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Captain Marvel is pretty good but a tad overlong. The cat was the real star. Had a nice pint of Moretti afterwards. Review to follow.
 
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Captain Marvel: Goose the cat is all important to this film as he adopts Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in 1995 we also learn how NIck lost his eye. Vers (Brie Larson) is an elite Alien soldier, a member of Starforce, on Hala she trains with her commander, Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) as she prepares for a mission. She and the rest of the team are ambushed and she is taken captive for interrogation by enemy shape-shifting Aliens. Escaping she lands on Earth where she links up with Fury in a search for the Holy Grail of power sources as the planet becomes a battleground for two competing Alien races. But Vers also has memories of a time when she was a USAF pilot.

The planet Hala is brilliantly imagined, a brighter Los Angeles from Blade Runner, advanced by centuries of development. The flying vehicles and spaceships convince as do the armour/suits of Starforce, they transform into aquanautic outfits as Vers and her SEAL Team plunge into the sea as they head towards their target. The fights are well choreographed but perhaps go on too long on occasion. Brie emerges as a new Superhero as she learns how to tap into her inner resources, powers she gained through an explosion rather than a bite from a radioactive insect. Some real comedy as the shape-shifting Aliens morph into surfers as they emerge from the ocean on Earth. Vers causes consternation on a train as she punches an old lady who is in fact an alien.

The storyline remains coherent and the effects are consistently powerful and convincing (especially in IMAX 3D). Directors (and co-writers) Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have delivered a worthy addition to the MCU. 8.5/10.
 

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No relation to the mythical movie 'Shazam'?
Well, the urban myth's name must have come from somewhere, though I suspect it was a word with magical meaning (like abracadabra) from before the comic was written, and used as a generic title because it sounded kind of like goofy sorcery.
 

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Well, the urban myth's name must have come from somewhere, though I suspect it was a word with magical meaning (like abracadabra) from before the comic was written, and used as a generic title because it sounded kind of like goofy sorcery.
Nope ... The origin of the word 'Shazam' is attributed to the Captain Marvel comic books, circa 1940.

... Arguably coined by American comic book writer Bill Parker in February 1940[1][2], from the first letters of Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury.
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/shazam

History and Etymology for shazam
incantation used by the comic-strip hero Captain Marvel, from Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury, on whom he called.
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shazam

invented word from "Captain Marvel" comics, 1940.
https://www.etymonline.com/word/shazam
 

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In Captain Marvel, do they have a discussion about what quarterpounders are called on the Kree homeworld?
 

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James Gunn rehired for Guardians of the Galaxy 3! So we now get a DC movie from him (Suicide Squad 2) and a Marvel! Bet the alt-right are beside themselves with rage. Mind you, when are they not? Anyway, sensible thing to do, and bodes well for the future of outrage culture, maybe we can move on from it. Sometimes.
 
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