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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>
Hollywood writer's rooms are notorious boys clubs: men often outnumber the women by 8 to 1. Nell Scovell has been defying that statistic her entire career.
Hollywood writer's rooms are notorious boys clubs: men often outnumber the women by 8 to 1. TV writer Nell Scovell has defied that depressing statistic her entire career. She's written for an incredible list of shows: Friends, Late Night with David Letterman, The Simpsons, just to name a few. Here, she talks about a time in the Friends room where a lewd joke was taken a little too far — but also sparked an idea for an entire episode of the show. Nell's new book is the hilarious and illuminating Just the Funny Parts: ...And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boy's Club.
Why does America confuse fantasy for reality, in pop culture and in politics? Kurt Andersen can pinpoint the moment it happened.
The start of the 20th century was the birth of a strange new reality in the United States. The advent of the moving image, of Hollywood and sudden celebrity, caused a quantum shift in how Americans thought about the experience of life. Actors were elevated to the status of superheroes and demigods, and those left in the obscurity of the masses began to desire that elusive privilege: fame. But where America really went haywire, author Kurt Andersen explains, is when the cult of celebrity and the cult of capitalism merged: it was the opening of Disneyland in 1955. A bizarre reality where advertising met animation. You could buy real wares, from fake characters, in real stores, with make-believe themes. "What happened in Disneyland... did not stay there," says Andersen. From Mickey Mouse all the way to the White House, Anderson doesn't find it at all surprising that Americans might have a hard time telling what's true from what's false. He calls it the fantasy-industrial complex, and it might just be America's beautifully branded nightmare. Kurt Andersen's new book is Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History.