The Marvels review: total fun from beginning to end

Brie Larson, Iman Vellani, and Teyonah Parris in The Marvels

The Marvels was simply a treat and great fun. From the opening credits to the last second. Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) uttered the final line, “Oh, shit,” which in Marvel-speak is a way to let you know that more is coming in the future to resolve the pickle Monica found herself in.

The Marvels plot involves some accidental energy upheavals. Somehow that led to Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Monica Rambeau, and Kamala Khan / Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani) switching places in the universe every time they used their powers at the same instant.

Brie Larson, Iman Vellani, and Teyonah Parris in The Marvels

The power switches led to some confusion in the beginning. Finally our heroes figured out what was happening. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) needed them to figure it out quickly, but even under pressure they took a few minutes to have fun with some juggling tricks.

Nick Fury needed them to quit having fun playing around with the switching and do something about the baddie Dar-Benn (Zawe Ashton). Dar-Benn is a Kree general out to steal back everything her planet needed to survive. She was doing it by creating holes in the space-time continuum that would destroy everything.

Dar-Benn got her hands on a bangle just like the one Kamela Khan got in the mail from her grandmother. The bangle that gave Ms. Marvel all her powers. Now Dar-Benn had powers.

To save the universe, The Marvels needed to get that bangle away from Dar-Benn.

Zawe Ashton in The Marvels
Oops, the bad guy has both bangles!

Of course it wasn’t easy to save the universe. There were battles and dances and Flerken herding. The special effects were stunning, as usual. Kamela Khan’s mom (Zenobia Shroff), dad (Mohan Kapur), and brother (Saagar Shaikh) somehow got hauled off into space with Nick Fury and a whole batch of Flerken eggs. There were suns that need restarting and oceans that needed moving.

Cameo appearances from Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), and Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) were the icing on the cake. Kamela Khan has some plans for Kate Bishop that I can’t wait to learn more about.

The Marvels was directed by Nia DaCosta. With the principal cast being women and the director being a Black woman, the Marvel bros made sure the film got bad reviews and bombed at the box office. I’m here to tell you it’s as good as any other Marvel movie and fun to watch. And, it clocks in at under two hours!

You can see it as part of your subscription price on Disney +, or rent it for $20 from Prime Video, Apple +, YouTube, and some other streamers. Don’t listen to the bros. It’s good.

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