Film: Larson takes a Marvelous turn

Captain Marvel's writing and directing team Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have a lot of fun with their 1990s setting, mining the era for nostalgic references and soundtrack cues, but politically their film is very much of the moment

10th March, 2019
Brie Larson in Captain Marvel

After 20 films, and more than $17 billion at the box office, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has descended into the kind of endlessly repeating formula you’d have seen in a Tom Mix serial from the 1930s. With Captain Marvel, the first female solo character in the studio’s ten-year history (and its first blockbuster co-directed by a woman), the studio has changed tack. That long overdue gender reversal is welcome, but after multiple iterations of essentially...

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