Is It Captain Marvel or Is It SHAZAM!

SHAZAM!

Good day to you all and welcome back to our little part of the internet! My name is Kay, and it is my pleasure to get to know all of you! The sun is out, and I am ready to go to the beach with my husband and friends! Nothing more amazing than a long day outside enjoying the sun kissing my skin.

This last Saturday was my 25th birthday, which was a lot of fun. I got a cake and balloons! I was able to talk to my family and friends. It was a long day of eating and laying around with our cat, Lucas Bucas (Luke for short as you all know). I knew that Chris was planning something for us to do later on in the night, but I didn’t really know what to expect. We showed up to our local theater, but for the life of me, I could not recall what movies were out that we would have been wanting to see. Then he let it out. SHAZAM! Confusion swept over me as we haven’t talked about this movie coming out since we hear of it’s release date.

Just like Captain Marvel (funny because they use to have that name in common), I was not all that excited to see this film. Not because I didn’t think it wasn’t going to be a good movie to watch. Not because of the critics either. By no means did I think that it was going to be trash. I knew that it was going to be good. DC has been taking good strides with the new direction that they decided to go. I just didn’t know that much about Shazam. I knew of his name. I knew of the general information about his character, but I just didn’t know all that much about him. The trailers seemed to portray him to be a super goofy person, to the extent that I thought it was going to bring me out of the experience.

Since this post is about this movie, I will be talking about some of the events that happened. If you haven’t seen it and want to, then you might want to wait reading this until after you see this film. The young child in this opening scene is Thaddeus Sivana from 1974 (Ethan Pugiotto) and the wonderful Wizard (Djimon Hounsou). Thaddeus’ father Mr. Sivana (John Glover Jr. I just have to share this, but he was Lionel Luther in CW’s Smallville. He was also in the 1997 Batman and Robin film as Jason Woodrue. He’s involved in many DC shows and movies. I was very excited to see him again…carry on.) Lastly, Sid Sivana 1974 (Landon Doak). 

If you would like to see the whole cast members then you can click the link below!

Understanding The Beginnings of A Villain

Imagine yourself being a young child of your family. A Black Sheep if you will. Imagine that no matter how hard you try, there’s nothing you can do to win your families affection. Traveling, quietly to your grandfather’s house for Christmas (1974) with your favorite toy in your hands. A Magic 8 Ball cradled into your tiny fingers to tell of your future that you so desperately want to know. Small sounds coming from you, start to inch into your father’s patience until he yells at you about bring a toy along with you when he told you not to. Your older brother is the wanted child. The football star. The perfect student. He doesn’t need glasses. You got all the “bad genes”. It’s obvious that your older brother is your father’s favorite. You’re still young and haven’t really figured that out yet, but all your life you’ve been yelled at or told that you weren’t doing it right. Nothing that you do makes the cut. Imagine that you were the least loved person in your family unit.

On your trip to your grandfather’s, something amazing happens. The family that you feel you don’t belong to, has disappeared. The car is going into overdrive as the windows start to ice up. Your heart starts to race. Sweat starts to pearl onto your skin. Your eyes are the size of saucers. Snapping your head from left to right to front to back…but then…silence.

Stepping out of the family car, snowflakes stick to your hair as peaceful as a morning dove to branches. Thoughts of peace and quiet mix into this mind of child.

"Hello!?"

No one answers. Why isn’t there an answer? Didn’t they bring you there? It’s cold here. Its dark here. Where are you supposed to go? Where is your family? Who is that old guy at the end of the room? Questions that soon will be answered, just focus on the old man with the glowing Thunderbolt on his chest. Shh now, let him speak. He’s speaking of ultimate power…of being a Champion. Is that you? Could you be that Champion? What’s he saying now…? What Eye? Is the Wizard talking about that glowing circle? It’s talking to you in low but firm voice…voices? One, two, three…seven? Right! The wizard said something about the Seven Deadly Sins, but what does that have to do with this glowing thing.

It’s telling you to reach out and take it away from it’s perch. It makes you feel powerful. Finally! The small field around it starts to open up as it invites you to grab it tight, but suddenly your gaze gets snapped back to the Wizard! What happened? What’s going on?

What did you do wrong!?

“You will never be good enough to be the Champion!”

A feeling of despair envelopes you, but this is a little different. Now it’s a Being of Power telling you that you will never be good enough. What are you talking about? Why would you say that? I can be good enough! Please! Just give me another chance! Panic fills your being as you start to lose the connection that you desperately carve!

The voices that you were hearing speak to you. They want you to come back for them. That’s the last thing that your child like ears hear as you are whisked back into your family car, with the family that hates you.

It’s like it never happened…but you remember everything. It stays with you forever. Panic.

With that imagery, if I am at least half as good as I think I am, how do you think that you would feel in this situation? Would you become obsessed with the thought of getting back to the voices so that they can bless you with the power that you deserve? Could you let it go or work hard enough where you didn’t need that power? I don’t know what I would do.

