Marvel universe.
The story of Captain Marvel is one that most people do not know of unless they grew up reading the comics. She is a virtual unknown in the Marvel universe and is a huge step forward as she is the first leading woman in a Marvel movie. She is also one of the strongest.
She could be the answer to the Avengers problem in Avengers: Endgame, which is coming out in April.
It opens with an unknown woman sitting in bed and dreaming. She is wearing Kree garb in green. You see her dreams of a great battle and start to wonder is this real or is it really just a dream.
The woman in question is Vers (Brie Larson) and she is a Kree warrior in training. She has powers that most Kree do not possess. She does not get to show most of them until the end of the movie because of a chip behind her ear that suppresses her natural abilities.
Vers starts off in a fighting sequence with Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) who is training her to fight him with her abilities without using her powers. He provokes her to the point she does hit him with a plasma blast from her hand and she is sent to the central intelligence (Annette Bening) of the Kree.
Vers is given a mission from the central intelligence to go with an assault team to a planet to retrieve a spy before the Skrulls can get him.
The Skrulls are a race of beings that can take on the form of anyone they see and have been the mortal enemies for a long time. They have been locked in a war for many years and a scientist hiding on Earth may be the one being that can change the tide of the war.
Vers and Yon-Rogg go on the mission with their team and are ambushed by the Skrulls. The spy is actually the lead Skrull and he captures Vers.
Vers is put into a machine that will retrieve her memories from the past that she has no knowledge of except brief glimpses in dreams. The Skrulls extract the name of the scientist on Earth they are searching for Dr. Wendy Lawson (Annette Bening). She is actually a Kree scientist who developed a drive to defeat the Skrulls.
Vers is left mostly alone upside down and she escapes with her arms still encased in metal so she cannot use her powers. She runs around the Skrull vessel defeating some of the best Skrull warriors until she finally gets her arms free and uses her powers to blow up the vessel. She is forced to jump into an escape pod and fall to Earth.
The escape pod destroys itself on entry and she falls through the roof of a Blockbuster video. Vers talks to a mall security guard sitting in his car and then uses the pay phone to call Yon-Rogg and his team. Yon-Rogg tells her to stay where she is they are coming to get her. He also contacts a young Ronin who is the leader of the defense force and says they will handle it so Ronin does not have to come destroy the planet to get rid of the Skrull invasion.
Vers is stopped by a young Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) who is just a rookie at this time. Fury is the agent in charge and still has both eyes at this time.
All of a sudden, a surfer attacks them and Vers is off in pursuit since this is a Skrull in disguise. There is a huge fight sequence that shows the Vers-Skrull chase and fight on an above-ground subway car. At the same time Fury and Coulson are driving like mad men around the city to keep up with the fleeing Vers and Skrull. It ends with Vers defeating her foe while Coulson calls Fury from the Blockbuster. Fury crashes the car killing the disguised Skrull sitting next to him.
Vers ends up at a bar she vaguely remembers where Fury finds her and they talk. Fury takes her to a secret installation looking for Dr. Lawson. They are forced to break out of the security office and Fury uses a pager (yes a pager since this is from the 1990’s) to call for backup. They find the records room and look for the project Pegasus plans.
They find the information, plans, and pictures. It also reveals that Lawson is dead and a pilot named Carol Danvers (Brie Larson). They died on a test flight gone wrong. The only lead they have is a cat named Goose and another pilot from the project named Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch). The only problem is that the SHIELD backup has arrived with a Skrull leading in disguise.
Fury and Vers are let go by Coulson and they travel to Rambeau’s home to talk to her.
Rambeau turns out to be Vers’ best friend and the one person who can get through to her about her previous life as Carol Danvers. It turns out that the Skrulls and Lawson were in cahoots together and she was looking for a way to find a new home for all the Skrulls by developing a new engine to let them travel outside the known galaxy.
Vers starts remembering things and finally pieces her past together. She and Lawson were on the test flight and a Kree warship was shooting at them. They get shot down and the Kree warrior turns out to be Yon-Rogg who shoots Danvers after she has just blown up the engine he is looking for. He finds part of her dog tags that identifies her as Vers. Hence the name with the Kree.
