BREAKING: Marvel released the first trailer to intrigue us since Avengers: Endgame. We try not to make too much of this, largely because it’s not worth the blowback on social media, but from where we’re sitting, Marvel hasn’t done a thing to excite us in years, despite releasing new product roughly six times a year. The last thing they did that struck us as interesting and creative was WandaVision and they immediately tainted the whole thing with the inferior Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. They’re trying like hell to build a universe without most of the original core Avengers involved and they haven’t quite hit the mark on any of it, as far as we’re concerned. As an intellectual property, Marvel is suffering from the same Disneyfication that has struck the Star Wars universe: too much product being shoved out, to the point that the audience member is required to keep up with an ever-expanding library of series and films in order to understand what’s going on in any one of them.
We’re intrigued! This almost feels… a little fresh?
Maybe it’s because it only relies on a few disparate strands of MCU knowledge. It helps that neither Monica (the adult version) nor Kamala have appeared in a film yet and they’re both new enough to superheroing that everything they do feels like a new thing to watch. It also helps that Carol remains fairly undeveloped onscreen, at least in relation to characters like Thor, Captain America (the OG) and Spider-Man. We like that they’re not hitting the “Girl Power” button too hard on this one. It just feels like a fun superhero space adventure without any ties to the multiverse or anything like that.
In Marvel Studios’ “The Marvels,” Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel has reclaimed her identity from the tyrannical Kree and taken revenge on the Supreme Intelligence. But unintended consequences see Carol shouldering the burden of a destabilized universe. When her duties send her to an anomalous wormhole linked to a Kree revolutionary, her powers become entangled with that of Jersey City super-fan Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, and Carol’s estranged niece, now S.A.B.E.R. astronaut Captain Monica Rambeau. Together, this unlikely trio must team up and learn to work in concert to save the universe as “The Marvels.”
The film stars Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, Iman Vellani, Samuel L. Jackson, Zawe Ashton and Park Seo-joon. Nia DaCosta directs, and Kevin Feige is the producer. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Mary Livanos and Matthew Jenkins serve as executive producers. The screenplay is by Megan McDonnell, Nia DaCosta, Elissa Karasik and Zeb Wells.
Marvel Studios’ “The Marvels” hits U.S. theaters on November 10.
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