By Robin E. Simmons
Are you familiar with a comic book character that wears a red suit with a lightning bolt insignia and goes by the name “Captain Marvel”? As far as Disney/Marvel is concerned, they apparently want you to think Brie Larsen’s Carol Danver is an iconic super hero in the same vein as Wonder Woman, when in reality she is not.
Even though the latest big screen iteration is being promoted as an origin story, the real back-story is more about copyright issues and spite between DC and Marvel, the two biggest comic book publishers.
When I was growing up, Captain Marvel was a pulp action hero — a young boy who said the magic word ”Shazaam” and instantly became a super-powered adult. Well, he’s getting his own movie in April and it has nothing to do with this movie’s eponymous character.
As of this writing, no official press screenings or streaming links have been made available for critics. Is the movie a good one? I hope so. Advanced word is mixed. A full review will be featured in the next issue of CV Weekly. The film, co-directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, is the next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and introduces Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers as the first and most powerful female lead (she can move planets!) in the MCU.
The basic plotline has Danvers getting alien superpowers after a freak accident. She teams up with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to save Earth from a war between two alien races. The film is set in the 90s and predates Iron Man, which started things off in 2008.
When Comic book author Kelly Sue DeConnick (with artist Dexter Soy) launched her ground-breaking “Captain Marvel” in 2012, she described Carol as an incredibly driven person: a crackerjack pilot who races to prove dead daddy wrong. So, is it more about embracing her bad-ass personae than, like “Wonder Woman,” discovering her natural feminine powers? Hmmm…
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