I find myself amid a deeply wound up predicament of sorts as I begin to write about Marvel’s latest offering. As stated in a number of articles before this, I have been able to gauge the hype for the film to be standard at best, but boy did I misjudge it, since even an early morning showing of Brie Larson’s ‘Captain Marvel’ on the first day recorded a full house. What’s interesting is that even while questioning the film’s overall anticipation among the general movie going audiences, I was but sure of the fact that the film would rake in a humongous amount of money in its opening weekend alone, and for that, I have to commend the people at Marvel studios who decide the slate of films to be released in every year with each successive phase. Putting an origin story of a relatively lesser known superhero in the middle of not only two of the biggest MCU films or superhero films in general, but two of the biggest films the world has seen, ‘Infinity War’ and ‘Endgame’; and releasing its first female centric superhero film, twenty films down the pipeline on International Women’s Day? Almost genius.
I will hold off my final verdict until the end of this article, but there is a lot of stuff happening in ‘Captain Marvel’ beginning with its very first frame, even though much of it may be particularly uninteresting, that would require a little background and explaining. Shifting timelines, locations, loyalties and even characters, as old ones are de-aged and new ones are introduced take up most of its runtime. I also have to accept that this is a very different template for a superhero picture, one that honestly didn’t quite pan out too well for me. We will also discuss the reasons for that, because why the hell not, but for now, let’s delve deeper into what the film had to offer in introducing Carol Danvers to us, and the numerous easter eggs, references and connections to previous MCU outings this film bears. Read on.
The Plot and Ending, Explained
Before beginning with the explanation itself, let’s recount a few things we already know about the movie up till the point the finale begins. A key player in these developments is Mar-vell, a Kree warrior sent to Earth under cover as Wendy Lawson, wherein she develops and experiments with an ‘energy core’, later revealed to be the fabled Tesseract from the MCU, housing the space stone. She is also the same woman who appears in Danvers’ simulation of the Supreme Intelligence, since Danvers appears to respect her from the memory of a life she no longer seems to remember. A fair amount is by now also known about Captain Marvel’s origins and where she gets her powers from. As a fighter pilot testing out the experimental energy core developed by Lawson, she is presumed dead along with Lawson in an accident. The reality of what happened however, is revealed in the second half of the film. Their plane was actually taken down by a Kree fighter plane when it is revealed that Yon-Rogg, her mentor and commander from the Kree Starforce in the current life is the real villain and after the technology.
Upon landing next to the shore, Lawson reveals her true identity to Danvers and implores her to destroy the energy core before the Kree can lay their hands on it, while she is shot in the next instant and dies. Danvers then shoots the energy core in the plane, remotely being powered by the Tesseract from a safe location and absorbs its power. Yon-Rogg, now aware of the fact, decides that she’ll be coming with them, but also makes arrangements to control her powers through an implant at the back of her neck, linked to the supreme intelligence. His blood is transfused with hers and all her memories either wiped deliberately or becoming blurred from the impact of the blast, she now experiences nightmares with flashbacks from her previous life, serving as a Kree warrior for the starforce. She is able to recount her memory of her previous life at the point when Talos plays a recording from the black box of her crashed plane at Maria Rambeau’s house, and enlists her help to decode some coordinates from the transcript, which brings us to our next topic of discussion, the Skrulls.