I have to admit, prior to seeing Spider-Verse, I was feeling a little bit burned out on superhero movies. While overall I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), I found it hard to keep track of all of the varying storylines, especially since these movies have been coming out for the past 10 years. It’s a lot to casually keep track of over the years.
But then Spider-Verse came out. And that movie changed everything for me. It reinvigorated my love for superhero movies.
So I was pretty excited for Captain Marvel to come out, and even more so because it came out on International Women’s Day. I was pretty tired of the lack of female superheroes, and while it’s kind of a bummer that it took this long for Marvel to give us that, I’m so happy it’s finally here.
I really, really loved Captain Marvel, and while it may be too early to say, I think it’s in my top five MCU movies.
I loved the 90s nostalgia, the early days of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the cat (who is the best sidekick ever). But my favorite thing about this movie is probably Maria Rambeau and her friendship with Carol.
Something I’ve always struggled with is having strong female friendships. For much of my youth and into adulthood as well, the majority of my friends have been guys. A lot of that time it was because I had this idea in my head that I was somehow above being friends with girls (lolwut?) and that having female friends would result in too much drama. I know that’s total bullshit now, but for a while I really did think that.
And looking back, it seems like a lot of the pop culture I was consuming perpetuated that idea. Topanga in Boy Meets World, Katara/Toph in Avatar: the Last Airbender, Hermione in Harry Potter, C.J. Cregg in The West Wing. All of these are women I’ve looked up to at some point in my life, and all of them are constantly surrounded by other men. It’s no wonder that I thought I would be happier without other women around me when all of the women I’d looked up to seemed to be.
None of those characters ever really interact with other women. Sure, Luna Lovegood eventually comes into their friend group in Harry Potter, but at first Hermione is mean to her and makes fun of her for being weird. Same goes for Katara and Toph, the two main female characters in Avatar, who are always hostile towards each other.
So even in the instances where there is more than one female character, their relationships are often portrayed negatively.
Captain Marvel completely upends that idea. Carol’s friendship with Maria is incredibly strong, and it’s really what drives the story forward for much of the movie.
I love that the relationship is portrayed as so selfless, too. Both women just want what’s best for the other. Neither of them is trying to ‘use’ the other for personal gain. It’s just a beautiful, honest portrayal of what friendship should be.
In today’s world, it’s so easy to fear for future generations and what they will have to put up with. Toxic masculinity is on the rise, and things don’t really seem to be getting better.
But then I see people like Jameela Jamil speaking out against unfair body standards, and it gives me hope. Captain Marvel gives me hope too. I’m so glad that the next generation of girls will not only have strong superheroes like Wonder Women and Captain Marvel to look up to, but that they’ll have positive examples of female friendships as well.