Warning: This editorial contains spoilers.
Captain Marvel hit the theaters earlier this month and has received a lot of controversial reviews.
Amidst said reviews, it’s been a relief just to have another Marvel movie come out since the depressing state Avengers: Infinity War left us with. On top of that, we are all still mourning over the biggest superhero of them all: Marvel’s beloved Stan Lee.
For those of you who have seen the 2018 American superhero film, you’ll remember the end scene where Nick Fury initiates contact with Captain Marvel just before he is incinerated as a result of Thanos having control of the Infinity Gauntlet.
Now we can dive into the theatrical backstory of these two former colleagues–aside from reading the comic books.
Some critics are saying how Captain Marvel underperformed compared to the other films associated with Marvel Studios. While the film might not have carried the franchise to new heights, I think many fans would agree with some of the more positive reviews which focus on the movie’s more entertaining and charming elements.
One article I stumbled upon, posted by an organization called Desiring God, which I am normally a fan of, focuses on the feminist agenda that is apparently promoted in the movie.
While I don’t consider myself to be feminist or antifeminist, I personally, don’t see a problem with perhaps the most powerful superhero being a woman nor with how it was portrayed as such in the film.
The author of the article, Greg Morse, originally stated, “As I consider Disney’s new depiction of femininity in Captain Marvel, I cannot help but mourn. How far we’ve come since the days of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.”
It’s no wonder why this article received so much backfire for demoting women’s roles to mere damsels in distress. Out of all the Disney princesses he could have chosen, he picks the two that are the most useless. These two royal highnesses are dead for half of the story and can only be awakened by their “true love’s” kiss, which the maidens can’t even give consent to since they’re dead. I mean, even Mulan, Elsa or Belle would have been less insulting.
For this reason, Captain Marvel couldn’t have hit the big screens at a better time–March 8 otherwise known as International Women’s Day.
Carol Danvers, played by Brie Larson, should definitely be a fictional heroic figure to look up to. Danvers was initially a U.S. Air Force pilot before she was recruited as an extraterrestrial Kree warrior, so if that’s not something to look up to then I don’t know what is.
Besides, there are plenty of women figures who have had strong influences throughout history as well as women who impact the lives of those around them today.
Some notable examples include Joan of Arc, a French heroine during the Hundred Years’ War; Queen Victoria, ruled the world’s largest empire for more than 60 years; and Corrie ten Boom, a brave woman who helped her family provide protection for many Jews during the Holocaust.
Since the author wrote the article for a Christian based organization, you would think he would have remembered some of the women figures of the Bible. Queen Esther didn’t wait idly for a man to rescue her. Instead, she risked her own life to save her people from execution. Abigail stopped her husband David from committing murder. Ruth boldly pursued the man of her dreams. Rahab helped the Israelites capture the city of Jericho.
You get the point…
So whether or not Captain Marvel went above and beyond all of our cinematic expectations, it definitely reinforced a strong positive image of women and their potential.