So right off the bat, this movie is pretty dark. Not just because of the color schemes, but also with the atmosphere that I had just got done describing. DCEU has become the masters at creating uncomfortable but compelling storylines that make you gawk at the screen, but just as quickly as you were introduced into this small window of this young boy’s life, you are pulled out of it and planted in 2019.

Who is the Champion you ask? Well, that will just take a second to get to. The beginning of finding the new Champion will start off with us being introduced to a trouble making, Billy Batson (Asher Angel). An adolescent foster child that runs away from home after home in hopes of locating his long-lost mother, which comes with a fascinating story and imagery.

His side of the story:

Billy remembers this memory being a happy one with his beautiful and responsible mother. The weather is pretty and bright. Her hair is perfect, her smile is to die for, her clothes are freshly washed, and the love that she had for him was unmeasurable. They are playing the balloon game where you have to throw a dart at the balloons to win a prize. The more that you hit, the bigger the prize that you’ll get. Billy obviously wanted to get the bigger prize, but she just can’t hit the balloons! Finally, she hits one and the game is over. Billy didn’t get the prize that he wanted but at the end, his mother gently hands him a small compass so that he can, “always find his way.”

It seems like the whole park was leaving at one time, because the crowd was so thick as they were walking away from the game to go home. Billy drops the compass, people kick it while walking, he runs off to retrieve it, getting further and further away from his mother. The small child picks up his prize, but then realizing that his mother is no where near him. A panic consumes his small body. Next, we see the police have him sitting on the top of the police cruiser hood, trying to find his mom.

Going forward to when Billy is caught from running away from another Foster Home, we meet a lovely couple by the name of Victor and Rosa Vasquez (Cooper Andrews and Marta Milans). They seem like a very fun-loving couple, and Billy is out of places to go. I believe that he ran away from 20 homes by this time. They have 5 other foster children in their house, but they have more than enough space for number 6. Even if you didn’t know all that much about Shazam, it’s pretty normal for superheroes to have their “_______ Families” Like the Flash Family or the Bat Family, there’s a Shazam Family, and we just got introduced to them.

First, we get to meet Darla Dudley (Faithe Herman). She is the cutest little girl! She reminds me of my little cousin Ni-Fearia. She’s so open with everyone and loves to talk to everyone and anyone that will listen. You can see that family is really important to her. Luckily, the Vasquez’ got her. Secondly, we get to meet Eugene Choi (Ian Chen) sitting in the living room playing a game online with other players. He’s shouting at the screen/shouting at his teammates to do better. He knows he isn’t allowed to play games after dark and plays it off as smooth as a kid can. I believe that we get to meet Mary Bromfield (Grace Fulton) next. From the sounds of it, she is applying to college’s and is very goal orientated. You don’t get too see too much of her because she’s a busy girl, but you can tell she is a sweet young lady. Second to last is Pedro Pena (sorry I can’t make my Spanish N on here Ha-ha!) (Joven Armand). He’s a quiet kid that seems to take time to warm up to others. Though I think that is true, I think that he could be silently rooting for your success in the meantime. There’s a small part after they come out of the strip club (funny part of the movie) that makes me laugh. Go see the movie and see if you can hear what he says. I loved it (Ha-ha!) Lastly is Freddy Freeman (Jack Grazer). He has a physical disability which causes him to stand out amongst his peers. He ends up being the one that gets to room with Billy. Funny enough, we get to see a bunch of Easter-Eggs because of this one character.

So, what we’ve all been waiting for, the part when young Mr. Batson becomes the famous hero that we all paid to see, is finally here. Dr. Sivana has come and gone for his power, leaving the old Wizard alone and desperate for his Champion. Luckily, Billy was already up to be “interviewed” for his shot at power, but this kid doesn’t know when to stop talking. The Wizard doesn’t care much for wasted time, so he puts a stop to any unnecessary questions or actions.

The old Wizard (can also be called Shazam) asks Billy if he believe that he could be the next Champion. In all honesty, he tells the Wizard that he doesn’t think he is worthy of such a power. This is the most grown up answer he could have possibly had said. He showed no sign of greed but humility. Obviously, this was the correct answer, because next thing you know, the Wizard is barking orders at Billy, which is being followed to a T.

“Speak. My. Name.”

Is it just me or is this whole movie intense? From the first scene to this one that I ended on, it’s been nothing but sad or dark experiences.

Flash forward a bit past Billy shows Freddy who he is and what he’s become. They figure out how to get him back to his normal size. Now this is what I would like to touch on. Them trying to figure out what powers he has. Its all new to them, so why not try them all out, and since Freddy is the only one that Billy knows that it into Superheroes, then he would be an excellent person to share this with.

So, this is my favorite part about the movie, them figuring out what powers he does and does not possess. Even though super powers like flying or super speed are way out of reach, this is the most down to earth acting I have seen in a long time. Each time that Shazam does something off of the list of abilities there’s a check mark next to the word, like super speed. And a cross/scribble out when he doesn’t complete the challenge like being fire retardant. A big whopping NO! (Ha-ha) Shazam did not like being set on fire, while he was in a box two sizes too small.

