The ‘Marvel’ous Box-Office Success

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Despite the controversy surrounding "Captain Marvel," the film itself grossed over $825 million and has 78% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Podcast on Marvel’s ‘Captain Marvel’ by Priscilla Welch

Priscilla Welch

Staff Writer

Just hearing the name Marvel has fans running to the theaters. Its epic blockbusters have been gathering new fans every day. They have sparked new conversations, and deepened the divide between Marvel and DC diehards.

Before you watch “Avengers: Endgame” you have to see Captain Marvel. She is one of the inspirations for the Avengers’ grand journey.

“Captain Marvel” was great and not simply because it was made by Marvel, but because it was a slap in the face for those who thought it would flop at the box office. It was a worldwide success and made over $800 million.

There was a lot of controversy with this movie because Captain Marvel was originally written as a man in the comics.

Before the film was released the public, critics had already decided that the movie was not worth seeing because a woman was playing the role for the big screen event. Not only was a woman replacing a man’s role, her character was portrayed as the strongest Avenger and ultimately the most likely to defeat Thanos.

Critics did not like the fact that she could out-match Thor, Hulk, Dr. Strange, and even the Scarlet Witch and was just recently introduced with such tremendous power.

Personally, I see where they are coming from, but at the same time I like the idea that a women is so powerful. It says a lot about the MCU.

Although Scarlet Witch was a powerful female hero, she was disintegrated at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War.” This opens the floor for another powerful female hero, which Captain Marvel fills.

At the end of the day the controversy should not matter. Every single Avenger has to do their part to defeat Thanos. Half of the universe’s population has been wiped out and this is a calamity that needs avenging.

The integrity of the plot still remains as the three major Avengers – Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man – still have their personal agendas to fulfill.

Apart from the controversial reactions, the film itself was great and explored different facets of the MCU world.

It follows the origin story of Brie Larson’s character, Carol Danvers, famously known as Captain Marvel in a 1995 setting. Originally an extraterrestrial from Kree, named Vers, she leads a double life as an ex-U.S. fighter pilot that was said to have perished in 1989 because of a failed jet engine experiment.

In a fight against Skrulls, and after losing the memories of the Tesseract, Danvers and Nick Fury, from S.H.I.E.L.D., team up to save the world. It’s an action-packed, narratively complex epic that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats.

I thought Nick Fury and Captain Marvel had a dynamic relationship that was interesting to watch. We learned why it took Nick so long to contact Captain Marvel using his pager from the nineties at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Also, we learned how he lost his eye. It was all connected to Captain Marvel and makes a neat connection between “Captain Marvel” and the rest of the Avengers films.

It turns out that Captain Marvel had also inspired Nick Fury’s notion to begin the Avengers. After seeing the benefits of a superhuman like her against hostile aliens, like the Skrull, he realized how Earth would need to defend itself in the future.

Nick Fury takes the name of Captain Marvel’s fighter plane, called the Avenger, and he uses it as the name of the group of heroes he puts together.

Even though Captain Marvel was not the first Avenger, she inspired and contributed to the creation of the group.

Overall, I thought the movie was amazing. All the characters in the film were funny and I loved the connections it made to other films, especially “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The reveal about Yondu’s character was also eye-opening!

This movie is not to be missed and be prepared for the final showdown with Thanos in “Avengers: Endgame.”

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pwelch@live.esu.edu

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