It’s been a busy Easter Weekend, so I’m late posting what is going to be a very short post tonight. I’ve been uncling busily with my little niece, playing “my little device,” as she calls my Nintendo 3DS XL. Before that, we had some early Easter celebrating, as well as taking in Captain Marvel, the latest installment in the expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe. Earlier in the morning, we watched a helicopter drop plastic eggs onto a football field, which was pretty cool.
As far as Captain Marvel goes, it was a good flick, despite star Brie Larson’s desire that men not go see it. The title character is definitely a one-dimensional Mary Sue in the vein of Rey from the new Star Wars trilogy, just with a surlier attitude. She goes from being pretty powerful to limitlessly powerful within a very short period of time, and is suddenly repelling high-tech space missiles and flying through entire spaceships.
Other than that—and a slightly dragging third act—it was enjoyable, and sets up the final MCU film, Avengers: Endgame, with some interesting questions. The “grrrrrl power” stuff was a bit on-the-nose, but you know it’s going to be going into it. Getting some of the backstory on Nick Fury is fun, and it really fleshes out his character in the “early days” of the current MCU. That and the mid-90s nostalgia—the movie takes place in 1995—are the best parts.
So, the SJW politics weren’t quite as a ridiculous as I’d been led to believe; it certainly wasn’t as overwrought and insufferable as Star Wars: The Last Jedi (especially Rose—shudder). It’s a fun movie, although I’m concerned that they’ve introduced this god-like, intergalactic, personality-less heroine at the last minute to be Endgame‘s third-wave feminist deus ex machina.
Of course, these are the insignificant complaints of doughy nerdiness. What Marvel does with its stable of characters doesn’t matter too much, although it is annoying to see characters become stand-ins for the writers’ politics. As readers know, I prefer to keep politics out of art except in the most subtle, clever of ways. The best of these superhero movies keep the politics to a minimum, and instead focus on unifying virtues like justice, honor, and courage.
There was plenty of that in Captain Marvel amid the “you go girlism” and pseudo-sci-fi wackiness. It’s worth seeing if you’re invested in the characters; let’s just hope Marvel isn’t selling out to trendy political fashions in the denouement of its storied, lengthy franchise’s main story arc.