I do want to comment on one thing that I didn’t like seeing in the film. I thought that the first flight scene that Shazam was in was a bit cheesy. Not because of the acting. It just felt a bit unnatural and uncomfortable. The later flying scenes were up to standards, and I understand that the flying and acting are hard things to do. I honestly would be terrible at doing one or the other. I would definitely fall face first if I have to do both at the same time. I get that. It’s just for that first time seeing it (the mall scene, trying to get away from Dr. Livana as fast as possible) it brought me out of the movie.

And this is no way a disappointment at all, but the villain figured out how to get to Shazam superfast. It’s not hard to remember that we are watching a 15-year-old in the body of an upper 20 to lower 30-year-old. Freddy has been adamant about talking to Shazam in public, where videos can be taken. Also, the news is always around so there is no chance that people wouldn’t see the relationship that they share. It’s not hard to figure out if I (the villain) were to take this kid, I could get the attention and obedience of the person I’m trying to take power from.

Billy gets in trouble and sulks in his room. Freddy isn’t there (obviously because Dr. Livana captured him and is interrogating him). His foster parents leave the room, telling the other kids that he needs some alone time. Not one second later, they all walk into the room, ignoring the instructions that were given to them. Pedro was the one that found Billy’s old notebook (that he threw into the bathroom trash when he arrived at the new home). Eugene used his computer skills (that he just had to learn to play video games better) to track down the true address of Billy’s mother. ZOOM!

Guess who was living, conveniently, two blocks away from his exact location. Movie magic is the real deal! She didn’t go by Batson anymore, so that’s why no one could find her. Rushing out of the house, he makes his way to the apartment complex. One door, two doors, three…finally. After years of searching, getting in trouble, running away, being alone, her door is in front of him. Billy knocks and is amazed as he sees his mother for the first time in probably 9-10 years. Billy’s Rose-Colored-Glasses are still on. She is absolutely beautiful and all he wants is for her to match his wanting to be together again. Arms from this young man comes towards her but shockingly, to him, she pushes him away. A loud gruff voice comes from inside of the apartment that she was leaving. The audience is left to figure out that Billy was a secret from her new life.

In this time as well, as the mall is being covered by the media, the other foster kids (Mary to be exact) figures out that Billy is the new superhero of Philly. Darla already knew but was told not to say anything, because good sisters don’t tell other people’s secrets. This is the first superhero movie that I’ve watched, that wasn’t a joke movie, to actually have supporting characters figure out the big secret on their own. And I highlight again that Billy and Freddy are just kids. They don’t know how to keep it a secret. They want to show off and do cool things. Maybe make some money in the meantime. They didn’t have a strong structure about what it is like to be a real-life superhero. I thought this was a really cool and different approach to this film.

His mother’s side of the story:

The day is cold and gloomy. She is in old winter gear and frustrated that she cannot hit a balloon to make her wanting child quiet. He wants the big prize, but she can’t hit anything. She was running low on money, so Billy only got a small toy. Her hair is put up, so she won’t have to deal with it, her smile hasn’t been seen in ages, her clothes are dingy looking, and the love that she had for him was measurable. His mother gruffly hands him a small compass so that he can, “always find his way.” Snatching him off of the counter as they quickly try to leave the Christmas Town.

It seems like the whole park was leaving at one time, because the crowd was so thick as they were walking away from the game to go home. Billy lets go of her hand and before she knew it he was gone. Quickly she tries to look for him, pushing people out of the way and shouting his name angerly. Next scene, we see the police have him sitting on the top of the police cruiser hood, trying to find his mom. She sees that Billy is safe with the police and decides then and there that she and he would be better off separated. Quickly, she disappears into the crowd, leaving her only son with the Law.

For as goofy and fun as this movie could be, it sure does have a dark side to it, but what is balance if not light and dark. Even if we didn’t know her side of the story, if she would have called the cops asking for help into finding her young son, the stationed police would have tracked her down and returned her son to her. But she didn’t. You wouldn’t just give up on looking for your son if you really wanted him. She gave him up willingly because she was out of her depth and wanted a way out. Like everything, it can be a tricky subject, but that’s how it played out in this universe.

 

She asks him if he’s been okay, and that he seemed to have become a stand-up young adult. More for just lip service. You can see that she is uncomfortable with this transaction and just wants it to go away. I can tell that Billy is getting the hint and decides to distance himself with the thought of his mother. His Rose-Colored-Glasses slipped off of his face, onto the ground, and under her feet. He sees what really happened. He needs to get back to his real family. Not looking back, Billy walks down the hallway. On his way out, his phone goes off…it’s Freddy…no it isn’t.

SHAZAM!

How are you all feeling about what you all just read? Though the movie has you giggling the whole time, there are some dark themes to it. How do you feel about Billy’s mother? Do you think that she is going to try an get into her son’s life? Can she even call him her son? I think the resolution, though it wasn’t happy, was the most realistic thing that could have happened. Like I said before, if she wanted to find him and be in his life, there isn’t a thing in this world that would keep her away from him. She left him when he was a toddler. She didn’t want to be apart of his life. It’ dark but I’m glad that she didn’t stick around him. I don’t think that he would have been able to grow up to be this amazing person if she decided that she was finally ready to be a mother. She, figuratively, threw Billy at the police and ran away.

