* * * B
Captain Marvel got a lot of hate due to misandric and racist statements made by it’s star, Brie Larson. I was very unimpressed with the character in Avengers: Endgame. But while I’m not on board with Captain Marvel becoming the new “face of the MCU”, I found her stand alone origin story quite enjoyable.
The story begins with “Vers” being trained by the alien Kree to fight in the war against the shape shifting Skrulls. She is separated from her commander, Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), and captured by the Skrulls, who attempt to read her earliest memories, which turn out to be of Earth.
Vers escapes and falls to Earth, where she teams up with young Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to rescue Dr. Wendy Lawson (Annette Benning) from the Skrulls who are hunting her, led by Talos (Ben Mendelsohn). She reunites with her best friend, Maria (Lashana Lynch) and Maria’s daughter Monica, and regains memories of her human identity, Carol Danvers.
In the third act, the true villains of the story are revealed, and Danvers must use her powers to fight them and prevent them from destroying the earth. It turns out that the entire conflict has revolved around the tesseract, which is the container of one of the infinity stones.
The film isn’t without its problems, but Larson is not one of them. The story is somewhat heavy handed in its moralizing, but it works. Jackson’s Fury acts as a welcome comedic foil to Larson’s bemused humour. Mendelsohn is excellent, and Law and Benning give solid performances. While not nearly at the level of Avengers: End Game, this is an entertaining movie.