Why is DC’s Shazam called the original Captain Marvel?

Whiny babies are upset that there is a female superhero leading a Marvel film.

Associated Press seems to feel around the same as NPR, though while NPR seemed perfectly content to get more of the same, AP was underwhelmed, calling the film an "average introduction". But once she connects, she connects hard. According to Deadline, industry estimates are projecting a $100 million opening weekend debut for Captain Marvel. She's tortured for information about a previous life she's unable to remember, then rescues herself only to crash-land into a Blockbuster Video on Earth circa 1995.

Though both are immediately drawn to the cat in the film, the actors Larson and Jackson weren't as enamored with their feline co-star. As a longtime Marvel fan, I was thrilled to see the Skrulls finally make it to the big screen. It's a formula that has been tried and tested since Iron Man blew up the scene in 2008, and has been overused by the studio to the point of fatigue.

That being said, there's a lot of creative wiggle room within that formula, and luckily, Captain Marvel uses that wiggle room to its full advantage, hitting those beats while finding a story that soars (as it says) higher, further, and faster than those before it. It goes something like this: Hero undergoes traumatic experience that gives them extraordinary abilities. There, she meets a pre-eyepatch Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson, his skin made young and plasticky by what now passes for movie magic) and reconnects with an old Air Force colleague, Maria Rambeau, played by Lashana Lynch, who has some of the finest moments in the film-maybe because she's entrusted with the job of just being a real person instead of a walking signboard for all womankind's total, ass-kicking awesomeness. She has been training with her Kree overseer Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) for battle in the war with the Skrulls, and the Skrulls have designs on Earth. Additionally, the Skrulls will appear for the first time in the MCU, as they will lock horns with Carol Danvers.

John Campea states, "An important Marvel movie that connects a lot of dots the MCU has generated over 20+ films". But, all of that seems to be behind us, as the last few stills from the film have given us enough evidence of the badass superhero. She is ideal as Carol, and the character is never once sexualized.

But Larson was unaware that even though she was playing the strongest hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she didn't need to do all her own stunts.

"She's insane strong", Larson says, chuckling.

Featuring top-notch supporting performances from Annette Benning, Gemma Chan and Jude Law, the true standout here is Brie Larson.

The heart comes as Vers begins to piece together her past.

Larson's primary co-star is Samuel Jackson. This latest Marvel Studios expansion pack stars Oscar victor Brie Larson as an amnesiac.

I was mostly going to keep quiet about my general "meh" about it, because with all the anti-Brie Larson sentiment, I honestly didn't feel it was necessary to join in, but reading the highly negative reviews (mostly written by men), I just feel like sometimes we forget that we are allowed to think something is "meh" without labeling it as bad. Mendelsohn also gives Talos an unexpected depth.

For clarification, Captain Marvel would still be an above average, fairly worthwhile entry into the extended universe without that climactic demonstration of planet-saving destruction, but numerous plot beats here are familiar and predictable.

After ten years and twenty films, Marvel Studios finally-let me repeat, finally-has its first female superhero standalone film.

  • Salvatore Jensen