The Marvels


This movie reignited the Marvel fan in me. I went into this movie with very low expectations but was pleasantly surprised. It reminded me of the Marvel movies of the past. I loved the dynamic between the three main characters and it was also really funny. The cameos and end credit scene had me doing the jumping up and down freaking out thing that I used to do in Marvel movies. It felt like a proper Marvel movie-going experience, one that I haven’t experienced and enjoyed in some time (subtract Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3).

I haven’t seen the show Ms. Marvel yet (don’t worry I’m on it), but I still understood what was happening. I feel like you need to watch Captain Marvel, Avengers: Infinity War/ Endgame and Wandavision to really understand what is happening in the movie. Iman Vellani who plays Ms.Marvel / Kamala Khan is amazing. She is one of my new favourite Marvel characters and I am excited to see her character arch continue. She is funny, relatable, and of course Canadian! I loved the dynamic between Ms.Marvel, Captain Marvel and Captain Rambo, and the acting in the movie was amazing. 

This movie was really funny, the dialogue is quick and clever. I still love Goose the cat and I’m so glad they had more screen time in this movie. The addition of the baby flerkens eating people on the space station to transport them back to Earth was maybe the greatest sequence ever, and a sentence I never thought I would ever type. I loved the cameo from Tessa Thompson and it was cool to see her in a scene with Brie Larson, Iman Vellani, and Teyonah Parris.

In the scene where Monica Rambo is presumed to be dead and re-appears in another universe, I like that she is still alive obviously, but I’m getting sick of this whole multiverse thing. It feels like Marvel has opened a can of worms and doesn’t know how to close it. However, when it is revealed that she is still alive, I do like the idea of her mother also being alive in the other universe and of course the Xmen reveal.

In the end credit scene (spoilers), Kamala seems to be recruiting Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) for some type of team… an Avengers team perhaps (she says hopefully). I think this is a really exciting dynamic to get to see play on screen, and I am genuinely looking forward to it.

The fight scenes were really well choreographed and interesting, which is something I don’t say often, especially when it comes to Marvel movies. Their fight scenes typically feel like the same thing over and over again, but the switching places with their different powers made for very interesting fight scenes between the main characters adn villain, Dar Benn played by Zawe Ashton.

Overall, the story didn’t wow me and it didn’t stray far from what I was expecting the plot to be, but I liked Captain Marvel’s connection to the villain and Dar Benn's reasons for stealing each resource from a planet she has a connection to. It feels like it's been such a long time since the last Captain Marvel movie (2019) that there was a lot I didn’t remember from the original film. Captain Marvel was pre-pandemic. That’s crazy to me. If you haven’t seen the first Captain Marvel movie I definitely think it's a good idea before checking out The Marvels, although there are some flashbacks. I think this is the first well-done Marvel movie in a long time and it feels like time and effort were actually put into this movie. I think they’ve finally got the message that people aren’t just going to go to Marvel movies just because. Go see this movie especially if you have been a fan of the past films and are looking for some hope for the future of the franchise. 


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