I watched The Marvels on opening weekend, and I’m not going to lie, I really enjoyed this film. This film has a lot of heart, fun, and surprisingly a lot of good action. The film apparently didn’t get a lot of good praise, but I’m gonna be one of the few reviewers to shed some light on this darkness. I’m not paid or whatever to give it praise, I just genuinely like the film, but it does have problems that I will bring up.
In Marvel Studios’ The Marvels, Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel has reclaimed her identity from the tyrannical Kree and taken revenge on the Supreme Intelligence. But unintended consequences see Carol shouldering the burden of a destabilized universe. When her duties send her to an anomalous wormhole linked to a Kree revolutionary, her powers become entangled with that of Jersey City super-fan Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, and Carol’s estranged niece, now S.A.B.E.R. astronaut Captain Monica Rambeau. Together, this unlikely trio must team up and learn to work in concert to save the universe as The Marvels.
I enjoyed the story of the film. It was short & sweet, also the film was straightforward. Monica, Carol, and Kamala Khan had amazing chemistry on screen and tying these character’s stories and what they went through worked incredibly well. This film had some some good emotional moments, and I even laughed at some of the scenes in the film. Also, I liked how the film was able to link all 3 powers together because I thought it was genius and you can tell they were having a lot of fun with it.
What I loved a lot was Monica becoming such an incredible hero throughout the film, especially in the final acts of the movie. Monica is my Captain Marvel, so you know I had to give her some special praise, I love the character. Also, Kamla Khan at this rate is the heart of the MCU, she was a show stealer for me in a lot of the scenes, and I’m excited for what they’re setting up for her in the future of the MCU.
OK, so now let’s talk about my problems. I enjoyed Carol Danvers in this movie, but the way she was written felt like she was second fiddle to everyone. This is technically a sequel to Captain Marvel, so it felt weird that she didn’t feel like she was on equal footing with Monica and Kamala. This also leads to my other problem because the scenes where the Kree was calling her an “annihilator,” should’ve been fleshed out more than little tidbits of flashbacks. I think those scenes could’ve been added, again, the film is short and sweet but I believe it could’ve worked wonders fleshing out some parts of the story.
And my last problem with the film was the villain. Don’t get me wrong, Dar-Benn had good motivation, but the film doesn’t give me enough to care. When I walked out of the theater the first thing I said to my friend “I don’t even know the villain’s name,” which to me makes her the weakest part of the film.
Another thing I feel like I should bring up, which is not a problem for me but more so for casuals of the MCU, I can see how keeping up with the shows to understand a film could be annoying. Disney/Marvel Studios can’t just assume that people have seen Ms. Marvel and WandaVision because to a casual watcher they basically came out of thin air. I watch all the MCU stuff, and even I find it a bit tedious to do. With the lesser MCU projects, I think it’ll give a lot of breathing room for both hardcore and casual fans.
The cast was great in The Marvels! The chemistry between Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, and Iman Vellani are just amazing. Hell, I’ll even watch them together even if it wasn’t for an MCU film. All three of these actresses did amazing in all the moments they were given in this movie, especially Iman. Zawe Ashton, even though I would love to see her character fleshed out more, she killed the role as Dar-Benn. I got to give Samuel L. Jackson praise too because he’s one of the reasons I laughed a lot in the movie, his delivery always landed with me (Secret Invasion should’ve released after this film FYI).
The Marvels is produced well. The camera work and the action scenes were all so badass because every time there was an action scene in the film I got hyped up. The score in the movie was great too because music makes the movie, in my opinion, and this film had good choices in music. Speaking of music, the film has a musical number and I wished it was longer, it was good and got a good laugh from me. The VFX were also good too, which is great to see, especially when we’ve been hearing problems about overworking artists and not being able to give 100% because the studio kept pushing them hard with little pay.
The Marvels is just fun all around and a full-on comic book film. The film does have its problems but I wasn’t bothered by it, I had a grin almost the whole movie. Amazing cast and crew, and it’s going to be fun to see where the MCU takes these characters in the future.
I recommend watching The Marvels