Captain Marvel has finally joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Brie Larson headlines as Carol Danvers in this historical debut. Brie is a great fit to play Captain Marvel, but she is only scratching the surface of the character in this film. Largely in part to the relatively inexperienced directors who somehow convinced Marvel Studios they were ready for a movie of this magnitude. They weren’t, and it shows.
As a fan of comic books and Captain Marvel, I had been looking forward to this movie for a long time (even before the pager). I knew there was a need to do some adjusting from the source material going into the movie. Carol Danvers has such a complex and convoluted backstory that there is no way to do it justice in under 10 hours. The simplification of the origin story was necessary, but not some of the changes to fit the social narrative of this movie. Mainly everything to do with Annette Bening needs to be omitted and changed back to their original script. I am sure Annette is a very nice lady, but she does not belong in this movie in any capacity.
Captain Marvel needed to show why Carol Danvers is a complete bad-ass. It needed to let Brie Larson be that bad-ass. The action scenes were too confined, few and far between, and hard to tell what was going on. Captain Marvel has such a grand power-set that having her fight in a tiny room truly limits how awesome she can be. The emotional core of this movie also misfires as attention on young Carol should have been front and center to give more weight and motivation. These two directors shoulder the blame on what should have been an epic introduction. An incredible actress like Brie in the hands of the Russos has limitless potential. Avengers: End Game will be her true introduction into the MCU.