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Arriving at the NY screening for her new film, "Captain Marvel", in a sequined Rodarte two-piece outfit, Brie Larson talked about how her titular character's superhero uniform has made its own impact during her press tour, where scores of young girls have shown up to premieres wearing the red and blue suit. For me, none of that has been louder than my mom's excitement when she called me after she first saw a trailer.

It's time for a new generation to have their Superhero moment and they do in Captain Marvel, an unstoppable force of a movie with a fully formed lead and the universe at stake! That is not a required prerequisite for success, and Carol Danvers makes that clear. The film could have also settled for being a mostly middling entry in the MCU, but it instead - oh, wait, scratch that.

If you live on planet C-53, you've probably heard a lot about Captain Marvel lately, discussing everything from her origin story in the comics to anticipation for the film.

The MCU is no stranger to characters who underwhelm in their standalone debut but then go on to shine in sequels and group efforts - I'm looking at you The Incredible Hulk (2008), Thor (2011), Ant-Man (2015), and Doctor Strange (2016) - and both Captain Marvel and Larson show that same kind of promise. The source of these dreams becomes clear after Vers crash-lands into a Blockbuster Video back on Earth: Vers is really Air Force pilot Carol Danvers, and the dreams are memories from a former life, which ended when a 1989 plane crash left her with superpowers, and the Kree made a decision to rescue her and enlist her into their ranks.

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These fragmented memories also lead her to a deeply emotional reunion with her former best friend and fellow pilot, Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch). A look could speak volumes in an instant and that gaze is present even if it doesn't speak to everyone. They have a lock and key on that, we feel no commitment and responsibility to that movie at all. These press moments, weirdly, they're the only time I'm around people who see what I do. Known for playing complex characters, including her Oscar-winning turn as Joy in the harrowing 2015 thriller Room, Larson did not want to play a one-dimensional protagonist.

The truth is, this flawed but still entertaining film's chief asset is its representation of a young woman who has spent her life following orders but is now finally crafting an identity of her own in a shifting moral landscape.

There are more powerful female roles too. The humor, especially, is built in to the other Marvel films and I wonder why there is almost none in "Captain Marvel.' The answer, I think is in the film's star, Brie Larson, as hot-shot fighter pilot and kick ass warrior Carol Danvers". Utterly empowering and inspiring.

She also gets advice from the Supreme Intelligence, an artificial intelligence (AI) that has collected the great minds in Kree history.

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Jackson, Gregg, and Mendelsohn give fantastic turns as supporting cast members. There might be a good amount of threads to follow but how everyone is connected matters and that's a testament to the directing. That is, until now, with Captain Marvel. The soundtrack is like the CD your cool relative handed to you after you said you liked a song on KROQ. "But I think that that's a really tight-knit bond that they have, and their family". Its clunky first act plops audiences on Carol's personal journey as she traverses through space with the Kree army that took her in.

Captain Marvel is hardly the first superhero film to encounter mixed reviews, of course. We know who she is, what Nick Fury means to her, and how he got that beeper. "And I've never been more excited to take her to anything, ever".

But anyway, with a woman in a silver space suit having just rocketed through the Blockbuster roof, an operative with the covert USA government agency SHIELD is quickly on hand to find out what's going on.

When it was announced that Lee Pace's Ronan the Accuser would be reappearing (along with Korath), some Marvel fans would have been delighted at the opportunity to see more from him.

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I mean, the outfit reminds me of a pencil pouch I had in third grade, but Brie Larson is working it.

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