As much as I love superhero movies, I was skeptical at first about Captain Marvel. A superhero movie starring a woman just seemed “off” to me for some reason. A woman with super-powered strength, endurance, stamina, physical durability, a precognitive “seventh sense” and resistance to most toxins and poisons? Sorry, I’m just not buying it.
But I was pleasantly surprised by Captain Marvel. 20 minutes into the movie, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) dies and the credits roll. Following this, a 90 minute long post-credits sequence features Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) avenging Captain Marvel’s death by taking on her name and persona to defeat the evil shapeshifting alien Skrulls.
The post-credits sequence has become a Marvel trademark. This kind of thing has annoyed me in the past, because I don’t like to stay for the credits. However, in this case I’m glad I did. It’s certainly one of the best post-credits sequences I have ever seen.
It was also refreshing to see a black male superhero for once. Captain Marvel finally breaks the glass ceiling that has prevented African-Americans from being represented in big budget comic book movies. Though I think they missed an opportunity by not releasing this movie during Black History Month.
For fans of the Nick Fury character, who has appeared in nearly all the Marvel movies since 2008’s Iron Man, there is plenty to love in Captain Marvel. We finally learn how Nick Fury lost his eye, and there’s also plenty of buddy comedy type banter between Fury and Agent Phil Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D.
TL; DR – If you were anxious about the idea of having to suspend disbelief and believe that a woman could have superpowers for two hours, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Carol Danvers dies in the first twenty minutes. Be sure to stick around for the post-credits sequence featuring Nick Fury – it’s worth your time!
What the rest of the critics are saying:
“Marvel Studios has finally sloughed off the vestigial carapace of increasingly unnecessary ‘pre-credits’ action in favor of a feature-length post-credits sequence.” – Nathaneal However, Esquire
“The post-credits sequence is what we all go to Marvel movies for anyway, so the filmmakers are smart to focus all their energy on the most essential part of the shared cinematic universe we now inhabit.” – Alex Abad-Santos, Vox
“It used to be only losers and nerds stayed until the end of the credits. Marvel has revolutionized movies by making us all wait for the names of hundreds of digital compositors to scroll down the screen so we can watch the latest adventures of Nick Fury and Phil Coulson, agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” – Sergio Sykes, Chicago Sun-Times
“Some of the marketing for this movie suggested Brie Larson would be front and center, but the bulk of Captain Marvel’s story takes place during a post-credits sequence starring Samuel L. Jackson.” – Tigran Byrsaylian, Vanity Fair
“Samuel L. Jackson is back, baby, and he’s better than ever!” – Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
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