“Captain Marvel” Soars To New Heights

Disclaimer: This review will be spoiler free.

Higher, further, faster, baby.”

On March 8, which also happened to be International Women’s Day, the highly anticipated movie “Captain Marvel” was released in theaters. The movie was met with many positive reviews – as well as harsh “criticism” from trolls on social media and Rotten Tomatoes.

When I first watched the trailer, I was excited and looked forward to finally having a Marvel female-fronted superhero film. It’s important for women, especially young women, to feel represented in this light. If they see that Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel can do it, then they can do it as well. I was also excited to Carol’s powers and some of her backstory.

Needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed. Brie Larson was absolutely perfect for the role of Carol Danvers – she was brilliant. This film is the best MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) movie to date.

And I’m not saying that just because the lead character is a woman. I’m saying that because it’s something for all women to relate to. The plot was empowering and a reflection of what women have experienced.

Women are often told to control their emotions if they want to pursue certain careers and that, because they are women, they will have to prove themselves. This film is a reminder to women that it shouldn’t be that way. It’s not a “feminist agenda” film, it’s an ideal portrayal of what women go through.

Throughout the film, I absolutely adored Carol’s character development. She went from controlling her powers and emotions because people told her to, to becoming one powerful, badass woman who realized how badass and capable she was.

She’s truly a hero. After the movie was over, I was just in awe of how powerful she became. It was absolutely inspirational to me.

Another character I loved was Maria Rambeau, played by Lashana Lynch. She and Carol were best friends that supported each other while they were in military training and Carol helped Maria raise her daughter, Monica.

They demonstrated a healthy and supportive female friendship. Carol represents being a relatable superhero while Maria represents being a relatable human hero.

To the women who haven’t seen the film or already have and are reading this, you don’t have to prove or explain yourself to anyone. You can be and do whatever the hell you want. You are stronger and more powerful than what you and others think.

No matter how hard you fall, you get back up and try again.

Don’t prove yourself or show your worth to people who only want to see you fail. Don’t be afraid of showing your emotions, they make you human.

You are the one with the power. Make it count, do not let it go to waste.

Izzy Rodriguez (she/her/hers)

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