It's the first time a female superhero has ever scored her own film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- Brie Larson stars as Carol Danvers, better known by her alias Captain Marvel.
- Captain Marvel is the first female superhero to land her own film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- The movie promises something of an origin story for Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson.
What to expect<p> In the beginning of the film, <a href="https://ew.com/movies/captain-marvel-first-look-images/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_term=80A97AE4-B12B-11E8-951F-B2C4984234C2&utm_campaign=entertainmentweekly_ew#a-force-to-be-reckoned-with" target="_blank">Danvers already has her superpowers</a>. She's part of an elite military team called Starforce, whose commander is played by Jude Law, on the Kree planet of Hala. At some point, Danvers makes an interstellar journey back to earth, suffering a rough crash-landing through the roof of a Blockbuster store (the film is set in the 1990s, after all). She begins to piece together her earthly past, a quest that involves making sense out of the fragmentary memories that seem to keep emerging in her mind.</p><p> <iframe width="740" height="416" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Z1BCujX3pw8" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> </p><p>Danvers is soon joined by Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson. In an <a href="https://ew.com/movies/2018/09/07/captain-marvel-samuel-l-jackson-young-nick-fury/" target="_blank">interview with <em>Entertainment Weekly</em></a>, Jackson described the two characters' meeting as something like an origin story for Fury.<br></p><p> "This is a mind-changing, attitude-changing moment for him that leads him to become the person that we know," Jackson said. "He [now] understands that there are these other things out there. He understands that they're not all enemies, and we do need to find allies who have specific kinds of skills that humans don't have. And trying to convince people above him is a difficult task because they haven't seen it or experienced it." </p><p><img src="https://imgix.ranker.com/user_node_img/50084/1001663484/original/in-pursuit-of-flight-photo-u1?w=650&q=50&fm=jpg&fit=crop&crop=faces" alt="Image result for captain marvel comics"></p><p>In a post-credits scene in Marvel's 'Infinity Wars', Fury sends off a message to Danvers before he's vaporized by Thanos. The suggestion? Captain Marvel might just be the hero to destroy the arch villain. </p>
Superhero movies in the #MeToo era<p>Marvel is clearly aware its latest movie comes at a raw cultural moment. You can see it, for instance, toward the end of the trailer when title cards flash in big letters the words 'DISCOVER' 'WHAT MAKES' 'A HERO', with the middle letters 'HER' illuminating before 'HERO'.</p><p><img src="https://assets.rbl.ms/18634717/980x.jpg"></p><p>Captain Marvel is the first female superhero to receive her own stand-alone film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Larson, who's led films such as Short Term 12 and Room, follows in the steps of other recent female Marvel superhero characters, including Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch.</p><p>Still, some have <a href="https://mic.com/articles/123525/how-superhero-movies-treat-women-in-11-posters#.4OT0Okoc5" target="_blank">criticized</a> the entertainment industry's treatment of female characters in superhero movies, arguing that they are often <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/2018/04/197835/captain-marvel-avengers-infinity-war-sexism-women" target="_blank">not integral to storylines</a>, exploited sexually and exist only in connection to male characters. </p><p>Critics also point to <a href="https://www.indiewire.com/2015/05/marvel-ceo-doesnt-believe-in-female-superheroes-203801/" target="_blank">leaked emails</a> written by former Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter in 2014. One message appeared to suggest Perlmutter thought green-lighting more superhero movies with female leads was a bad idea, considering the past box-office failures of films like 'Catwoman' and 'Supergirl'.</p><p>But those movies belonged to a different time. In the era of #MeToo, and in the wake of 'Wonder Woman', which has earned more than $820 million to date, a successful 'Captain Marvel' could help tip the scale in terms of female representation in superhero movies—both for the culture and for industry figures like Perlmutter whose primary concern, for better or worse, is box-office earnings. </p>
Will Smith defends entry of non-theatrical Netflix movies at Cannes.
Two of the films in competition at this year's prestigious Cannes Film Festival were produced by and for Netflix. It may be a watershed moment for films, given that the two movies — Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories — were produced for a TV streaming service, and not for a movie theater. At the festival's opening press conference on May 17, renowned Spanish filmmaker and Palme d'Or prize juror Pedro Almodovar read a pre-written statement that said in part, “I personally do not conceive, not only the Palme d'Or, any other prize being given to a film and not being able to see this film on a big screen."