Let's Talk: CAPTAIN MARVEL

By: Kate Ludewig (@Katezor)

Prutha S. Patel (@PSPatel)

The highly anticipated 21st entry to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, CAPTAIN MARVEL, since release has now become the latest film to join the BILLION DOLLAR CLUB!

So let’s talk about it!

Be wary, True Believers, spoilers ahead.

The ‘90s
Generally:

Prutha: I couldn’t get enough of the ‘90s throwbacks and tech! From the Blockbuster the marketing featured in the trailer/promos, the time period was something I’d been looking forward to. Although my memory of the time period is seen from kid goggles, the pre-Redbox era in general was a different time. I do recall late fees getting me into trouble with the parents. Yikes! Probably one of my favorite scenes in the movie is the “What’s happening” loading screen scene. Legitimately laughed at that scene both times I’ve seen the movie.

Kate: I love that this movie was set in the ‘90s. Very timely as all of us ‘90s kids are currently salivating for the nostalgia of our youth after being consistently blasted with ‘80s throwbacks over the past couple decades. To echo Prutha, the loading screen scene was a perfect and hilarious nod to the decade that brought us the world wide web.

Music:

Prutha: Unfortunately, soundtrack wise, I think I got edged out of the music a bit because I didn’t know all of the tracks placed in the movie. Whoops! I have some work to do. Kate, don’t be mad.

Huge shout out to Pinar Toprak, the first woman to score an MCU movie! Although I’m no music expert, I’ve listened to it a few times now and Captain Marvel’s theme (Track #1), “Breaking Free” (#7) and “I’m All Fired Up” (#20) are now included in my workout playlist! [Also something I’d like to make note of, during the car chase scene (Track #8 - “Hot Pursuit”), you can hear a sort of throwback vibe to it and I caught myself nodding along during the movie.] The score really set the mood perfectly, didn’t matter if it was on Earth or in space. I predict I’ll be diving back into this in the very near future. If you haven’t taken the time to listen to the score isolated, please do.

Kate: I couldn’t get enough of the music in this movie. While I don’t think Captain Marvel quite achieved the symbiotic soundtrack status Guardians of the Galaxy was able to do, there were a few music moments I absolutely loved. Brie Larson scream-singing “Kiss Me Deadly” at karaoke holds a special place in my heart as I have always wanted to be that bad ass, talented girl confidently nailing Lita Ford. And ending the film with an angry bang by playing Hole’s “Celebrity Skin” was, *chef’s kiss,* beautiful.

Characters in the ‘90s:

Prutha: In terms of Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in 1995: WOW. What a delightful thing to see. I couldn’t help but think about how when Iron Man (2008) came out, which was our first introduction to Fury...by that point, Fury is an experienced agent of SHIELD. The wise cracks always had a bit more bite to them because we all understood how seasoned he was. Coulson in Captain Marvel is a brand new recruit and Fury is essentially not the totally hardened guy we see “later.” Not going to lie, I really adored both of them in this movie, we’ve never been able to see either the way this movie shows each.  

Kate: Coulson’s SHIELD origin story was a fun subplot throughout the movie. I could probably watch a fair amount of footage of him and Fury developing their relationship with all the hijinks and snarky comments along the way (especially since this would give me more ‘90s content). A two-eyed and youthful Fury was an entertaining contrast to the present-day Fury we have been introduced to.  

Prutha: Speaking of, I miss Marvel One-Shots! I’d be so down for a Fury/Coulson Marvel One-Shot to expand on their ‘90s set dynamic.

Kree/Skrull Conflict

Prutha: I really loved the continued exploration of the Kree and Skrulls. As Clark Gregg phrased it best, they’re “skrullin’” it! Although we’ve seen the Kree multiple times before, both on Agents of SHIELD (soon to kick off its sixth season in May) and Guardians of the Galaxy, it didn’t feel any bit tired seeing more of their story in Captain Marvel. For one, it gave us further insight into their homes and experiences. I’m not sure how much their involvement will exist in terms of Avengers: EndGame, but I’d definitely be down for some side adventures through shorts? To reiterate: I miss Marvel One-Shots!

Kate: As a very casual Marvel observer (aka I have only watched the movies), Captain Marvel provided excellent context and background on the Kree, and introduced me to the Skrulls. I feel like I have a more well-rounded view of the universe. Definitely game for those side adventures that Prutha mentions!


Captain Marvel - Brie Larson

Prutha: Brie Larson is an actress that I think of in primarily two regards in my mind. This is simply because the two movies I think of regularly with her in mind are, 1) Scott Pilgrim v. The World and 2) Room. So from wacky (but highly entertaining) to rightfully super serious, I think she found a really interesting middle area to have Carol Danvers reside. When she can help it, Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers takes no crap from anyone and I can’t wait to see her role with the Avengers in Avengers: EndGame. I need a Steve (Chris Evans)/Carol/Peter (Tom Holland) meet-up scene. Like, I need that. “Captain.” “Captain.” Give it to me.

Kate: I loved loved loved watching Brie Larson as Captain Marvel. She was confident and snarky, and someone I would definitely want on my side in a fight. I could see myself actually being friends with Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers. She’s the person I call when I want a guaranteed GOOD night out. Very excited to see her interact with the rest of the Avengers crew (well… who’s left of it anyway, womp womp) in EndGame and beyond.

Prutha: She’s also soon to make her directorial debut with Unicorn Store on Netflix (available 04/05/19)! It stars Brie and reunites her with Captain Marvel co-star, Samuel L. Jackson. What a year!

Connection to EndGame - Mid-Credits + Post-Credits Scenes

Mid-Credits Scene

What Happened??

In the mid-credits scene we see the pager Captain Marvel gave to Fury “for emergencies only,” stop beeping. Steve/Captain America (Chris Evans) and Natasha/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) are seen watching an ongoing tally screen of the millions lost after Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) snap (insert crying emoji). Rhodes (Don Cheadle) enters the room to tell both that the beeper has stopped working. Natasha points out to the room, now with Bruce/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) present, that Fury clearly knew what he was doing when he turned the pager on, followed by Steve telling them they need to recharge the pager and get the signal beacon back on. As Natasha begins to exit the room, standing behind is her none other than...Captain Marvel.

Prutha: Ok ok ok. So for YEARS we all knew a scene like this would be coming. We all understood Carol needed to be brought to the future/present and meet up with the now assembled (well, remaining) Avengers to beat Thanos. But did this punch me in the face? It sure did. I’ve begun to refer to my reaction to this as turtling, which Kate had the distinct privilege of witnessing in person. It made me just hit pause everything, to sit in silence. To process. And tear up. *internally screams forever*

Kate: GIVE THIS TO ME, GIVE IT TO ME NOW.

Post-Credits Scene - A STAR IS BORN

What Happened??

Goose upchucks the tesseract on Fury’s desk. Not even joking, that’s the scene. Send tweet.

Prutha: I’m not a cat person but my GAWD. A Star WAS born in this movie. We must protect that Flurkin at all costs.

Kate: Finally, cats are getting theirs. As a lifelong cat lady and cat defender, what a TREAT it was to watch a film finally feature a perfect little furry-baby-bubber-bud in a positive and heroic light. Looking forward to Goose saving us all in EndGame.  


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