We know that people have been looking forward to seeing Captain Marvel since they saw the post credit scene on the last Avengers: Infinity Wars. We also know pretty much nothing about her, other than she will be our first female stand-alone Marvel Superhero after eleven years and 21 movies (damn, we’re finally getting here) and she’s the secret weapon who’s gonna be the one who saves the universe from Thanos.

Of course, it’s Brie Larson, the Oscar winner,  who stepped in as Captain Marvel, and we can’t help but expect the best from this movie. Since it’s also the first Avengers movies to be directed (OK, co-directed) by a woman and being released on International Women’s Day, we just cannot help but hope for it to be more than just another MCU movies. Well, we also know in today’s era, a film like this is something they called the Ghostbusters syndrome; either people will be screaming happy because the future is (finally) female or on the other hand there always. Always. Will be some trolls that scream ‘Fuckin SJWs!’ for every blockbuster movie that finally will have a leading female role. So, it’s not really a surprise that even before its opening day there was a lot of mixed reviews spread around on the internet for Captain Marvel.

How did it go?

The year is 1995 and Vers (Brie Larson) is a member of the Kree Starforce on the planet Hala who spends her day train with her commander, Colonel Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) who always. I repeat, always. Tell her what and what not to do every single time. During a mission, Vers is captured by some shapeshifters alien called the Skrulls and land into a Blockbuster video store and eventually meet young Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) who we thought had a really amazing de-aging treatment and along the way, they finally finding out who Vers really is.

First of all, for an introduction story, the story was so simple. We have to say it could be so much better. No, it’s not that we are not having fun to finally feel a little bit represented in superheroes world while listening to TLC and Nirvana feel the 90s nostalgic during the film. It’s just we hope for something greater than this. We think Captain Marvel still lack of “it” factors. They didn’t let us see more dimension from Carol Danvers. Larson was absolutely an amazing actor and she did successfully deliver most of her witty lines and expression. But we were hoping we can see more from Danvers such as her vulnerability and her feminine side. We would like to have female heroes that fierce in our way not in the masculine way that feel so uptight.

However, all the flaws were paid by great decision from the team to fill in the role of the most important part in female life, a support system, a girl best friend who also a great single mother pilot. Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch) truly fill “the love interest male” part in Captain Marvel.

She is not just a friend, she is a family and she was not only just a “love interest” but she will be a massively important part of the war. But for us the best part is her speech to Carol when she said “You were the most powerful person I knew even before you had glowing hands,” that’s the spirit of sisterhood we never find in superheroes movies before even in Wonder Woman.

Actually, after the whole heavy topics we had in Black Panther, Captain Marvel feels so light and so subtle. We already prepared for some heavy politically correct agenda on feminism or something but it turns out feels just exactly like any other Marvel movie and it’s not a bad thing. There is some part that feels relatable to the world matters right now such as refugee issues, but again nothing quite substantial discussion shows in this movie.

Anyhow, we think we still enjoyed the movie very much. We are so glad they are not objectifying the hero and they even had a scene on how she dealt with catcalling at that time. We think overall the movie still strived for something great. There is still some empowered moment we had during the movie and we hope after reading this you find another perspective in seeing this movie.

The Mansplaining

If you already watch this movie, you might realize that Yon-Rogg was constantly telling Vers to stop being emotional, that emotion is bad. When the movie just started and we still don’t know who Yon-Rogg actually is, we thought to ourselves “Why this female first marvel movie promotes mansplaining???” Turns out we were wrong, it was showing mansplaining but on the contrary, it shows how toxic mansplaining is.

So, what is mansplaining? According to Bustle.com, mansplaining is: When a man “mansplains” something to a woman on the assumption that he must know more than she does. In many cases, the explanation has to do specifically with things that are unique to women — their bodies, their experiences, their lives. They are saying, essentially, “Shh. I know best.”

Want to know whether you’re mansplaining or not? Follow this simple chart. Credits: BBC.com

When Yon-Rogg told Vers to stop using her emotion and control her power, he basically forced Vers to live a certain way. Yon-Rogg even said this: “You’ve come along way, but you’re not as strong as you think”. It is the basic of mansplaining: telling women who they are and who they are not.

Most of the time, mansplaining happened with the reason “for your own good”. But, as we can see in Captain Marvel, the mansplaining only does good for the one who did the explanation. When Vers started to get to know her past and herself better, she realized that Yon-Rogg was very wrong. She became much more powerful when she started trusting herself, turned out she is much more powerful than what Yon-Rogg said. Turns out she’s being “emotional” is actually the beginning of her true power because her emotion, empathy, and fierceness are what makes her a superhero.

The entire narrative of Captain Marvel shows that emotion is what made us different. What made us better and stronger. As women we are really glad that these certain issues brought up in such a subtle way. Sometimes it’s hard for us to understand how important for us women to listen to ourselves because you have to believe in every strong and successful woman there is always herself.

So, If I have to hear once more Yon-Rogg said “I want you to be the best version of yourself” or “Control your emotion” I think I’m gonna throw up.

She is Just a Girl, She is Only Human

The fact that Captain Marvel hits the screens on International Women’s Day is not something we can deny. According to data from the metrics firm Captify, there’s been a 73% uplift in searches for Captain Marvel related to female empowerment movements including #MeToo, #TimesUp and #IWD2019. So how is the movie setting on mid 90s relate to these movements?

Well maybe it’s not.

But maybe it’s for the better.

Because we almost teared up when Carol Danvers from different years of her life were trying to get up after falling. aEven when she hasn’t got her power yet, she always stands up no matter what. She always gets up even when men tell her that she’s not capable of doing what she wants to do. We almost teared up when we finally see that she realized the true power that she had all this time.

Carol Danvers always gets up no matter what.

“What will happen if I’m finally set free?”

This rhetorical question is the most relatable question that still popped in our mind even in 2019. We, women, had been fighting with one hand tied behind our back. we always do. it’s more than just a movement. It’s a lifetime war for us. And there will be a time when we finally unleashed our true power. There will be a time when we will be unstoppable. And Captain Marvel is only a small way to normalized those narrations into every young girl out there.

All of that aside, the movie is more than just a fun ride. It is funny, witty, fluffy (we love you, Goose!), nostalgic and it is definitely resonated with every single little girl out there. It is a love letter to all female audience yet it’s so grounded. After all we still have a long way to mainstreaming the idea of girl power. And thanks to Captain Marvel, every woman every girl in this International Women’s Day have a new mantra. “We have nothing to prove to you”.

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