‘Captain Marvel’ promises to purge Marvel’s patriarchal past with its first female lead


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Brie Larson from the 2015 drama film “Room” depicts Marvel’s first female-lead, Captain Marvel.

Farah Faiza

Step aside Steve Rogers, there’s a new captain in town. After much teasing and speculation, Marvel finally dropped the highly anticipated trailer to “Captain Marvel” and revealed that it will be released on March 8, making this their first female superhero film.

The movie brings to life fan-favorite Carol Danvers played by “Room” star Brie Larson, otherwise known as Captain Marvel. However, this won’t be an origin story, which is something that Marvel seems to be drawing back from in their recent films. Instead, the film presents an empowered Carol, the conflicts of two unseen alien races, the Kree and the Skrulls, as well as her own internal struggles. The events are set during the course of the 90’s, taking place before any other movie on the timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe except for “Captain America: The First Avenger.”

Though the MCU has its fair share of strong female superheroes, this is the first of their movies to be led and directed by a woman despite the fact that the film is a collaborative effort between Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. This is their second collaboration since their 2010 drama film “It’s Kind of a Funny Story.

To further highlight and celebrate female empowerment, the release date coincides with International Women’s Day. This is a huge stepping stone for the representation of women in media.

Other feature roles include Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg reprising their roles as younger versions of Director Nick Fury and Agent Phil Coulson respectively, for both of whom this movie sheds light on for their origins. In “Avengers: Infinity War” Fury was last seen sending out a signal to Captain Marvel. Additionally, this will be Jude Law’s debut into the superhero franchise as Mar-Vell.

The film brings forth a more intense Captain Marvel, who definitely won’t be pulling her punches.

It’s too early for an official rating but will likely be PG-13 like other Marvel films.