  • Going forward we see that Dr. Livana is weakest when all of the Deadly Sins are out of the Eye.
  • There’s a point where Shazam takes the glowing staff away from our villain.
  • Villain gets upper hand.
  • Shazam has the upper hand and turns all of his family into Shazam heroes.
  • Shazam comforts a young girl, with a plush tiger, hiding from the monsters with her father.
  • Mary tells Shazam that Dr. Livana is weak when the Sins are out of the Eye.
  • Idea forms.
  • Uses the weakness of the Sins to draw them out.
  • Good guys win and the citizens rejoice to the image of their own superhero team!

Now, all of those bullet points are very important, but it is the fight scene, and just like a joke, no one likes to be explained a fight scene. So, were just going to move on to our next talking point (Ha-ha)!

Since we already have the quick line of events, we can focus on two of the last things I want to mention. Christ was actually the one to bring this up, and it was the last part of the movie, where they were all sitting down for dinner. While it’s a really nice scene and Billy finally releases the anger from his small body and joins in on the dinner traditions, there is a question that popped into Chris’ head…did everyone tell the parents what all happened? Most likely not, because who would be fine with their child fighting super villains? How did they keep the fact that they were all out of the house at the same time while there was a SUPER VILLAIN attacking part of the city? What lie could they have possibly told their caretakers to make up where they were all that time?

Lastly was when Freddy is at lunch at school. Everyone is watching him and staying away from him because earlier in the film, he claimed to have know Shazam (Captain Sparkle Fingers (probably making fun of the whole Captain Marvel title that he once shared))). He sits down at the back table alone, but suddenly, all of his foster siblings sit down at the table.

But they all had different lunch periods. *you say to yourself* How are they all here at the same time *as you grow more and more intrigued and confused*

The shot is that of Freddy being equally confused as you are (but you aren’t really confused because you see a doorway in the back of the shot.) Suddenly, Shazam stands in the door, and it’s just jokes all the way around. Saying things like, “He’s the coolest!” and “Oh yeah! We go way back!” Instantly making his status go up in the school. Most likely won’t be bullied anymore…but that wasn’t the last surprise. The collective lunch room dropped their jaws even further as soon as they seen the most famous hero in all the world (besides Batman). Superman comes in on the right. But here is the little trick that they did. They didn’t show his face. They didn’t have to have to pay Henry Cavill for a small guest appearance. Genius.

Thank you all again for coming to read my new post. I appreciate all of our viewer and hope that comes across in each post. Thank you all again for the lovely comments and e-mails. I always love hearing from you all. If you are new here, please feel free to contact us at candm.bodenmiller@gmail.com we check our mail regularly to keep up with any thoughts or concerns you all might have.

-Kay

To My Surprise…A Batmobile!?

Detroit Auto Show

Brings out the Super-Fans

Hey everyone! I hope that your day/night is classically amazing and hope that all your hard work is paying off for you. Some days, it might seem like not too much is changing, BUT I know that as time moves forward, so does your life! I believe that life is best when you get to experience things that truly make your heart sing with delight! What are some of the things that you like to do?

On March 2nd of this year, I had the privilege to go to the Detroit Auto Show for Classical Cars. My best friend Monze (mm-ohn-say) decided that she wanted to go see the show, and since I live over by Detroit, Michigan it was an easy to coordinate. Tickets weren’t all that expensive, so she paid, I believe that I grabed food for us, but my memory is pretty iffy. We went about 11-11:30am and did not leave the event till after 6pm. There were a ton of cars to see, and since there weren’t any time restraints, we were able to stay as long as we would have liked. If you have an interest in the automotive world, I would happily recommend going to see any of the shows that they have. If you would like to investigate this, you can visit this website to get to know the prices and dates! Click on the car link below to check it out!

The big reason on why Monze wanted to go was because the old school 1989 Batmobile from the film ‘Batman’ directed by Tim Burton. I don’t know what I was doing, but I was not listening when she told me this and was blindly walking around with her. That’s just what I do because, though I do love cars…I know nothing of them. All I wanted to do was spend time with my best friend, since we live far apart, and look at some dope looking cars.

How. I. Was. Surprised.

This is obviously not the car that i seen, but i found a paper drawing of this 1997 Batmobile in my library and i thought i should revamp it on my Surface. I thought it would fit in pretty nicely since we’re talking about Batmobiles! Let me know if you like it!

How magnificent it was to look off into the crowded distance, see the profile of the black beauty, grab onto my friends arm to swoosh her around, then make a B-Line for it. My camera couldn’t do it justice. I grew up watching all the Batman films, cartoons, shorts, and looking at the comic books. For me, seeing this car was amazing and also seeing the creator of this masterpiece! Sadly, they didn’t have a poster for the Batmobile. I wanted to get an autograph, but I didn’t think it would have been significant since it wasn’t with the picture of the car. As soon as I left, I thought this up…“I could have just taken a picture that I had already taken and had him sign the screen with his finger on my phone. STUPID ME!” Now I know for next time.

