*Mild spoiler alert ahead*
I was not surprised whenever I saw that “The Marvels” had a 62% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) has been a superhero that I have loved for a while now, so I was excited to see another film with her in it. I was skeptical into how the dynamic between Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel or Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) and Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) would be.
All three characters are very different, and I was intrigued to see them be on screen together for the first time. Their chemistry was not the disappointing factor. I think in fact the reason they had so much chemistry was because of how different they are.
Throughout the movie, the three heroes would swap places whenever one of them used their powers. It was an interesting concept to see unfold. Once they realized what was causing them to switch places, they practiced switching strategically.
Monica’s power seemed vague compared to the other two Marvels. She discovered that she could fly while saving Ms. Marvel from falling from the sky. I feel as though her abilities were not properly displayed, and I felt disconnected from her character while watching because of this.
This could be because we have a solo movie with Captain Marvel and a solo show with Ms. Marvel but nothing heavily depicting Monica Rambeau. I am holding out hope that her power gets to shine more in the future and that this was a tactical move played by the creators of trying to leave the audience wanting more.
Captain Marvel’s cat, Goose, brought a lot of laughter and awe to the theatre with the overload of cuteness and ability to swallow anything. Goose and her fellow cat friends save everyone on board when they are forced to evacuate by swallowing them all, then later spitting them back out.
My biggest issue with the movie was that the focus was more on the three of these heroes coming together and forming a trio team, and less about the villain, Dar-Benn. It felt like Dar-Benn (Zawe Ashton) was only there because the trio needed someone to fight.
Dar-Benn had possession of one out of two of the quantum bands, Ms. Marvel having the other one. She also had a vendetta against Captain Marvel following the events that took place in Captain Marvel’s solo movie. So, it made sense as to why the villain was there fighting them, but she was not intimidating in the slightest. To simplify, the villain was not convincing at all. At certain moments it was hard not to cringe rather than sympathize with the heroes.
I must note that even though this movie may not have been the best, it is still honorable to see a majority female cast and production team in a superhero movie. Marvel has finally started to give the spotlight to women more and more, and as a woman it is much appreciated.
The ending post-credit scene was by far my favorite, as Marvel consistently likes to give its audience an element of surprise.