7 Essential MCU Movies: Captain Marvel (2018)

Before Avengers: Endgame arrives this weekend, let’s revisit the 7 essential MCU movies you should rewatch before the Infinity Saga comes to a close…


What’s it about? Back in the 1990s, the Kree warrior known as Vers crashes to Earth during a conflict with her enemies, the shapeshifting Skrulls. But, with the help of a young Nick Fury, she’ll discover the truth about her human origins and who the real villains are…

Why is it essential? After 20 movies, Marvel finally delivered a movie with a woman in the lead, making Captain Marvel one long overdue milestone for the MCU. In terms of arc significance, the movie fills in Fury’s past – including how he lost his eye – and features another appearance for one of the Infinity Stones. i.e. the Tesseract.

Why is it worth re-watching? This one’s still in cinemas so, prior to Avengers: Endgame, why not give it another watch? Captain Marvel is a fresh take on the well-told superhero origins story that’s bolstered by a smart twist that touches on real-world themes of immigration as well as having some strong feminist subtext.

What’s the best scene? That has to be the awe-inspiring moment when Carol Danvers goes Binary – as it is known in the comics. Having realised Jude Law’s Yon-Rogg was suppressing her abilities, Carol literally glows with power – proving that she is the most powerful hero in the MCU to date.

What should I watch out for? Back in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Fury tells Cap “the last time I trusted someone I lost an eye.” In CM, Fury says to Goose the cat that he’s trusting him not to hurt him, when the Flerken ends up scratching his eye out. If you think it’s weird Fury described the alien feline as a someone, the final scene of CM sees him lying about how he lost his eye to Phil Coulson – clearly he keeps this up over the years.

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