“Captain Marvel,” Stars 1st Female Lead in MCU

BY Christopher Dolan

Staff Reporter

On March 8, the film Marvel’s “Captain Marvel” hit cinemas worldwide.

The movie is about an alien race known as the Kree and their war against another alien race known as the Skrulls.

The film specifically focuses on a Kree Warrior by the name of Vers, played by Brie Larson. After crash landing on earth after a mission gone wrong, she finds out that everything she thought she knew was a lie. With the help of a young Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, she looks to find out about her past that she has forgotten and learns more about the Galactic war that she is involved in.

Students went to see it the week it premiered and found it to be enjoyable.

“I actually enjoyed the movie a little more than I thought I was going to. I expected it to be maybe a little blander. It wasn’t exceptional. It was definitely very good and paced very well, also was only about two hours which I appreciated,” said junior Kevin Doyle.

According to The Associated Press, the film is one of the highest grossing films led by a woman. It made $153 million domestically and $455 million globally within the first weekend of its release.

“Captain Marvel,” is not the first female lead super-hero film to hit theaters. In 2017, DC Comics released “Wonder Woman” which made over $103.3 million in its debut weekend, according to The Associated Press.

“Wonder Woman,” and “Captain Marvel,” have made history in the film industry with their female lead movies.

Students enjoyed the female lead character and believe it is a step in the right direction for Hollywood.

“I believe the ‘Captain Marvel,’ film was brilliantly filmed and satisfactory in its choice of a female lead. Although the storyline was quite vague, I enjoyed the cinematography this film captured and its capability of bringing a viewer, such as myself, into an alternate universe,” said sophomore Meghan McKay. “Seeing a female as a lead role in an action film is rewarding and satisfying. I am thankful for the adjustments Hollywood is beginning to embark on in involving females and changing industry standards.”

“Captain Marvel” was also released on National Woman’s Day.

“I think Marvel did a good thing by releasing the movie on National Women’s Day because it shows that the company takes notice to these things and to bring a female super hero into the picture is amazing,” said junior Dominic Ferranola.

On March 14, Marvel released the official trailer for the upcoming movie, “Avengers: Endgame,” which features Larson’s character.

“I didn’t think Captain Marvel was a great film, but it was definitely fun to finally have a female lead in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) and I’m looking forward to seeing the role that Captain Marvel will play in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame,” said Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies, Sara Ross.

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