The Marvels will be hitting the cinemas after a couple of months. It marks the completion of Marvel’s 2023 film lineup, which commenced with “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” and continued with “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 3.”
While ‘The Marvels’ is already getting mixed reactions from audience, let me stress on the fact that this movie is going to be at par with Quantumania. But with this post you will have an idea about what to expect
Remarkably, it has been over four years since Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel illuminated our screens in her inaugural solo film. Transforming from an Air Force pilot named Carol Danvers into a superheroine, she left an indelible mark by altering the course of the war in “Avengers: Endgame” and making fleeting appearances in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and “Ms. Marvel.” And now, she makes her return, accompanied by a pair of companions.
The Marvels – Official Trailer
Who are The Marvels ?
The Marvels is a group of superheroes namely Captain Marvel a.k.a Carol Danvers, Ms. Marvel a.k.a Kamala Khan and Photon a.k.a Monica Rambeau.
This movie was supposed to be Captain Marvel 2 but with time Marvel thought it would be better to include Kamala and Monica and deepen their bond as well. Hence, the name was then changed to The Marvels as all of them will be sharing the screen time.
Time for a recap:
At first Carol Danvers thought that she was a Kree but then later realized that she was a U.S. Air Force Pilot. An explosion from experimental Kree engine gave her superpowers. Larson was also there in the post credit scene of Ms. Marvel. This movie will take the storyline further.
Note that Monica has not yet been named Photon. However, at some point in this movie, I believe that she will take this name.
Monica was previously seen in WandaVision where she was a S.W.O.R.D agent. You might also know that she is Maria Rambeau’s daughter. Maria was also Carol’s best friend.
As Monica crossed to the hex barrier created by Wanda, she gained her powers.
Then there’s the odd one out Kamala Khan. She’s just a teenager who can harness cosmic energy because of a bangle. This was bangle was passed in her family from her grandmother. She idolizes Captain Marvel and the fact that they’re together leaves the room for a lot of curious discussions.
What is the plot of The Marvels?
Here is the official synopsis of this movie:
“Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel has reclaimed her identity from the tyrannical Kree and taken revenge on the Supreme Intelligence. But unintended consequences see Carol shouldering the burden of a destabilized universe. When her duties send her to an anomalous wormhole linked to a Kree revolutionary, her powers become entangled with that of Jersey City super-fan Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, and Carol’s estranged niece, now S.A.B.E.R. astronaut Captain Monica Rambeau. Together, this unlikely trio must team up and learn to work in concert to save the universe.”Source – Marvel Studios
The plot is clear from the trailers themselves. This ‘Quantum Entanglement’ is the center of this movie. It’s the reason why Nick Fury has to include Kamala Khan. Kamala’s bangle is supposedly rumored to be MCU’s version of the Nega-Bands.
It seems that Marvel had adopted some part of that storyline to bring the trio together.
Remember when in Ms. Marvel it was established that one band was missing? Well, you can see Dar-Benn wearing the missing bangle in the trailer. Maybe that is what’s causing the quantum entanglement.
It’s also possible that Dar-Ben using the bangle creates incursions which the trio might deal with.
I will update this post as Marvel releases details.
Who is the villain of The Marvels?
The villain of The Marvels is Dar-Ben. She’s the gender-swapped version of the same name. In the comics, Dar-Ben is a Kree who wants to restore his homeland after war. Dar-Ben is a member of a militia group of the same name.
The Marvels cast
Here’s the cast of this movie:
- Brie Larson as Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel
- Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
- Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau
- Zawe Ashton as Dar-Benn
- Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan / Ms. Marvel
- Park Seo-joon Pas Yan D’ Aladna
- Zenobia Shroff as Muneeba Khan
- Saagar Shaikh as Aamir Khan
- Mohan Kapur as Yusuf Khan
My Thoughts on The Marvels
I was much excited for Antman and The Wasp: Quantumania solely because of Kang and that movie still felt mediocre to me. Guess what? The Marvels is at par with Quantumania.
I strongly feel that this movie might be missing a lot of elements of a good movie. Three of those are:
- Lead Character
The runtime of The Marvels is just 98 minutes making it the shortest MCU movie. This clearly means that Marvel didn’t have enough content for this movie. It’s even less than all the six episodes of Secret Invasion.
Although Captain Marvel is the lead character, how much of screen time will she get in 98 minutes? Keep in mind she also has to share the time with Kamala, Monica and other characters. This means that this movie will hardly provide any character development for her.
For this movie to be good, the villain needs to be fierce, merciless and adamant. But with kid Kamala around, is Marvel Studios willing to cross that barrier? The answer is no. The villain is going to be another weak character who will get defeated easily in the end.
There’s your recipe to another mediocre Marvel movie
But this movie will take 2 small baby steps towards the future. Why? Because of the post-credit scenes.
There are spoilers after this, so read at your own discretion.
How many post credit scenes are there in The Marvels?
There is only one post credit scene in The Marvels. Initially there were two rumored post credit scenes. However, the first scene is now merged with the end of the movie.
Here’s how Kamala Khan meets up with Kate Bishop:
Kamala Khan finds a tablet containing names of all the active Avengers. This tablet belongs to Fury. While going through the list of all the names she stumbles upon Kate Bishop’s name and her address. As Bishop leaves in New York City next to Jersey City she goes and meets her there.
Kamala then tells Bishop about the events of The Marvels. She tells Kate that Scott Lang has a daughter. This scene points to a ‘Young Avengers’ projects which Marvel Studios has been teasing for so long.
Post-Credit Scene 1
Apparently, the climax of this movie is set up in way that Monica Rambeau will have to sacrifice herself to stop an incursion. Because of this she ends up in another universe after which the movie ends.
After the credits roll, Monica wakes up in hospital to see her mom Maria Rambeau dressed up as a member of X-men team. There’s no indication that this is Earth-838. There’s also Beast from the old X-Men movies. He even points that Charles wants an explanation about what just happened.
It couldn’t be Earth-838 as Maria Rambeau is already dead there.