The Marvels Review: Better But Not Really

The Marvels focusses on Captain Marvel, Ms Marvel and Monica Rambeau as their powers get entangled and they team up to stop a threat stealing planets resources.

The Marvels Characters/ Roast

Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), the “strongest” Avenger, investigates a planetary threat and encounters a mysterious light, leading her to join forces with other heroines. This collaboration between the heroines was the highlight of the movie. Captain Marvel, when on her own, appears angry and confused, but being part of a team this time around helped both her and the audience to experience a more dynamic and engaging storyline, rather than just watching her with a constant expression of frustration. She has definitely calmed down a bit, wearing form-fitting clothes and singing, of all things. It’s almost like a twisted young adult fanfiction come to life. In this version, Captain Marvel is known as the Annihilator, and for good reason. She single-handedly destroyed an entire AI system that kept the Kree in check, along with their resources. Essentially, she dismantled the matrix and disrupted the system, leaving the movie villain Dar-Benn seeking revenge. Captain Marvel is really the movie’s villain due to the amount of screw ups and her lackluster efforts to rectify the damage she causes. It is mind numbing how she could destroy a planet’s sun without anticipating any consequences or someone seeking her out to address the issue.

Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani)is a young Avenger who possesses a cosmic bangle granting her light-based abilities. She represents the epitome of a teenager with powers, yearning to join a team of heroes. However, Kamala often put her family at risk by using her powers around them, despite the knowledge that she could switch places with another heroine. In one pivotal moment of the movie, she uncovers that the villain possesses an identical bangle to hers and is warned not to let the villain obtain it. Unfortunately, she disregards the advice and the consequences lead to the villain tearing a hole through space and time. Kamala was feeling confident and determined when she visited Kate Bishop, also known as the female Hawkeye, to discuss recruiting Ant-Man’s daughter for an all-girls youth Avengers team.

Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris)acquired her powers through a witch’s hex and finds herself entangled in this complicated situation. Monica and Captain Marvel share a family history, but like any family ties, their relationship has become strained. Monica’s negative feelings towards Captain Marvel are not entirely the fault of Captain Marvel herself, but rather a problem that Monica may need to address with the help of a therapist. Having a childhood idol and feeling disappointed when they break a promise is already upsetting. However, experiencing the loss of existence and returning only to discover that your mother has passed away is incredibly distressing. It serve as a compelling backstory for a character like Monica, who embodies the concept of a magical negro. When Nick Fury uses the phrase “black girl magic” to inspire Monica to take flight, it adds an extra layer of empowerment. Towards the end of the film, when a rift opens between time and space, the magical negro character makes a sacrifice to save the world. In Monica’s case, considering what she had to live for, her career, I would’ve made the same decision. However, her reward was being transported to a different universe where she was reunited with a woman who resembled her mother and happened to be Captain Marvel in that universe. Adding to the confusion, it is not disclosed whether this Captain Marvel was the one who was destroyed by Scarlet Witch in “Multiverse of Madness”.

The Marvels Thoughts

The Marvels isn’t as disappointing as the first one, but unfortunately, that doesn’t really improve its overall quality. In a world where superhero films are becoming increasingly common, this movie adds fuel to the fire of audience fatigue. The search for compelling villains falls short, and Captain Marvel created a problem, provoking another woman, Dar-Benn, to take action. It’s frustrating to see that male characters are not allowed to express their anger or pose a genuine threat. I fail to see the purpose of this movie and how it will contribute to the broader multiversal storytelling of the MCU. We have already seen X-Men characters and a black female Captain Marvel on screen before, and the results ended terribly. It goes without saying that I am not against superheroine movies or uplifting women. However, it should not be at the expense of downplaying men or portraying them as useless. Nick Fury’s character has been on a downward trend since being snapped, and hearing him utter the line “black girl magic” could have provoked a strong reaction from Samuel L. Jackson, as he is known for his passionate tirades. The subplot involving the goose and the kittens swallowing the crew on the space station was entertaining. It was also enjoyable to witness the women learning how to use their powers and switching positions. The concept of a planet where Captain Marvel was a queen to a South Korean actor (Park Seo-joon) and their only means of communication was through singing struck me as one of the most dumbest things I’ve seen this year. Even in their attempts at portraying feminist ideals, it seems they still rely on assistance from men, only those they choose to engage with.

The marvels gets a 2 out of 10

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