Sunday, 24 March 2019

New super-heroine boasts ‘star’ quality

New super-heroine boasts ‘star’ quality

EVER since Iron Man launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) on to the big screen back in 2008, audiences have been treated to a procession of bombastic blockbusters featuring a raft of incredible superheroes — from Captain America and
Ant-Man to Doctor Strange and the Avengers.

Now comes Captain Marvel — the penultimate film before Avengers: Endgame brings the story to a climax later this year.

Promising more adrenaline-fuelled adventure, the film is also the first in the MCU with a single female lead.

Brie Larson takes the role of former US fighter pilot Carol Danvers, who becomes one of the galaxy’s strongest heroes.

Captain Marvel is set in the mid-Nineties and follows Danvers as her DNA is accidentally fused with that of an alien race called the Kree.

As she learns to harness her new abilities, Danvers joins Starforce — an elite Kree military team — and becomes Captain Marvel. Despite her adventures, however, she remains relatably human.

“This is not just about somebody who can fly around and shoot photon blasts out of her arms,” says the film’s producer Kevin Feige. “It’s somebody who has multiple dimensions.”

Larson isn’t the only member of the cast to be making their first foray into the MCU. Alongside familiar faces like Samuel L Jackson’s Nick Fury (albeit with two eyes rather than one), and Djimon Hounsou, reprising his Guardians of the Galaxy role of Korath, are newcomers including Ben Mendelsohn, who plays Talos, leader of the alien Skrulls; Gemma Chan, as expert sniper Minn-Erva; Annette Bening, and Jude Law as a Kree Starforce commander.

Helming the film are writer-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, whose back catalogue includes the 2010 comedy It’s Kind of a Funny Story and the acclaimed 2015 drama Mississippi Grind.

“One of the things that drew us to the character was the fact that she was a really powerful interesting, unique and independent female,” says Boden, who, fittingly, is the first female director in the MCU.

“We are so excited to be telling this story about somebody who’s not just powerful but also really complicated and human.

“We are going to meet a new character who is unlike any of the other characters, who is her own unique self and who goes on a journey of self-discovery along with the audiences who go to see her.

“It’s a mystery film, a film of self-discovery, and something that really surprises — and, at the end of the day, we hope it turns your expectations on their head.”

Captain Marvel is showing at the Regal Picturehouse cinema from today (Friday).

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