The big impending arrival of Carol Danvers has happened with a bang. We now know why Kevin Feige was backing Captain Marvel so much. She really is the strongest that the MCU has, and that will be truly established once we see her fight side by side with the Avengers in Endgame.
Before we get that, let’s talk about how special this particular movie was. It wasn’t special because of the surprising twists and turns, or because of the immense power of Captain Marvel. The reason for its specialty was because of the focus upon little details. One of those details was Stan Lee.
The movie started off with an amazing tribute to Stan the Man as instead of all the superheroes, the Marvel Studios logo actually had the many Stan Lee cameos and BTS footage playing within it. And then we had a big message playing that said, “Thank You Stan Lee”. Every Marvel fan felt happy and emotional with this opening.
Don’t worry, this wasn’t the only thing related to the Cameo as Uncle Stan did shoot his cameos before his demise. He has a cameo in Avengers: Endgame and he sure did have one in Captain Marvel. What Stan Lee did was that he shot multiple cameos at once in a studio last year, and they all have been added into these films later on.
This was apparent with Captain Marvel. The Stan Lee cameo happened right before Carol’s fight with a Skrull granny on a train. In fact, it even factors in with how Carol determines the Granny to be a Skrull. Before she got on the train, she noticed an old lady getting out of the train.
As she gets on it, she checks out all the people on the train in order to find the Skrull Agent. It is at this time when we see an old man reading a Newspaper, and his face is hidden behind it. As Carol moves the newspaper, we get a closeup shot of Stan Lee smiling at Carol, and she also returns a smile at him.
Now, this wasn’t a typical funny cameo, but rather something very special as the way Carol smiled at him was how we smiled as well. But the interesting thing to notice through these close-ups was that Stan Lee and Brie Larson weren’t together while the shot this scene. The man behind the newspaper was clearly a Stan Lee Double, and as the newspaper is moved, we see the scene Stan must have shot last year with his other cameos.
Moving on from this, we see Carol step ahead and come across the Grandma Skrull. Then what? We see her sucker punch him right in the face as we saw in the trailers! Here’s how the fight happens:
Captain Marvel showed us how the amazing story arc of Carol Danvers. Last year, Brie Larson gave us a tease of how her character is a unique individual as compared to other Superheroes of the MCU. Here’s what she told EW:
“You have this Kree part of her that’s unemotional, that is an amazing fighter and competitive. Then there’s this human part of her that is flawed but is also the thing that she ends up leading by. It’s the thing that gets her in trouble, but it’s also the thing that makes her great. And those two sides warring against each other is what makes her her.”
Larson went on to talk about what really attracted her to take on this role. She mentioned that the in-depth dynamic of the role was the one that latched her on to being Marvel’s strongest hero. She said:
“That is something that is really exciting to me about this film: We did not cut corners on that stuff. Like, when it’s funny, it is funny, but also when there’s deep emotional things happening, it’s real. So I was able to bring some of those same things that I’ve brought to full dramatic roles into this, which I’m really proud of because I think it will really set this film apart.”
Captain Marvel is currently playing in the theatres.