Let’s get this out of the way, that Rotten Tomatoes score is too low.
This film is extremely fun, fast-paced and at times cookie cutter, but is an audience pleaser. Marvel Studios newest film, “The Marvels,” continues the MCU’s fifth phase by giving an actual character to Captain Marvel, a unique switching mechanic, and introduces Iman Vellani’s “Ms. Marvel” and Teyonah Parris’s “Photon” to the movie-going masses, and lots of kitties!
Taking place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s present day, the film follows Captain Marvel, played by Brie Larson, who becomes literally and figuratively entangled with the heroes of Ms. Marvel and Photon. Together, these three heroes go on a spacefaring adventure to stop an evil Kree known as Dar-Benn from destroying space and time. We’re gonna be honest, just remembering the name of that villain was a miracle with how forgettable she was. You can tell that the story was less about the villain and more about the three leading characters' chemistry and how they bounce off one another. Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury is also featured, but he is more of a side character rather than one of the main ones.
Let us also quell one of the fears people have about this film, you DO NOT have to see three television shows on Disney Plus to understand the story. You don't really need to see “Captain Marvel” either, the film spells everything out, making the show more of an aperitif for the movie, rather than a necessary side dish.
Overall, the film is fun, and that is all it should be. Is it an instant classic like other Marvel movies? Absolutely not. Nonetheless, you won’t regret watching the movie. We all understand that now as we live with COVID-19, films need to be massive memes or events for them to get butts in seats. This film was not one of them, but if you can ignore all of the haters towards Brie Larson, and “woke Disney,” etc, you will find a fun zippy paced film that is sure to bring a smile to your face and have your jaw on the floor with a mid-credit scene that sets up the coming films.
7.5 Flerkerns out of 10
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