Families are complicated, the newly formed super family the Marvels knows all about that. It’s just a shame that it all remains a bit confusing for the viewer.
From: Nia DaCosta
Starring: Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, Iman Vellani (105 min.)
In the cinema
In The Marvels Someone regularly floats through the universe on her own, insignificantly isolated in the middle of the enormous cinema screen. They are great resting points in the chaos. Because the scenario of this sequel to Captain Marvel and Avengers: end game bounces in all directions, just like the three superheroines who inadvertently teleport when using their powers. For example, Carol Danvers – Captain Marvel – suddenly ends up in Kamala Khan’s living room, who then ends up in Monica Rambeau’s space suit. You should know from the series how Kamala and Monica got their superpowers Ms. Marvel (partly directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah) and WandaVision on Disney+.
Because of that extensive history The Marvels often unclear to those who are not an Avenger fangirl like the mischievous Kamala herself. And while films from the Marvel Universe have never been short before, in this case an extra fifteen minutes could have benefited the entertaining characters. Because when someone inevitably sacrifices herself to save the world from destruction, we haven’t spent enough time with her to find it truly sad.
Instead, the catchphrase ‘higher, further, faster’ manifests itself in flashy interplanetary battles, while The Marvels is at its most fascinating when everything slows down. When Kamala and Monica don’t believe their ears on musical planet Aladna or the action film suddenly turns into an absurd cat video. Or when we are asked to understand the motivations of odious characters and reflect on the pain of displacement and the futility of war.
But the film’s real superpower? How normal it can be to see three supernaturally strong women fight a female supervillain in a blockbuster written and directed by women, which is not exclusively aimed at women. In terms of content, there is nothing explicitly feminist about it The Marvelsbut its existence is quite a leap forward. (fm)