A Conversation About Captain Marvel

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Captain Marvel vodcast

I have not yet seen every movie in the Marvel cinematic universe. I know, I know. Sheesh. Good thing I, and the people I work with, get paid to watch movies. So, even though I didn’t get a chance to see Captain Marvel, Paul Asay did. And Paul has some thoughts on the film—thoughts about what critics and fans have said, the subject of female empowerment and even a bit about the movie’s spirituality.

If you’re thinking of taking your kids to see the film (or seeing it for yourself), join us for a few minutes as Paul and I briefly touch on one or two things you can expect.  

Who wrote this?

Kristin Smith is the most recent addition to the Plugged In team. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. When she's not writing or editing, she enjoys traveling the world with her husband, Eddy, and running through Colorado Springs’ Garden of the Gods. She loves coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan), and is eagerly awaiting the birth of her first baby, Judah.

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Rhoda Cormier More than 1 year ago
Not going to watch it. Am thinking of way better movies like wonder park) and where the actress is actually a good actress and not someone who isn’t so irrational, irritating, obnoxiously liberal pc and man hating....
Anonymous 12 months ago
Ok. Wow. You are saying Wonder Park is better than Captain Marvel? No. Just no.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He probably would like them if they weren't shoved down his throat by sibs. I have experianced the same thing. 

@David the Clown

Would you give The New Mutants a shot since it's more of a horror film?

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Is The New Mutants even coming out? I've heard it's been needing reshoots, only for said reshoots to get cancelled and that the release of the movie is in doubt. And with Fox now purchased by Disney, I think it only adds fuel to the fire of this rumor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Idk. I think they probably will end up releasing a version of it on Disney+, because Disney will want some money from the project. But I agree with you. It may not even release.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
@a-non-mouse @some guy

Yes, I am actually looking forward to Mutants!
-David the Clown
Lori Kinder More than 1 year ago
We saw Captain Marvel last weekend and we (hubby & me) left feeling very 'meh' about it.  I don't think that there was anything wrong with the character, but maybe the way she discovered the dept of her powers was too quick.  She had been through 6 years of rigorous training but never realized she could fly until she wanted it really badly - seems a little too convenient for her to suddenly realize she can fly because she needed to.  I didn't want to applaud, but was feeling taken aback - it felt over the top.  I also think the part was not cast well - not to say the actress wasn't good, but I didn't get the feeling she really was Captain Marvel.  When I saw Wonder Woman, I was greatly impressed because Gal Gadot personified the character and made me believe in her tenacity and that she really could defeat any enemy.  I just didn't get that from Bri Larson - sorry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most people agree with you about her. Brie Larson just doesn't fit the role perfectly. Granted she did a good job, but I'm sure there is someone out there who could ace the role.

The highlights of the film for me weren't really involving Captain Marvel herself (I have never really liked her character a ton, even in the comics (see Civil War II for my reasons)). But seeing how Nick Fury began was pretty cool. I liked the tie ins with GOTG 1 and Avengers, Avengers: Endgame. 

SPOILER ALERT
I totally didn't see the switcheroo where the Kree are bad and the Skrulls are good. In the comics Ronan is just a crazy Kree but the Kree are good and the Skrulls are bad. Until they actually switched it, I thought, 'They're not going to change something that big.' I was wrong. Great twist.

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Rocketshipper More than 1 year ago
The thing with her powers was explained in the movie.  She'd been training with her powers for all those years, but the Kree had also attached a power limiter to her that was suppressing the full extent of her abilities.  Once she broke the power limiter, during that second scene with the AI, she was then able to use the full extent of her powers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah. It is a little hard to get if you aren't really paying attention or are tired. I got it though.

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Miss Priss More than 1 year ago
Same. Either Kevin didn't make Brie audition or he cast her from a different version of the script. Brie is a good actress, but this was not the role for her. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw about the first hour of Spiderman: Homecoming and hated it so much I yanked it out of the DVD player. Spiderman himself wasn't half bad in it, but in general I felt like there was way too much Iron Man and other Avenger type people in it and not enough of actual Spiderman, so the whole thing felt like a total waste of time to me. And through cable channels I think I've seen maybe one complete Iron Man movie, but that's about it, and that one didn't really impress me too much either. I guess in general I'm just not much of a comic book/superhero fan except for the movies I've already mentioned elsewhere. Frankly I'd rather go see something more substantive like Planet of the Apes, but I guess that's a different genre altogether.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You're entitled to your rare opinion my friend.

