Captain Marvel Review: A Reminder of Why We Fell in Love with the Avengers

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Captain Marvel Review: A Reminder of Why We Fell in Love with the Avengers

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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fter the smashing success of Wonder Woman last year, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has presented its first superheroine. Captain Marvel adds Brie Larson to the ever-expanding family of heroes, and provides a peek into the origins of the Avengers. Set in the ’90s, the film packs a nostalgia-heavy punch, buoyed by a peppy, riot-girl soundtrack. We’re also introduced to a young, wide-eyed (and two-eyed) Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson), before he ever learned that superheroes and aliens exist.

Vers (Larson) is of the Kree alien race, made up of “warrior heroes” who are tasked with taking down the Skrulls — shapeshifting aliens who are considered intergalactic terrorists. When she is captured by Skrulls, Vers escapes to Earth, where Fury finds her. But the Skrulls are hot on her heels, shapeshifting into humans and even SHIELD agents, forcing Fury and Vers to team up against them. But whether you’re talking about the Skrulls, the Kree, or Vers herself, nothing is quite what it seems. Even as Vers’ commander warns her against the Skrulls, who forcibly mine her memories, her formidable powers are being controlled by the Kree.

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