The film will no doubt be compared to DC’s Wonder Woman at every turn, but the two origin stories share practically nothing in common. Marvel, and the multiple writers involved, were smart to keep a love interest absent from her story, as Danver’s has entirely too much on her plate to even think about courting someone – let alone giving them the time of day. What we’re treated to, instead, is a fresh take on the ‘origin film’, that somehow doesn’t feel that fresh at all.
Larson’s supporting cast is strong, with Samuel L. Jackson providing our only real link to the MCU at large as we discover quite a bit about his younger days. Agent Coulsen’s return to the fray, however, is little more than a cameo, unless the studio decides to play on a certain plot-point we won’t spoil here.
It’s the new additions that truly shine, with Lashana Lynch’s Maria giving Carol’s past, present, and future the heart it needs – and Jude Law’s excellent turn as Carol’s mentor that serves to create most of the narrative’s tension.
The real M.V.P, though, is Ben Mendelsohn as the Skrull warrior Talos, who’s personality is all over the proceedings – even if some of his dialogue doesn’t exactly land.