Captain Marvel (2019) – Ace Mini-Review

Captain Marvel
Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Lashana Lynch
Written by: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Nicole Perlman, Meg LeFauve
Directed by: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
U.S.A., 2019

How good is this movie?

Another diverting but forgettable Marvel movie. It’s fun in places: I like that Nick Fury finally has a substantial role and enjoy seeing a bit of his softer side. I also like the twist that comes about half-way through the movie. But the story is a bit hard to follow and the jokes tend to be over-written. And I’m now even more confused about the history of the tesseract than I was before!

How ace is this movie?

Carol does not show any interest in sex or romantic relationships, making it easy to imagine her as ace. More significantly, her most important relationship is her platonic friendship with Maria. It is implied that the women lived together and were even raising a child together. Maria’s daughter Monica does not seem to have a father and refers to Carol lovingly as “Aunt Carol”. In fact, the relationship seems easily describable as a “Boston marriage” or a “queerplatonic partnership”. It does not, however, prevent Carol from leaving Maria and Monica behind and flying off to space at the end.

3 Stars; 4 Aces

2 thoughts on “Captain Marvel (2019) – Ace Mini-Review

  1. sildarmillion says:

    Huh, I thought Monica was born after Carol disappeared. I guess I’ll have to find a MCU wiki where they’ve done the math. At any rate, I can definitely see Carol taking on a parental role for Monica, which we will hopefully see in future sequels.


  2. LJ Conrad says:

    It is SO rare to watch a film with a female protagonist who doesn’t indulge in a romantic relationship. In fact, I’m not sure I can even think of another one off the top of my head. So although marvel movies are kind of forgettable, this won a thousand points from me for that refreshing stance alone.

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