An amnesiac superhero sifts through her past.
Larson’s future Avenger
Marvel’s blockbuster movies have been surprisingly inventive lately, but “sadly, that streak is over,” said David Sims in TheAtlantic.com. Though the studio’s first woman-led superhero movie is a huge hit, it “feels a little routine”—a prologue to April’s Avengers: Endgame rather than a must-see. In Brie Larson, the film has an “incredibly gifted” star, but because she’s been asked to play a heroine with amnesia, she “doesn’t have much of an actual character to play.” She’s initially unaware of her past, let alone her future as Captain Marvel, and is working in a team of space cops. After a mission lands her back on Earth, she bumps into Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and eventually figures out that she’s actually U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. Latasha Lynch pops up to play a long-lost friend of Danvers’, and that warm relationship “instantly becomes the pulse of the movie,” said Melissa Leon in TheDailyBeast.com. Marvel had needed a girl-power spectacle as much as it needed a setup for Endgame, said Shana O’Neil in TheVerge.com. In the end, “Captain Marvel gets its many jobs done, and it looks pretty good doing it.” ■