Larson and Jackson have terrific buddy-movie chemistry, whether they're giving each other grief or covering each other's behinds.
So, where does Captain Marvel fit into the rankings? Carol gains superhuman powers after an accident (isn't that always the way?), though the movie-directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, best known for their 2006 collaboration Half Nelson-fills in the backstory gradually, in a trickily constructed series of flashbacks. She is told at least 10 times in the first 10 minutes of the film that she needs to control her emotions, mostly by Law.
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All is not what it seems in Carol's world; after being ambushed by the Skrulls, she has a rude awakening and comes crashing down to Earth-literally-sparking a quest to uncover the mysteries of her past. For me it's just like I really love this character, I love Carol, and I think there is a lot of value in it.
Brie Larson, 29, arguably had her best red carpet fashion moment at the LA premiere of Captain Marvel on March 4! If we're going to do more fish-out-of-water humor in superhero movies, it's certainly a wise choice to bring him along for the ride and to nostalgically rib on the frustrations of the Internet during its infancy (floppy disks, unbearably long loading times, and more remind us of darker times and the evolution of technology). I can say that Daisy and Simmons have some really fun, cool stuff together. The movie was long-awaited not just because it is the first female-led film in the MCU, but also because it is expected to answer a lot of questions regarding the events of Avengers: Infinity War. I don't mean real-life people who are doing estimable work every day, like Ruth Bader Ginsburg (although even her recent commodification, through no fault of her own, threatens to flatten some of her dimensions), but virtuous fictional women who are put up before us as a jaunty reminder that "Girls can do anything!" Moving forward, I decided to make sure my press days were more inclusive. There is a scene late, when Larsen conveys Vers' realization of who she is and the strength she had all along, that is as emotionally powerful as any in a Marvel movie. Not to mention, the appropriately 90s soundtrack frequently utilizes songs vocalized by women, including a no-brainer selection during one of the exciting final battles. Pinar Toprak composed the score, while the cinematography is by Ben Davis. Following an accident where she is exposed to Kree technology, she gains powers and later resurfaces as the character Ms. Marvel.
Captain Marvel marks the 21st addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is an origin story unlike any other. But Captain Marvel is set in the past, before the events of Iron Man and The Avengers too. It's a Superman film with a sense of cosmic fun, an origin story in which the origin is as much a mystery to the audience as it is to the character. And it arrives after Black Panther, a tremendously successful film where not only black characters but a multidimensional version of those characters' culture was deservedly celebrated on screen.