Despite the negative reviews from some critics, the audience reception of "The Marvels" tells a different story. On Thursday, opening night, the film held an 83% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to a 54% critic score. Today, the score has actually gone up on both sides with an 85% audience score, versus a 61% critics score. This divide highlights the differing perspectives of moviegoers and critics. While some may focus on structural flaws, others appreciate the film for what it is—an entertaining addition to the Marvel universe. So lets dive in, shall we?
"The Marvels." Starring Brie Larson, Teyonah Paris, and Iman Vellani, this movie marks the 33rd installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). In this in-depth review, we'll discuss the main themes, analyze their implications, and explore the potential impact of this film. So, buckle up and get ready for a deep dive into "The Marvels."
"The Marvels" serves as a sequel to the 2019 film "Captain Marvel," which introduced Brie Larson as the titular character. While the first film received mixed reviews, it still managed to gross over a billion dollars at the box office. With this in mind, questions arose about whether the sequel would replicate its predecessor's success or fall flat in the current state of the MCU. Thus bringing in two more lead characters to ante up the excitement second go-around.
One of my main criticisms of "The Marvels" is that it spends a significant amount of time focusing on the past and future rather than the present. The film provides backstory and flashbacks to catch up viewers who may not be familiar with the characters introduced in other MCU projects, such as Teyonah Paris's Monica Rambeau from "WandaVision" and Iman Vellani's Kamala Khan from the "Ms. Marvel" TV series. While some may find this exposition necessary, others argue that it detracts from the main storyline.
I thought that it was a necessary kind of cool and stylish way for director Nia DeCosta to catch people up without dragging this film out. Despite the mixed opinions on the extensive backstory, it serves a purpose in familiarizing audiences with the characters. For fans of Ms. Marvel, this film offers a chance to see Iman Vellani shine in her role. This movie is, say, 75% Iman Vallani just letting loose, shining like you would not believe. The growth and development of Vellani's character, Kamala Khan, are evident, and fans of the comics and TV series will appreciate the faithful portrayal.
Teyonah Paris, is a little underused, but in a way where if you know her character from WandaVision, you'll understand her purpose. While Teyonah Paris's character, Monica Rambeau, may not receive as much screen time as some fans would hope for, her role is crucial to the plot. As the brains of the operation, Monica's intelligence and understanding of the situation drive the narrative forward. Her presence adds depth to the film and connects it to the broader MCU.
As for Brie Larson's portrayal of Captain Marvel showcases the character's growth and evolution. In "The Marvels," Larson's character learns to work alongside her new partners, shedding the burden of always being the sole hero. This growth adds a layer of complexity to Captain Marvel and sets the stage for future character development.
While some critics argue that the plot of "The Marvels" is weak, it's important to remember that not all moviegoers are looking for intricate storytelling. Many viewers seek escapism and simply want to be entertained. For fans of Ms. Marvel and the broader Marvel universe, this film delivers on that front. The action-packed sequences and character-driven moments provide the desired entertainment value.
One aspect that sets Marvel films apart is their post-credit scenes. "The Marvels" does not disappoint in this regard. The two post-credit scenes offer tantalizing glimpses into the future of the MCU. They introduce new possibilities and leave audiences excited for what's to come. These scenes provide a satisfying payoff for fans who have been eagerly anticipating the next phase of the Avengers and possibilities are, dare I say it? Mutants.
"The Marvels" offers an action-packed and entertaining experience for fans of the Marvel universe. While it may not satisfy every viewer's expectations, it delivers on the promise of showcasing beloved characters and setting the stage for future developments. The film's focus on character growth, the power of teamwork, and the introduction of new possibilities through post-credit scenes make it a worthwhile addition to the MCU. So, if you're ready for a thrilling adventure and a glimpse into the future of the Avengers, "The Marvels" is STILL a must-see.
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