I've never heard of Spiderman: Homecoming. There is a silmilar movie called Spider-Man: Homecoming that I really enjoyed.

You probably have not read the comics. I can make that assumption. This Spider-Man is the most comic book accurate version of him. All the other dudes were way too old. I am glad they skipped the origin story of this Spider-Man, because It's pretty safe to say we know what happened. This gave them time to set up what is arguably one of the best villlains in the MCU. Tom Holland gave Spider-Man a new breath of life and I don't see how you could hate Iron Man being in it. It really is comic book accurate and has lots of references and it also has some good comedy in it. I don't understand why you didn't like it. 

But I guess we all have the right to our own opinion.

I can understand you not liking it if you aren't a big comic book movie fan. It probably doesn't fit your tastes.

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Anonymous 12 months ago
Iron Man was just way too annoying for me, and honestly if he's part of the Avengers then I figure he should be in an Avengers movie, not in a Spiderman one. Since he wasn't in the original trilogy I have no idea why he was in the remake of it, but you're right I've never read a single comic book in all my life so that's probably why I was confused at his inclusion in the movie. I also had no idea who the heck the Green Goblin, Sandman, Doc Ock, or Venom were either before I saw the films, but at least they were interesting. Iron Man was just stupid and annoying. And unlike all the constant spirituality that was apparent in the original films I don't see any type of Christian themes in these latest versions of him. In 1-3 Spidey was definitely more of a Jesus figure, but in Homecoming and Into the Spider-verse, not so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy 

I wonder, are you J. Jonah Jameson?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who? Me?

Posted By A-Non-Mouse

P.S.
Hoping to see him in Far From Home. By far one of my favorite characters in the comics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

No, not A-Non-Mouse! I was talking about the anonymous who hates all the Spider-Man movies except the original trilogy!

If the MCU does introduce "JJ," they should honestly just get J. K. SImmons to come back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok. That's what I thought, but I wasn't sure.

I agree. But I heard a rumor where one of their casting that no one knows who he's playing is Jameson.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

When someone posts a "first comment."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnUz6BYghsE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lol. I'm dying!

Where do you find these short YouTube videos that express yourself so well?

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

The internet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Duh.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First Comment Crown retaken!

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't seen all the MCU films yet either.

The Ones I'm missing: 
1. The Incredible Hulk (you'd have to pay me to watch it)
2. Iron Man
3. Iron Man 2
4. Iron Man 3
5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

I'm just saying, but I think I've seen the best ones.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

I'm confused. Didn't you say back in February that Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World were both "pretty good?" Why do you say a movie is pretty good when you haven't even seen it? (and instinct is not a good answer; calling a movie good or not comes down to personal taste)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, I've never seen it all the way through. Therefore It makes it to this list. It is a decent Marvel movie from what I've seen of it.

And to the Thor: TDW and Iron Man 2 point, they both aren't some of the better Marvel movies that I've seen but they are still pretty good films.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Ah! That makes sense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Iron Man, The Avengers, GoG 1,2...all the same lol
-David the Clown
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
@David the Clown
They really aren't all the same lol. They have different names!

@Anonymous
I know, I should. I want to watch it with some of my friends though, so I'm waiting.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marvel movies are the same as being given the choice of which building you want to jump off of, all of which are over 100 stories tall. Sure, they are all "different", one might have gargoyles, another might have a cool balcony, and another could be a hotel with some great family discounts. But the exact same unpleasant outcome will result in your jump.
-David the Clown

PS- This goes for you too, Duke of Popcorn. It's because of you that I was forced to watch Iron man and Ant-man.....
-David the Clown 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
@David the Clown

It sounds like someone is bitter about being forced to watch those films...

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Also, I thought Captain Marvel was good, but as a male, I can't comment on the female empowerment stuff.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh ok. You know you can edit your comments right?

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