I recently read a review of the new MCU film The Marvels, the sequel to 2019’s Captain Marvel. While the critic raises some fair critiques, I believe the film still represents an overall positive step forward for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The reviewer argues The Marvels lacks originality once the initial reunions wear off, with no strong antagonist or stakes. However, I found the character dynamics between Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel, Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau, and newcomer Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan to be engaging. Their different backgrounds and powers offer plenty of comedic and action potential.
While the villain is forgettable, the film succeeds more as a character piece about these three heroes coming together and learning to work as a team. And Marvel fans will enjoy the clever connections to previous MCU entries like WandaVision through Rambeau’s powers.
The critic notes the film never fully capitalizes on its diverse, female-led cast. But these heroes still represent progress for on-screen representation, even if the storytelling plays it safe.
Ultimately, The Marvels feels most noteworthy for how it advances the larger MCU narrative. By seamlessly integrating characters from Marvel’s Disney+ shows, it paves the way for a more interconnected on-screen universe. The fun cameos tease an exciting new era on the horizon.
In that regard, The Marvels hits the soft reboot button the franchise needed after a string of formulaic sequels. It may not totally break new ground, but successfully bridges Marvel’s TV and film worlds. This modest sequel lays promising groundwork for more ambitious projects down the line.
So while flawed, The Marvels remains an enjoyable step forward into new territory for the MCU. It balances humor, action, and character chemistry with an eye toward the universe’s future. I believe most Marvel fans will find it a fun, if unremarkable, new entry that points affectionately toward greater things ahead.