The MARVELous Universe

Destiny Montgomery, Editor in Chief

I have many obsessions: sweet tea, books, “Dance Moms” and most importantly: the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As of now, there are 25 movies and four Disney+ series. Not all of the movies were released in the timeline order, so Disney+ has a feature where fans can watch the movies in the specific order. The second movie in the timeline order: “Captain Marvel,” was released on March 4, 2019. Spoiler alerts ahead:

Actress Brie Larson plays Carol Danvers, also known as Captain Marvel. Another important character in the movie is Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson. The movie takes place in 1995 and starts on a planet called Hala. A girl named Vers, who doesn’t really remember her past, is a part of the Starforce in the Kree Empire. She keeps having nightmares involving an old woman, and the Supreme intelligence of the Kree warns her to keep her emotions together. 

While working for Ronan the Accuser, Vers is kidnapped by a group of beings called Skrulls, who are essentially alien shapeshifters and also fighting against the Kree. She escapes from the Skrulls and lands on Earth, specifically into the roof of a Blockbuster, which gets the attention of S.H.I.E.L.D agents Nick Fury and Phil Coulson. 

Vers and Fury end up agreeing to work together to stop the Skrulls and their leader, Talos. They take a trip to a top secret security building and sneak into a room that they probably shouldn’t be in. Vers ends up finding out that she was a pilot who was presumed to have died six years before while testing a light speed experiment with scientist and pilot Wendy Lawson, also known as Mar-vell, who is the random woman she has been seeing in her nightmares. Vers and Fury take a jet along with a cat they found in the building named Goose, who is adorable, to Louisiana to visit her old copilot Maria Rambeau and her daughter Monica. There she discovers that her real name is Carol Dan’vers.’

Talos tracked Danvers and showed her that the Skrulls aren’t the real enemy. He has a recorder from the plane from the day of the crash, and learns that it was the Kree’s spaceship that shot down theirs, and she remembers that it was the Starforce commander, Yon Rogg who killed Lawson. The core of the plane that they were in was the experiment, and when warned about it getting in the wrong hands, Danvers shot it causing her to absorb all of its energy to get the powers she has today. Yon Rogg took her back to Hala, thinking her name was Vers because that was all that was left from Danvers on her tag. 

Danvers learns that the Skrulls are refugees and Lawson was using this core to help the Skrulls escape the Kree. The whole group flies to coordinates from Lawson to see if they can find the truth. They bring along Goose, who terrifies Talos for some weird reason. Talos calls cats Flerkens, which I thought was hilarious. 

It turns out that the source of the core’s power was the Tesseract. I love it so much how the movies come together in some way. The Starforce finds them and they all battle. At one point, Fury seems hopeless while holding Goose, and it turns out that he can sprout tentacles from his mouth and devour beings. Danvers and Yon Rogg fight it out and she forces him and Ronan’s forces to back away. She promises the Skrulls that she will help them find a home, and Fury makes a pager specifically for her in case of emergencies since she has a whole universe to look after. 

At the end Fury drafts a plan called the “Protector Initiative.” His thought is that if there is a being out of this world like Danvers, there would have to be more. He sees a picture of Carol’s old call sign on it and changes the name of the plan to the “Avengers Initiative.” This was only the beginning of the Avengers. 

I absolutely loved Fury in this movie. A lot of people hated it because they don’t like Brie Larson, but I actually enjoyed the movie a lot. I give this movie a 7/10.