The reason that I wanted to bring this up was because I saw some super cool cars there that I thought that you all would enjoy! I made sure to take some pictures for you all. I also took them so I could show them to my uncle John. That Batmobile was his favorite one so I thought it would have been nice to share it with him as I am sharing it with you. Though he loves Superman, he can fully appreciate how astonishing it was to see the car from the movie (I have a poster picture that has all the info for it as well for you all)! Because of him, I know so much about Batman and Superman and the love I have for heroes all together. If he hadn’t of exposed me to this world, I don’t know if we would have met!

Do you think of Batman and not of Superman or Wonder Woman? All three are pretty much the core of the Justice League. Wonder Woman and Superman are the power couple in the DC world. Again, I didn’t know this was going to be here, so I was ecstatic seeing this! I believe that I captured the name of the owner of the car is on the poster I took a picture of. This creation was beautiful to see in person. The camera came close to what it was supposed to look like but alas…it couldn’t quite get there.

Sorry that this is a little had to read!

One last car that I had the privilege of seeing was a play on Iron Man! It didn’t have a huge painting of the character on the car like the Superman and Wonder Woman one, but the exterior and the interior was heavily influenced by the robotic superhero. I did see that on the window on the driver side (probably on the passenger side as well, I couldn’t look all the was around it) had a small decal of Iron Man (if you zoom in on the picture then you can see it clearly. Very subtle but a nice detail never the less. I can only imagine the sound of the car being turned on. To my guess, if it is anything like Tony Starks attitude, I would say that it is loud like a jet blasting and show-offish like a Peacock. I love it.

Great job to the people that created these beauties! They were Super amazing, and I was so happy when I got to see them in real life! I always see amazingly cool custom cars that have superhero graphics on them on Instagram, but never did I think I’d see the real 1989 Batmobile! You are all artists and should be recognized as such. I only hope to be as good as you one day, but painting isn’t in my blood (Ha-ha)!

Thank you all for stopping in to look at the cool things that I’ve seen and listening to me. I thought that you all would have liked to see these beauties and I’m glad that I was the one to show them to you! Thank you all for coming back to us at C&M and we hope that you enjoyed the new read! It was a dream come true to see the Batmobile that I didn’t even know I had but check that one off the Bucket List! This won’t be the last show that I will be going to, so maybe I’ll see you there!?

Have a lovely rest of your day/night!

-Kay

Captain Marvel and National Women’s History Month

Glowing

With

CAPTAIN MARVEL

Not everyone has watched this movie yet. I’ve held off for a little bit to makes sure everyone that wanted to see it has. There are going to be some scenes that I want to touch on, so if you are wanting to see this film, maybe not read more than a few paragraphs of this post. You’ll know when to stop. If you don’t care then by all means, please enjoy what I have to say! This is all just my thoughts and in no way supposed to be political! I don’t believe that I say anything over the top, so it should be fine!

March is Women’s History Month, as many of you have known. This month is to celebrate outstanding women in USA history that helped to change the way the nation viewed women in the work place, household, voting, and politics. But, the women in history didn’t just try to change things for just women. They helped change the future for all that live here in the USA. Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks, Sacagawea, the hundreds of musicians, producers, and other very amazing women in our nation’s past. They show that there can be cracks in the glass ceiling.

National Women’s History Month was founded by Molly Murphy MacGregor, Mary Ruthsdotter, Maria Cuevas, Paula Hammett, and Bette Morgan. For some, this month is to celebrate their heroes. A lot of the women Superheroes in our comic books are shaped around the idea of our past warriors, and why shouldn’t they be? Children of any gender can use our past female heroes as stencils to help shape their own lives.

There was no coincidence that the Marvel character by the name of Captain Marvel (directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck: produced by Kevin Feige) had a movie released on the 8rd day of March 2019. It was obvious that this was intentional move that the company wanted to do. I think they even said that was the reason that they made that the release date. But why did they want March 8th of all days. Though March is for observing Women’s History in the U.S. It is celebrated in a lot of other countries as well. If you have an interest in looking up facts about what makes this month so special, go to, http://www.un.org/en/events/womensday/history.shtml

My Thoughts On Critics

What can I say about Captain Marvel? Well, first off, I would like to say, I was bamboozled by critics (“professionals”) again. Before Chris and I went to the movies to go see it, I just wanted to go home. I wasn’t interest in watching it all that much. I’ve heard nothing but negative things about the film and how they have a huge agenda throughout the whole film. As I have mentioned in other posts, I think that if a movie pushes a subject too strongly and for too long, I lose interest in the experience. Chris bought the tickets, saying that we were going to go, but I was reluctant, because I didn’t want to sit through a film that does nothing but preach at me the whole time. I was fooled once again. How dare they do that. And while I was fooled, there are tons of people (little girls, little boys, adults) that wanted to be excited about this film, but others that have seen the movie first bash it so hard that it kind of takes the wind out of your sails.

