Brie Larson Recalls Being Broke 'a Dozen Times' Before Captain Marvel

Why 'Captain Marvel' Matters

Brie Larson, who stars at heroine Carol Danvers in the first standalone film featuring a female superhero in Marvel Universe, thinks it's fantastic.

A slow-motion explosion in a barren landscape sends Brie Larson flying to the ground, blue blood running from her nose. Pursuing her is the Skrull leader Talos (the snarky scene stealer Ben Mendelsohn) and an inexperienced S.H.I.E.L.D. agent you might recognize as Nick Fury (in an era obsessed with youth we have a digitally de-aged Samuel L. Jackson).

Trust is a process for Danvers and Fury, but slowly they come together to take on the Skrulls. It's rare to see a hero die permanently in the Marvel Universe, but this sad story is one of the rare exceptions. The film embodies what 90's pop culture meant to those who haven't seen it represented much on screen in the way that nostalgia for 80's and before have for folks of those generations. "If I could push your jeep, then I'll feel like I was ready". Seems like only yesterday we were being introduced to Iron Man, Ant-Man, Spider-Man, Hulk Man ... you get the picture. Carol rediscovers her best friend, Maria (Lashana Lynch), a single mother who is also a first-rate pilot.

I love the ways they contract and expand time.

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All these things played earnestly as these characters bond with one another drives the stakes up in a way that we haven't quite seen in many Marvel films before.

"There's nothing more risky for a warrior than anger", counsels Yon-Rogg, who is determined to squash every trace of Carol's remaining humanity. A look could speak volumes in an instant and that gaze is present even if it doesn't speak to everyone. A wrinkle, which attempts to make this an origin story wherein the hero already has their powers and their uniform, is the fact that Vers has amnesia, and doesn't know who she is or where she comes from. As Monica, Akira is an incredible protagonist who knows her mom and supports the risks she should take. Women have felt inspired by stories about men for a long time. The "stand back up" montage used so well in the marketing works even better in the film itself as a collective response to the moments - and men - in this woman's life who've knocked her down and/or told her that's where she belongs.

In one scene from the upcoming movie, a biker looks across at Captain Marvel and tells her to smile and lighten up. Utterly empowering and inspiring.

Jackson, Gregg, and Mendelsohn give fantastic turns as supporting cast members.

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More specifically, I'm afraid of what you are going to say. The soundtrack is like the CD your cool relative handed to you after you said you liked a song on KROQ.

While the film may be emotionally reserved, the same can not be said of response it has engendered ahead of its release, especially among a small and vocal contingent who-for the first time in their lives-are feeling threatened by the inclusion of people who don't look like them in their pop culture fantasies. We meet everyone only briefly.

Should those estimates prove accurate, Captain Marvel will open some $21 million shy of Marvel's latest franchise-launcher Black Panther, which went on to gross $1.34 billion worldwide.

The time period has the odd effect of making "Captain Marvel" feel more old-fashioned than it should, with chases on foot and vehicle pile-ups that don't zoom with the expected big-screen razzmatazz. It worked for me when it became more and more intriguing to follow.

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