Besides the Avengers, and Guardians of The Galaxy, Marvel Studios did not have many films that centered on a team. Most of its films focus on individual superheroes, such as Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and more. Now, after Endgame, Marvel Studios has pretty much increased the number of its superhero films that centered on a group of superheroes. We have seen The Eternals, Fantastic Four, and now The Marvels.
Like so many other superhero films and fantasy films, it started with the discovery of an ancient artifact that contains a supreme power that basically can make the wielder a walking god with the power to destroy a universe. It is so cliché and it is executed half-heartedly. It has no depth, it has no pressure point, and it is just another cliché-villain born from the will to revenge.
Concluding in a very typical way, it shows a visually okay effect yet somewhat empty spectacles of CGI lasers, colours, planet, and space. Moreover, Marvel films are now continually its lazy-ass technique by offering a compilation of seemingly pieced-together remnants from preceding films in many of its latest films.
To put it as briefly as possible, The Marvels is a team consists of Marvel most SJW-like superheroes whose superheroes names have ‘Marvel’ in it. Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) is the Captain Marvel, Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) is Ms. Marvel, and Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) who prefers to not have a superhero name.
Carol Danvers is grappling with guilt over the Kree vs Skrull civil war due to her prior actions. She undertakes missions for Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) to investigate an enigmatic rift in the universe. Meanwhile, Monica Rambeau is also examining the same anomaly. In a distant Jersey City, Kamala Khan is oblivious to these cosmic events.
When Danvers, Rambeau, and Khan come into contact with the space rift, an unusual phenomenon occurs, causing them to swap positions whenever they use their superpowers, often at inconvenient times. The origin of the space rift problems revolves around Dar-Benn (Zawe Ashton), a vengeful Kree warrior who possesses a potent artifact (only half of the artifact actually) and seeks retribution against Captain Marvel for her role in the devastating war that ravaged Dar-Benn’s home planet.
The storyline is just as generic as ordinary film, similar approach has been adopted in many action and even superhero films. What’s more disappointing is that there is no novelty toward this story. It feels like a film from a universe that just developed for 1-2 years, but Marvel has been going around for more than a decade.
The film struggles to overcome the perplexing complexity of its initial premise. The basic concept of the fighting revolves around the place-swapping situation, which is a promising and imaginative idea. However, the explanation behind this phenomenon is hazy, vaguely related to light, making it challenging to comprehend the reasons behind these occurrences and the specific objectives everyone is attempting to reverse. It’s pretty good to watch it when those 3 are trying to grasp their situation, but as the story goes on, it is getting boring.
The Marvels isn’t just stumbling on the big stuff, it’s doing the cha-cha on the small details too! Picture this: minimal chemistry vibes among the SJW-like trio, and the supposedly heartfelt moments? More like a cringe-fest that’ll have you reaching for the popcorn in second-hand embarrassment. As for the action scenes? Imagine a dance-off gone wrong – the fights are so poorly coordinated and edited that you might need a superhero decoder just to figure out what’s happening. Need a thrill ride? Look elsewhere, darling!
Our Score (5.5/10)
Title: The Marvels
Production: Marvel Studios
Director: Nia DaCosta
Writer: Nia DaCosta, Megan McDonnel, Elissa Karasik
Casts: Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, Iman Vellani, Samuel L. Jackson, Zawe Ashton, Park Seo Joon