The critics were saying that the acting was subpar and that the, “women can do anything that a man can do” attitude was too out there. Saying that it took them away from the story and that it was a poorly written script that only had that one purpose. To bash men for keeping women down. I’m upset that I let them control what I thought about a movie that I hadn’t even seen yet. Now that I have seen this film, this piece of art, I am glad to say that it was a fun and enjoyable experience.

I have one thing to say to those people, women and men alike. Have you ever experienced the things that she was experiencing? Were you a young girl that wanted to do “boy” activities but was told that you couldn’t because you were a girl? Did your father tell you that you couldn’t do something reckless because you are female, but your older brother could do it? Where you trying out to be a pilot in the late 1980s to early 1990s? Women’s options are far easier to obtain now than it was a few decades ago. And this is just by this movie’s time period. Did the critics even watch the movie with and open mind or were they only watching it with their own agenda, because I didn’t see it. I watched the same film that they did, as far as I know, and I don’t see what they seen. When you are trying to pick out specific things, you can’t help but see them. I shake my head at these critics. I’m not saying this film was the best thing that I have ever watched. I don’t know if I could ever say that I’ve seen the perfect movie, but I feel like they were just harder on it because it talked about a social issue that has been pretty popular in recent and distant times.

The U.S. is a far from perfect place. And sadly, there are still social issues that need attention. The U.S. is our home, and I am proud to be a citizen. I would like to think that we as a country, want to make progress for the future. This isn’t a blog about politics. We have enough of those around that have biases of their own, but that fact that some people knock a film down, that wasn’t even all that over the top, is crazy. Maybe I’m wrong of all of this, but I was not in any rush to see this movie. I honestly didn’t have that big of an interest in it but I’m here saying that I was wrong about it. Congratulations to Brie Larson and for becoming a role model for people of all ages. I thought that you did amazing and I hope you know that you are helping to create type of person for these young kids to look up to. We appreciate your talent here at C&M.

For what I am assuming on what the critics disliked about the movie, (too feminist and too in your face) were the flashbacks that Carol (Brie Larson) Danvers/ Vers had during parts of the film. As I mentioned a few paragraphs ago. I don’t see what they were seeing. I’m sorry to be a broken record but I am so flabbergasted every time that I think about it. Each time that Chris and I finish watching a movie from the theaters, we always talk about what we did like, and what we didn’t like about it on our ride home. He said, “I know there were pokes at feminism, but I just thought that her memories are just common things for girls growing up.”

I don’t mean to go off on a rant. That isn’t what I want on this site. It is to be a nice place that you all can come to, to enjoy my thoughts on comic related things…or maybe you think that we are charming people and want to support us! We both appreciate it supremely and hope that this post doesn’t anger you all. I just wanted to express my annoyance to the people that have a ‘status’ that others look up to for direction on how they want to view certain content. If they don’t like a movie, they of course should be able to share their opinions. As they are sharing, they should be thinking of the younger crowd that reads or watches their things. If they themselves have an agenda and want to ride the train to being viral, then (shrugging) I don’t know. That’s kind of suck-ish of them.

ONTO THE MOVIE!

Click this cool buzzing book icon to read more about Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel!

To my surprise, I found myself enjoying Captain Marvel. And since I wasn’t that excited about seeing it (as you now know), I was paying attention to the dialogue and imagery more than I usually do for the first time around. In the opening of all Marvel films, they always go through all the comics that relate to the main character and end it in the shape of the world ‘Marvel’. This time it was different. It had all (about 21 including the one in Captain Marvel) our late Stan Lee’s (1922-2018) cameos in all the past MCU movies. My heart grew soft and warm as I saw his smiling face on the screen once again (he will have his last live action cameo in Avengers 4 Endgame). Right after ‘Marvel’ dissipates, black screen envelopes the large screen and clear white letters come to view to thank Stan Lee for all that he’s brought into this world. He made a lot of people very happy and created amazing childhood memories with fun heroes.

We travel to space, far…far away from Earth and brought into a nightmare of a young Vers. It seems as a memory, but all she remembers is life on the planet that she resides on now. Quickly, she rushes to her superior’s sleeping quarters to wake him up. As we watch further, we learn that this has been a habit of hers long before she could remember. Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) opens the door to his room to find Vers alert in the hallway, he knows that she has had one of her nightmares. To get herself back to her usual self, she asks him if he’d like to fight. A somewhat relieved yet tired, Yon-Rogg obliges her request. The next thing we see is a training session for the Kree Imperial Militia, Star-Force was what they were apart of, featuring the two characters, but she isn’t using her powers. It seems that he wants her to learn how to fight without them, because they could be “taken away” from her at any point so better learn how to train without them. Which I can see the point that he was making there.

Why, though, would he not want her to use her powers in a fight? Is it to protect her? But, if her powers are there to protect her, then why does he seem to fear them so much? I’m sure I was squinting at the screen because there was something fishy going on, but he seemed to genuinely care about her, so I didn’t understand. Maybe because he seems like her guardian?

The training continues as he strikes her hard to make her fall to the ground. This would be the first time that we, as an audience, see her power fists. Kind of reminded me of Iron Fist with his glowing hand, but hers was much more ‘mystical’ looking, while his would glow gold. It seems she knows how to control her powers enough to direct them into certain parts of her body. It was a part of her so I think it would be sort of second nature to her.

