A Marvel to behold: Disney’s ‘Captain Marvel’s’ action, special effects keep audience’s focus despite shaky plot
Actress Brie Larson stars in "Captain Marvel." (Image reprinted with permission from Disney Studios)

Disney’s “Captain Marvel” succeeds as an action-packed origin story to set up the upcoming “Avengers: Endgame” finale due out next month.

It’s no wonder that the two-hour, eight-minute film has become the 13th most successful Marvel movie in North America since its March 8 opening, according to box office statistics.

Captain Marvel (Brie Larson, “Basmati Blues”), an extraterrestrial Kree warrior, is in an intergalactic war with the shape-shifting Skrulls. Along with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson, “Glass”), they begin a quest to find out more about the heroine’s past.

As part of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fury first meets Captain Marvel after her aircraft explodes in outer space with her hanging on for dear life outside the cockpit door and then letting go and landing on Earth. The two eventually end up sitting down at a bar, where they interrogate each other until they realize they have a common enemy to fight.

Throughout the movie, Larson’s character has recurring memories of a past life on Earth as Carol Danvers, and the directors, Anna Boden (“Mississippi Grind”) and Ryan Fleck (“Mississippi Grind”), effectively keep the audience’s interest in finding out how Danvers’ human body ends up merging with the alien Mar-Vell’s Kree DNA.

While the graphics and animation are eye-opening and clear, Marvel’s first female lead is definitely more serious than the antics we see in Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

In the end, the overall plot of the movie could have been better (without giving away any key moments from the movie). But what we do know is the full capabilities of Captain Marvel and what she will bring to the table in “Avengers: Endgame.”

Captain Marvel, whom Marvel comics has billed “Earth’s Mightiest Hero,” is sure to avenge those who have fallen by Thanos’ hand in “Avengers: Infinity War.” Now that would be a marvelous sight to see.

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