- By MICHAEL JACOBO
- Photo Courtesy of MARVEL
Move over Iron Man and Spider-Man, there’s a new superhero coming to town. Marvel’s long-awaited Captain Marvel, their first female-led superhero film, crash lands to theaters this month. The film follows the titular hero, AKA Carol Danvers, a former US fighter pilot, who develops super powers and finds herself in the center of a galactic war.
Sounds familiar, but the film — again, Marvel’s first female-led film — is sure to be a breath of fresh air. Brie Larson (who won an Oscar for her role in Room) stars as Danvers, whom she describes as a “believer in truth and justice). The film is set in 1995, preceding all the other films in the MCU, except of course for Captain America: The First Avenger. Also starring are Samual L. Jackson (who reprises his Nick Fury role), Ben Mendelsohn (as the scene-stealing villain, Talos), and Djimon Hounsou as Korath, reprising the same role from 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Marvel was struggling to find a suitable strong female character for their first female-led film. Options included Black Widow, a secondary character among the Avengers; and even Peggy Carter, who made her introduction in Captain America and even led her own ABC series, Agent Carter. I am actually relieved that Marvel decided to introduce a new character for this installment, rather than rehash or re-introduce a character. I have a good feeling Captain Marvel won’t just be another good superhero flick.
“Captain Marvel” hits theaters March 8th.