He peers down onto her and watches her fist become aglow, quickly demanding her to get control of her emotions. Their species practice a harsh, ‘controlled emotions’ (like Vulcans from Star Trek) that she just can’t get the hang of…but if she is of their species and from that world, then why can’t she do that? Many questions are forming because she’s old enough to where she should have learned how to do this by now, but she had memory lose so that’s why she had to relearn all these things, I guess. Her emotions get the better of her and BAM! Her fist smashes on his torso faster than a speeding bullet, sending his rag-dolled body across the room and splats against the wall that was sitting behind him throughout the fight. Down he falls! Looking up, he sees her face turns into an ‘Ooopie daisy’ and apologetic look.

Their back and forth from one another was very fluid and familiar. As if they have been superior and subordinate for many years. Turns out that was about six years that they would be acquainted. Later in the film, we learn why it was only for six years that they knew of one another.

Going about 3/4th the movie, we learn what happened all those years ago. Just a quick summery of what happened through the movie so that I can get to the part of the film that I want to talk more about.

Also, I don’t really remember when Goose (Reggie) the cat came into the film. Pretty sure it was when they went to the old plane field…but he’s the best-est and good-est boy in all the world! He’s a Flerken which is a very dangerous being from space. He is in the comics as well but if you would like to read about him, you can click on this link to know more about him. The real cat, not his character he plays Goose and Fiery are pretty inseparable though out the film. When Goose finally showed part of who he was, with his three tentacle type tongues swallowing up three enemies in one gulp. Fiery freaks out a bit not sure what to do. But Goose has always been good to him so he tells Goose that he will pick him up again if he promised not to do that to him.

Later, we find out that Goose is the reason the Fiery wears and eye patch. Goose scratches his face casing the lose of sight. Of course, no one seen that, and no one will ever know real reason why she lost his eyesight.

This is the meat and potatoes of the storyline.

Buckle Up!

It’s going to be a fun ride.

~Throughout the movie, she was remembering ‘dreaming’ her past life here on Earth (which they call Earth-616), but that couldn’t be because she was a Kree, not a human. Right? She collects a young companion, ‘Detective’ Fiery. I think that he was one of the top people in the agency that he worked for, but he wasn’t in charge of the whole operation yet. He did have a boss, but I don’t know what his job title was. He did have a partner that we all smiled at, since he was killed in the Avengers. In the future, he would be called Agent Coulson.

~The ride around and they end up at a government building, which was a part of SH.I.E.L.D. He explains that everyone calls him ‘Fiery’. His mom, friends, coworkers, boss. Everyone.

~Fiery puts a hat on Vers that has the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo on it so she’d fit in. They get into the huge file room. Fiery calls for back up. The shapeshifter (Skrulls) ends up knocking out Fiery’s boss and taking his place. They take a ride together on the elevator and his boss calls him either Nick or Nicholas. Fiery side-eyes him and figures out that that wasn’t his boss. Oops. Fighting happens and Fiery apologizes for betraying her. He’s forgiven. They run away up the stairs and Coulson finds them, points a gun and decides to let them go.

~Retracing steps and chasing a lead.

~Finds long lost best friend from her past, Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch) and her young niece, Monica Rambeau (the adorable and loveable Akira Akbar). They had a big box of her past things to try and help her remember her life.

~Talos (Ben Mendelsohn, the leader of the Skrulls) find Vers (now being called Carol) successfully convinces Carol that the people that she called friends (Kree) were the real criminals and that the Skrulls were just a race of beings that didn’t want to bow down to them, so they were being wiped out. They were on the run and trying to find the rest of their people to go and find a home that the Kree couldn’t find.

~Talos has some of the audio of the crash. They listen to it.

~This was the part of the movie that I wanted to talk about the most. When she remembers her past life, she remembers her leader as she was a pilot. Dr. Wendy Larson, (Annette Bening) turns out that she was actually a Kree scientist that was on Earth secretly for research. There are nods to the comic book. As most movies, there are Easter-eggs all over this film. You just got to look for them. It’s like a game that you play with the directors.

~Captain Carol Danvers and Dr. Larson begin to test the new plane that Larson was tweaking with. It had a faster feel to it that Danvers could feel. Suddenly, they are being chased and shot at by a not so Earthly plane. Carol dives and swerves in the clouds to get away, but they crash after a lot try of getting away.

~Larson is injured and bleeding blue blood (if it hasn’t been clear to you yet, she isn’t from Earth) but is still moving around to try and get ahead of the mysterious enemy. This scene was a huge part in Vers nightmares. Larson is shot, and the mysterious enemy turns out to be one of the Skrulls. Now that she has cleared up questions that she had in the past, she can clearly remember the actions that had taken place that day. It wasn’t a Skrull…it was a Kree! (Dun Dun Duuuuun!) Not just any old Kree…it was Yon-Rogg! (Dun Dun DUUUUUUN!) Carol was born a human on Earth. She was a normal person before this all happened. So how did she get her power, you might be asking? Well…well…well! I’m here to tell you that right now.

