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Flashback: Brie Larson Thought Captain Marvel Was a Man - She Wasn't Wrong

Flashback: Brie Larson Thought Captain Marvel Was a Man - She Wasn't Wrong

(She left Earth in 1989 so it's feasible one of the last things she saw was Bruce Willis' mug smirking it up in the Moonlighting finale.) To be clear, she's an entertaining presence, but the film's most powerful moments are steered by other characters. Though the film is precisely engineered to appeal to critics like me - feminist women who came of age in the 1990s - it's a disappointment, from the poorly shot action sequences to a shallowly written hero's journey.

Our titular heroine (Brie Larson) is first introduced in 1995 as Vers, a member of the elite - literally blue-blooded - race of Kree warriors. And then using each other to lean on each other through that type of support, and a recognition of their experience is really special. Clark Gregg returns as Agent Coulson, the greatest unsung Marvel hero.

All these things played earnestly as these characters bond with one another drives the stakes up in a way that we haven't quite seen in many Marvel films before.

At the risk of adding yet another middle-aged white male voice to the critical choir, I find myself in broad agreement with the opinions cited above. And they really like Zachary Levi in the title role.

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But who is she? "She's sarcastic ... a little bit of a mean girl". When a rescue mission goes sideways Vers is abducted by the Skrulls who attempt to search her memory for information they desperately seek, but their efforts also begin to jostle her amnesia in the process.

Goose the Cat injects an element of humor - and surprise - while the movie's '90s setting comes with nostalgic winks at an era without ubiquitous cellphones and with painfully slow broadband connections. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), who became the first woman to pilot a plane in combat after Aspin lifted the ban, said that she had been raped by a superior officer during her time in the Air Force. "I got a friend I want to pick up before we get to doing that, and it's gonna be dope". I just don't engage pets. "And my belief was always that they didn't work not because they were female-led stories - they didn't work because they were not particularly good movies". "You toss something nice to him, give him something to eat again, they love you".

In a speech a year ago, Larson noted that 64 percent of the reviews for Hollywood's 100 top grossing movies in 2017 were written by white men.

Of the decision to set the story more than 20 years in the past, Marvel Studios Director Kevin Feige said at the film's premiere in Hollywood, "We wanted Carol to have her origin all to herself". Larson turned it around and asked her what she thought of the film, and the answer was, "I thought it was incredible ... I love it. I love every single song", Larson marveled. It's nostalgia done right: The jokes are there to be appreciated, but the movie doesn't pander, and the script could have worked just as well if it had been set in the present.