A Divalicious Review: The Marvels—A Wholesome Visual Experience!

By   |   November 13, 2023   |   Entertainment
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Movie contributor Hassan Wiggins gives his positively wholesome review of The Marvels.

Often, when we envision a comic book film, there are certain qualities that all viewers share. Whether you are a book-by-book fan or an occasional CGI action film enthusiast, visuals are key to telling the perfect superhero story.

Similarly, all viewers enter the dimly lit theater to experience an outlandish story compared to our lives without superpowers. Soaring through space, closing barriers into other dimensions, or even sillier experiences like a ship filled with alien cats, Marvel’s newest installment into their cinematic universe serves that experience with greater memorable visuals than most might anticipate.

Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) and Monica Rambeau (Tayonah Parris) embark on their first team adventure in the Marvel cinematic universe. It’s important to note that each character has made an appearance in the MCU before but never together until now. Kamala Khan began her journey as a hero in the streaming series Ms. Marvel. Monica Rambeau was in the highly popular quarantine hit, WandaVision. Here, she hosts her own subplot regarding the story after Avengers: Endgame, the cause of her seen powers in The Marvels. Then there’s Captain Marvel, which tells the tale of Carol Danvers.

The Marvels creates a wholesome visual experience with little focus on logistics or comic book knowledge. You can watch the film without seeing any of the pieces mentioned earlier or reading any of their respective books in the franchise.

The film takes little place on earth and allows the viewer’s mind to soar alongside our heroes to stop the universe’s newest villain, Dar-Benn (played by Zawe Ashton), a revolutionary dictator who wants to return light, water and hope to the people of her Kree Empire. Her methods, though radical, held true positivity, and it’s portrayed in each of her scenes. Wielding a kinetic hammer and the heart for change regarding her people, she chooses destruction to repair the misdoings of Captain Marvel that took place in her solo film. The perspectives of right and wrong differentiate between characters, but the emotion is fully there. These contradictory perspectives may speak in larger volumes to foreshadow what’s to come or what has occurred in the timeline.

Comedy runs rampant through the film and returns some lighthearted moments that many Marvel fans enjoy. With characters such as Kamala Khan, her parents and Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) bringing quotable one-liners and laughs to scenes some may feel were too intense. The Marvels intertwine both visual, comedic and choreographed fighting to turn those memorable comics into something we can watch play out in theaters.

While I am not a hardcore Marvel fan, nor do I participate in the comic releases, my laughs, awes and wows were just as genuine as the fans in the theater. These are the experiences expected from Marvel films, and their newest installment doesn’t fall short of the mark.

The Marvels is now playing in theaters nationwide.

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