“Marvel Studios’ ‘The Marvels’ dives into the celestial depths of its universe, ambitiously tying together the complex threads of an ever-expanding narrative tapestry. Brie Larson returns to the helm as Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel, with a resolve that firmly anchors her as the veteran amongst newcomers. The addition of Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan infuses youthful energy, while Teyonah Parris as Captain Monica Rambeau adds gravitas to the ensemble.
Under Nia DaCosta’s direction, the film unfurls a visual feast, with galactic vistas that promise to enchant audiences. The storyline, however, with its quantum entanglement of characters crisscrossing the cosmos, sometimes teeters on the edge of understanding, challenging viewers to keep pace with its ambitious jumps, especially if they haven’t been doing their homework (watching the various MCU streaming shows).
The screenplay’s exploration of camaraderie and self-discovery shines in places but is occasionally lost in the quantum shuffle. Action sequences dazzle with their complexity, though they risk eclipsing the quieter, more human moments that are the heart of the narrative. Notably, the film’s “jump points,” which Disney Parks fans will remember from their exhilarating flight on ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind’ at EPCOT, stand out as a high point to me.
The return of Goose the Flerken Cat is a delightful nod to the first film, providing both comic relief and a sense of continuity. This feline favorite brings a lighthearted counterpoint to the film’s grander scale, grounding it in the sort of whimsy that has become a beloved aspect of the Marvel formula.
While ‘The Marvels’ reaches for the stars with its high-flying ambitions, the interweaving of spectacle and humor always finds a harmonious balance. It’s a bold addition to the MCU, one that will fill audiences with awe and, occasionally, a touch of wonder at the possibilities of the universe it depicts.
Also, stay past the credits for a jaw-dropping surprise.
Gray is a lifelong Disney fan! From Disney+ to the parks, he loves it all. His favorite Disney movie is Beauty and the Beast, and his favorite attraction is The Haunted Mansion.