Captain Marvel is a 2019 superhero film written/directed by Anna Boden (Sugar, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Mississippi Grind, & Billions) & Ryan Fleck (The Affair, In Treatment, ESPN 30 for 30, & Half Nelson). It’s based off the “Kree-Skrull War” storyline from the early 70s. It was originally developed in 2013. This is a prequel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe & it features a variety of characters from past films. It was produced by Stan Lee (The Avengers franchise, Iron Man franchise, Spider-Man franchise, Blade franchise, & X-men franchise), Kevin Feige (Black Panther 1/2, Guardians of the Galaxy 1/2, Thor franchise, & Captain America franchise), & Louis D’Esposito (Doctor Strange, Agent Carter, Ant-Man 1/2, & Black Widow). It had a $175 million budget & it grossed $1.128 billion wordwide at the box office!!!!
In 1995 on the Kree Empire’s capital planet of Hala, Starforce member Vers (played by: Brie Larson from Room, Avengers: Endgame, Kong: Skull Island, & Free Fire) suffers from amnesia & recurring nightmares involving an older woman. Yon-Rogg (played by: Jude Law from Sherlock Holmes 1/2, Gattaca, The Talented Mr. Ripley, & Road to Perdition), her mentor & commander trains her to control her abilities while the Supreme Intelligence urges her to keep her emotions in check. During a mission to rescue an undercover operative infiltrating a group of Skrulls lead by Talos (played by: Ben Mendelsohn from Animal Kingdom, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Ready Player One, & The Dark Knight Rises). A probe of Vers’s memories leads them to Earth. Vers escapes & crash-lands in Los Angeles. Her presence attracts S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Nick Fury (played by: Samuel L. Jackson from Unbreakable, the Marvel franchise, Pulp Fiction, & Kingsman: The Secret Service) & Phil Coulson (played by: Clark Gregg from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Avengers, Iron Man 1/2, & Thor). Vers recovers a crystal containing her extracted memories. Talos, disguised as Fury’s boss Keller orders Fury to work with Vers & keep tabs on her. Using her extracted memories, Vers & Fury go to the Project Pegasus installation at a U.S. Air Force base. They discover Vers was a pilot presumed to have died in 1989 while testing an experimental jet engine designed by Dr. Wendy Lawson (played by: Annette Bening from American Beauty, Bugsy, The Grifters, & Mars Attacks!), whom Vers recognizes as the woman from her nightmares. Fury discovers that Talos was disguised as his boss & helps Vers escape in a cargo jet with Lawson’s stowaway cat Goose. They fly to Louisiana to meet former pilot Maria Rambeau (played by: Lashana Lynch from Bond 25, Fast Girls, Powder Room, & Brotherhood). Rambeau & her daughter Monica (played by: Akira Akbar) reveal that Vers is actually Carol Danvers. Talos catches up with them & Carol finds out nothing is what it seems as she starts to remember her past. Who can she trust now????
If you grew up in 90s or you are just a fan of that time period then you are going to love Captain Marvel! 90s nostalgia is jammed packed in this superhero film. Everything from the scenery which includes a Blockbuster Video to a very fun soundtrack that’s loaded with hits from those days that takes you back to that time. This is one of the funnest Marvel productions so far. It’s a throwback to the popular sub genre & it introduces the world to a powerful female character. It takes a minute for some serious action here but the finale is a blast. It has a perfect balance of comedy with more than a few laugh out loud moments. Brie Larson, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, & Samuel L. Jackson all had great performances in Captain Marvel. Nick Fury finally got some real screen time in a M.C.U film & it’s awesome to see him get a bigger role after all this time. It also features a few characters from past Marvel features like Phil Coulson plus Ronan & Korath from Guardians of the Galaxy. Goose was my favorite character from the movie & I really hope Goose ends up in other projects from Marvel in the future. This was definitely different from everything else in the same universe & It was beyond entertaining. The replay value is off the charts here, I personally think it gets better & better with each viewing, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!
Let’s talk about the high definition presentation from Disney! This 1080p (2.39:1) transfer looks stunning on blu ray, I can only image what the 4K looks like! It captures the 90s perfectly here & it brings back memories from then. It has a good balance of both earth & space so it has some crazy visuals that shine in HD. It has 4 different audio tracks which includes English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1, & Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1 on the release. The dialogue is very clean, all the action has a nice boost to it, & the killer soundtrack is elevated on it. Captain Marvel sounds amazing in my home set up, one of the best releases all year when it comes to that department. It also has English SDH, French, Portuguese, & Spanish subtitles.
Let’s discuss the special features from Disney! “Audio Commentary” with directors Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck. They talk about Stan Lee plus his cameo in this. They chat about the training for the production. They bring up the various cast members & their roles in this. They go over filming Captain Marvel & cover lots of scenes from the film during this. Ryan Fleck says he used to work at a Blockbuster. They explain how they made Samuel L. Jackson look younger in this. They point out references & influences from the movie like French Connection. They bring up the 90s soundtrack & why they used these songs. They chat about the chemistry between the cast. They mention the comics & certain scenes were pulled directly from them. They talk about the visual effects & the locations where they filmed at. Lots of info here, they both have chatting about their experience on this production. “Intro” with directors Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck is almost 2 minutes. “Becoming a Super Hero” is almost 7 minutes. It has interviews with directors Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, & lead actor Brie Larson. They chat about the actress & her taking on this major character. It goes behind the scenes & they talk about her training for it. They bring up finally doing a live action version of the role. “Big Hero Moment” is a little over 3 minutes. It has interviews with directors Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, lead actor Brie Larson, & various producers. They dive deeper into the Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel character. They cover what she goes through during this feature. “The Origin of Nicky Fury” is a little over 3 minutes. It has interviews with actors Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., & Chris Hemsworth. They chat about how important the character is in this universe. It shows several scenes from other Marvel films featuring Fury. They say this feature is kinda like his own origin movie also. “The Dream Team” is almost 3 minutes. It focuses on the writers/directors of the Captain Marvel. “The Skrulls and the Kree” is a little over 3 minutes. It has interviews with directors Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, lead actors Brie Larson, Jude Law, & Ben Mendelsohn. They chat about the differences in the two lifeforms. They talk about the changes both groups go through in the film. It goes over their rivalry with each other. “Hiss-Sterical Cat-Titude” is a little over 3 minutes. It has interviews with various cast & crew members. It starts out with a funny fake trailer. They say production demanded more of this character after the original script was turned in so they made sure to add more material for Goose. They mention it was mainly one cat playing the role named Reggie. They chat about the character plus show some clips from the clip. “Deleted Scenes” is almost 9 minutes, it includes Who Do You Admire Above All Others?; Starforce Recruits; Heading to Torfa; ‘What, No Smile?;’ Black Box; & Rookie Mistake. “Gag Reel” is a little over 2 minutes & it features some hilarious moments. It also has a slipcover & a digital code. It was released in various formats including 4K & DVD plus it had a few store exclusives. It’s available everywhere right now, CHECK IT OUT!!!!