~Yon-Rogg emerges from the smoke and shoots Larson. Carol takes the gun in her hands and holds it up the, then unknown man, to keep him from closer, but he still steps closer but slower. He spills the beans about who Dr. Larson (Mar-vell) was and what she was doing here on this planet. The back part of the plane she and Larson were flying continued to glow, catching the eye of the two. Carol doesn’t know much but she knows that Larson was her peer and was always very nice to her, and this man just shot her. Danvers points her gun to the glowing part of the plane, causing the man to panic. She shoots her shot. It hits.

~An EXPLOSION of ENERGY bursts from the source and finds a host to absorb it in entirety. The energy pushes everyone away but since Danvers was the closest to the surge, it absorbed into her body which now was glowing dangerously. An unconscious, future superhero, laid on the ground while the strange man approached her. Another foot soldier approached and attempted to shoot her. Yon-Rogg stops it in time, remarking that this stranger has the power of the thing they were looking for. They are to take her with them.~She remembers everything now, though she wants to fight it, because all that she knows is the way of her teachings from her superior.

~She changes her uniform’s color sequence with the help of Monica. One of the color schemes was a reference to DC’s Shazam, hinting that he used to be called Captain Marvel as well. The uniform was a visual representation of her cutting off her association with the Kree.

~Find the lost Skrulls on an orbiting satellite around Earth.

~Kree invade the structure and capture everyone, including Carol in a weird device that held her unmoving, on the floor, on her knees.

~Carol’s little device on her neck is acting up and her eyes are closed. She’s visiting the Supreme Intelligence. They’ve been using her to get to the Tesseract. We all know what the Tesseract is! That’s what this movie was all about!

~It’s told to her again that her powers can be taken away. They placed that electro-sticker on the nape of her neck to try and control her. To make it seem like they are the ones that gave her the power that she possesses. She finally started to remember the events that happen the day she received her powers.

~Carol finally realizes that her powers are not from the Kree. They were given to her by the Tesseract. The fight is on.

The shocking object that was by the nape of her neck starts to static and is disactivated. All of Hell is about to break loose! Her body is aglow and intensifies second after second. Even her hair looks like white licks of fire. Her hands are pretty much non-existent because you cannot see them though the light that is eliminating from her. Her eyes were just pure light. Like looking at a holy angel that is descending from the heavens. Energy is just radiating off her, which scares the living bejesus out of everyone while they are all in an awe. She’s ready to kick some butt.

The fight scenes in the rest of the movie was her plowing from one enemy to the other. Ripping though ships and pretty much (not really looked too closely but) killing a bunch of beings from another planet. Hero movies usually gloss over that detail.

Remembering that Yon-Rogg is on Earth, Captain Marvel zooms back to the surface to find him. He knows that he would be able to beat her with her power and tries to make light of the situation. He exclaims about how proud he was of her and how her training has been a success. He also tries to get her to show off her skills of fighting without her gift. ‘Come on! Can you beat me without those power fists?’ (vaguely what he said and what I got from his shouting.)

He gets ready to try to fighter her without her powers. Last minute, she energizes and punches him to kingdom come! This had me dyin’! I’m so happy that the director had done that instead of her trying to impress her (not so superior) late superior. She doesn’t have to impress anyone anymore. It’s time for her to impress herself, and I clap for that. As short as this paragraph is, that’s how short the fight was. Amazing and well-acted!

Captain Marvel drags his rag-dolled body to the little damaged ship that was around them. He exclaims that he can’t return to their home planet with nothing. Yon-Rogg looks full of panic and he knows there’s nothing he can say to keep her from sending him back. She tells him that that isn’t her problem. Zoom! Off he goes.

The end of the movie has her offering to find the Skrull a new home to live and to find the rest of their species. She also hands Fiery a device that looked like a pager. If he ever needed her, she would come back and do whatever she can to help. She amplified the signal to spread across a couple galaxies. Very nonchalant.

The end credit that stars Captain America, Black Widow, Bruce Banner/Hulk and War Machine is super cool because it pretty much sets up for Avengers 4: Endgame! War Machine alerts the team that the “thing that was blinking” stopped blinking. Not knowing what that means, they become on their guard. What happens when whatever was being signaled shows up? They have no idea. They’ve never even been told about what that device was for.

So, for what I understand, and this is my own math…never was my strong suit, I believe that Captain Marvel was gone and away from Earth-616 for 24 years (leaving in 1995 to the year 2019), to which she returns. It seems that she doesn’t age like normal humans do because Yon-Rogg transfused his blood into her (mentioned earlier in the film as a test question). All that had seemed to change was the length of her hair.

“Where’s Fiery?”

Thank you everyone for coming to check out our site and our new post! We try to give you something fun to read each time you check in on us! I want to remind everyone and myself, that if you are excited about a movie, or not so sure, try not to take another person’s word as gospel. It can be hard to do just that. I have enjoyed my fair share of movies that others did not. Your taste in film is that of your own, so don’t get discouraged! Treat yourself out! You deserve it.

Have a Super-day!

-Kay