Captain Marvel

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Captain Marvel

Ariel Reyes, Entertainment Editor

Marvel has been breaking barriers, first with “Black Panther” (2018) and now with the upcoming “Captain Marvel” played by actress Brie Larson, the second female superhero to have a movie. It’s long overdue that superhero films are able to represent and provide something relatable for female viewers.

Though it is not the first movie to have a female superhero lead in a film, “Captain Marvel” is a first for the Marvel company. A movie honing in on Captain Marvel was unexpected because she isn’t a very popular character. Captain Marvel’s alter-ego, Carol Danvers, plays a significant role within the Marvel Cinematic Universe as she will make an appearance in “Avengers: Endgame,” which comes out in May.

“I’ve been wanting to see it ever since the trailer came out,” said junior Natalie Bonilla. “Wonder Woman is a completely different thing so I wouldn’t compare it,” referring to the DC movie.

With the movie coming in March, many fans are expecting this to be as successful as “Wonder Woman” (2017) since it was the first ever superhero film that had a heroine lead.

Both movies should not be compared though. They are two different superheros with distinct origin stories and to top it off, they come from two companies that are constantly compared.

Female entertainers are constantly pitted against one another and instead they should be celebrated for their work.

When asked for a male’s perspective, senior Zenon Soriano said, “I think it’s pretty cool. It’s not the first one, but Marvel is finally doing it. Female empowerment, right?”

These movies offer female empowerment, but Larson made it clear during an interview with ComicBook.com that she wishes the audience to better understand how her character plays a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe instead of only looking at her like a female superhero.

The success of “Wonder Woman” opened up the gates for future films involving female superhero blockbusters and “Captain Marvel” is likely to produce the same success as it is already one of the most anticipated movies of 2019. Warner Bros. is also preparing for a release of DC’s “Birds of Prey” which is is expected to drop in 2020.

These movies, along with those to come in the future, symbolize a change in how young girls and older generations can look up to these heroines because representation matters.

 

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