One of the newest, and most powerful, additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the human test pilot turned noble space-warrior hero Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel. The hero has superhuman strength, the ability to fly through space, and a pretty cool costume. Many Marvel fans, however, seem to have issues with Captain Marvel. This is not true for all Marvel-lovers, as many fiercely defend the hero who always gets up to fight, even when facing the toughest odds. Who is Captain Marvel, and what do the fiercely loyal fans of the MCU say about her?
Captain Marvel, Earth-name Carol Danvers, is played by Brie Larson and has appeared in her self-titled debut Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame. In the films, Danvers is an Air Force test pilot who receives her power following a plane crash. She is taken by an alien race named the Kree, and renamed “Vers.” She is given powers by the Kree and becomes a member of the elite Starforce group. After a series of flashbacks while on Earth with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and her friends Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch) and her daughter Monica (Akira Akbar), eventually, “Vers” remembers who she truly is, and becomes the hero she was born to be. After leaving Earth to help alien races in trouble, Captain Marvel returns 23 years later to once again save her home planet, by helping The Avengers in their fight against the powerful and ultra-devastating Thanos. Larson’s portrayal of Captain Marvel is meant to combine elements of comedy and inspiration, but it is not enjoyed by all members of the MCU fandom.
Larson has received a fair amount of unfair criticism for her portrayal of Captain Marvel. According to ScreenRant, MCU fans have knocked Larson for a variety of reasons concerning the character. Some complain the Oscar-winning actress does not have the correct physique to play the superhero, or that the delivery of her lines do not fit the character. Larson seems to brush the criticism aside, and focus on the many passionate fans who adore her character and see her as an inspiration.