The Skrulls come to Rambeau’s farm and talk to Danvers and Fury and convince them they are not evil and that Lawson was building the engine for them and her name was really Marvel a Kree scientist trying to stop the war by removing the Skrulls to safety. The Skrulls modify Danver’s stolen plane for spaceflight and she finds Marvel’s hidden lab orbiting Earth.
Inside they find Marvel’s lab and the families of Skrulls that have been hiding there for all this time including Talos’s (Ben Mendelsohn) family.
Yon-Rogg and the assault force show up on the ship and tell Vers to give them the Skrulls. She says she knows everything now and her name is not Vers, it is Captain Marvel. She is the protector of Earth and the Skrulls. If he wants them, they will have to go through her. There is then a huge battle between Captain Marvel and the Kree warriors ending up with the Skrulls being captured and Fury and Goose looking for a way to help.
Captain Marvel is captured by the Kree and her mind is taken to the central intelligence of the Kree where she now understands and finds a way to fight back destroying the central intelligence and breaking loose. Her chip is also destroyed giving her full abilities for the first time since Yon-Rogg kidnapped her from Earth and erased her memories.
Captain Marvel fights the Kree warriors while Fury and Goose attack some of the Kree warriors as it is finally revealed that Goose is not actually a cat. He is a Flerken who has mouth tendrils that shoot out and attack the Kree in his way. Fury is astonished and is not so friendly with the cat from then on.
Goose then eats the power source from Marvel’s ship which is the Tesseract. This is well known from other Marvel movies including Captain America and the Avengers.
Fury, Goose, and the Skrulls then all pile into the spaceship that they came in and try to get away with Rambeau at the controls. Captain Marvel races after Yon-Rogg who is chasing the Skrulls and has called in Ronin to destroy the infected planet Earth. Ronin fires several missiles and Captain Marvel is forced to stop them and deal with Ronin’s forces by flying through one of his ships, destroying it. Ronin is forced to retreat as Marvel threatens him and says she is the protector of Earth.
She then flies after Yon-Rogg. Rambeau through her expert flying is able to destroy the other Kree vessel that is pursuing her and is then attacked by Yon-Rogg. Fury says to Goose he needs to pick a side and stay with it. Goose then scratches Fury in the Eye. This is an important and disappointing part as for years fans have wanted to see how Fury injured his eye. Personally, I was not happy that this was the reason he had the eye patch on.
Captain Marvel knocks his ship out of the air and then talks to him. He challenges her to a hand-to-hand fight but she says, “I have nothing to prove to you.” She them hits him with an atomic blast from her hands. She goes to get him and puts him back in his ship saying “tell the Kree, I am coming for them. All of them.”
Captain Marvel gives Fury his pager back with some improvements where he can contact her if he ever needs to. She then flies to space and leads the Skrulls (in Marvel’s Lab) on a journey to look for a new home away from the Kree.
This is where the movie ends.
The credit scenes are very important because of the upcoming Avengers: Endgame movie coming out on April 26.
Fury at the end of Avengers Infinity War is seen using an ancient pager to call for help as he is dissipating thanks to Thanos. All you see on the pager’s screen is colors for Captain Marvel.
The scene after the movie starts inside the Avengers headquarters where the survivors Captain America, Black Widow, and War Machine are talking about that the pager has stopped
making noise despite them recharging the battery. Then Captain Marvel appears and asks “where is Fury?”
The other credit scene is Goose sitting on director Fury’s desk and coughs up the Tesseract on his desk like a furball. This is important so that it can be used in later movies.
Captain Marvel is in my opinion a great movie that has some slower parts but is very valuable to the Marvel universe in setting up the next phases of the franchise. She is the one who will lead the universe since almost all the previous characters contracts are expiring. It is rumored in Avengers Endgame there may be a big fight scene between Captain Marvel and the remaining Avengers because Fury is missing.
In my opinion a must see for any Marvel fan. Also, look for Avengers Endgame hitting theaters on April 26. I know I will.