In a world where we are still fighting fiercely for basic equal rights, The Marvels brings us ‘Girl Power’ in all its magnificent glory – even when things go wrong. This highly anticipated superhero flick delivers on all fronts keeping viewers captivated from beginning to end.
Director Nia DaCosta throws us straight in; giving us enough to work with without spoon feeding. Following Carol Danvers, our beloved Captain Marvel, after taking back her identity from the oppressive Kree and seeking vengeance against the Supreme Intelligence, she finds herself dealing with unforeseen repercussions that threaten to destabilise the universe. As part of her duties, Carol is led to an abnormal wormhole that connects her with Kamala Khan, a super-fan from Jersey City who goes by the name Ms. Marvel, and her estranged niece, Monica Rambeau, who is now a S.A.B.E.R. astronaut. The result is a fusion of their powers that could have profound consequences. Forming a new team, The Marvels, together these three powerhouses must face off against a powerful enemy who threatens to destroy the world as we know it.
Over time, it has been widely discussed that Marvel movies are becoming increasingly interconnected; resulting in a situation where those who haven’t kept up with every installment may struggle to comprehend yet another narrative journey these characters embark on. DaCosta has decided to embrace this notion rather than attempting to over-explain and burden the viewers with unnecessary exposition. This approach leads us to one of the standout aspects of this film being the way it explores the relationships between its characters. The bond between Carol Danvers and Kamala Khan is a joy to watch unfold on screen. Both individuals are charismatic, strong-willed, and independent, but they also share a deep understanding of what it means to be a hero. As they work together to save the world, we see their friendship grow and evolve in meaningful ways.
At the same time, this also touches on some heavier themes, such as the cost of heroism and the sacrifices that come with it. These moments of reflection give the film a depth and emotional weight that is often missing from other superhero films with special thanks to female composer Laura Karpman who successfully scores this tale with a seesaw of varying emotions.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Marvel movie without some truly epic action sequences, and The Marvels certainly delivers on that front. From aerial dogfights to hand-to-hand combat, the fight scenes in this film are nothing short of spectacular. With jaw-dropping special effects, adrenaline-pumping fight scenes married with inventive choreography is sure to thrill your senses. But what really sets this film apart is its heart, with themes of family, friendship, and sacrifice woven seamlessly throughout the plot.
As always, Brie Larson delivers an exceptional performance, bringing depth and complexity to her superhero jumpsuit wearing hero. Joining her are newcomers Iman Vellani and Zawe Ashton, who shine in their respective roles as Kamala Khan and Lorelei. Not forgetting the wonderful addition of the archetypical traditional Indian mother, who after her daughter has just saved the Universe can’t help herself but drop hints, she would like some Grandkids and soon. Samuel L. Jackson is clearly having the time of his live here, actually getting Nick Fury’s feet on the ground and not being stuck on a screen or down a phone somewhere.
All in all, The Marvels is a fantastic addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With its strong performances, engaging storyline, and feline-induced action (that will please all Star Trek Tribble Fans), it’s a film that is sure to please both casual fans and die-hard Marvel enthusiasts alike.