These Are The 5 Best Spoiler-Free Moments From ‘Captain Marvel’

It’s the moment many of us have been waiting for for a long time: Captain Marvel is here. The superhero film, which is the first female-led solo movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has been highly anticipated. Since it was first announced in 2014 — wow, has it been that long? — the movie has undergone many changes and been pushed back several times. Now, the Brie Larson-led epic has arrived. Here are five of the best moments from the film, with no spoilers.

Captain Marvel premiere
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Nick Fury makes two new friends

When news first broke that Samuel L. Jackson would be reprising his role as Nick Fury in Captain Marvel, fans were both excited and confused. Since Captain Marvel takes place in the 1990s, how would that work? Carefully done visual effects “de-aged” the actor, and what’s more, we got to see him in a way we’ve never seen him before.

This is truly the origin story of how Fury began the Avengers Initiative. Jackson learns a great deal from his new friend Carol Danvers, and the pair have great chemistry on-screen. Fury also makes a furry friend through his adventures with Carol: Goose the cat. Goose is a more vital character to the film than one may first assume, and is an adorable addition to the team.

The female experience

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Carol and Maria Forever

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Like most superhero movies, Captain Marvel was plagued with angry comic book purists debating its every detail — even prior to its release. The Rotten Tomatoes “Want to See” score was littered with (primarily) boys who were angry at comments Brie Larson made about looking for diversity in the industry. And while the movie doesn’t spend time directly preaching about women in positions of power, it is absolutely feminist at its core.

Larson’s character spends much of the movie discovering who she is — and all signs point to a badass leader who never gives up. There’s a frequent discussion between her and her mentor (played by Jude Law) about how her emotions get in her way, though in the end, they prove to be her strongest asset. And Carol’s friendship with her former co-worker Maria is beautiful to behold, even in the limited amount of screen time it gets. There’s a lot more that could be said, but ultimately, there are undercurrents of the female experience that every woman, girl, or female-identifying individual can relate to here.

An origin story that reveals itself as it goes along

We’ve seen a lot of origin stories in the MCU: Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk. And while all are different, none are quite as unique as this one. Without giving anything away (this was a talking point in the trailers), the lead character spends a lot of the movie learning who she is, and it’s through her journey that her origin story is revealed. As far as storytelling devices go, it’s a fun one and allows for the action to begin right away, as opposed to spending a lot of developing her back story.

There’s a timeless political message at the heart of the film

I can’t talk too much about this, as it would definitely be spoiling a part of the film. But in general, superhero stories are rooted in politics (despite what many diehard fans may argue). Though it truly is Carol Danvers’ origin story, Captain Marvel is framed around a timeless question: Why do we fight wars, and what damage is caused by our choice to fight? In both of her lives as an Air Force pilot and a Kree soldier, the heroine of this story learns what it means to be loyal and how to determine who “the good guys” are.

The end credit scenes

Marvel’s end credit scenes have become the stuff of legends. Captain Marvel doesn’t disappoint, offering up one informative mid-credit scene and one fun one at the very end, after all of the credits have rolled. You’re not going to want to miss the mid-credit one — and don’t worry, you don’t have to wait long. Stay for the final one if you want a silly moment featuring the film’s breakout star.

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