Doesn’t bode well for the appearance of the Super Skrull in the MCU. Dammit.
I’d place this one in the bottom tier of the MCU movies with Thor 2 and IM2. Not actively bad, just mediocre enough for me to leave the theater thinking of how I’d fix it rather than how cool it was.
- Fury and Coulson were big pluses, but explaining the eyepatch (and the reason for calling it The Avengers Initiative) felt a little too much like how Solo was dutifully filling blanks that didn’t need to get filled. But it was nice to see nerdy stuff like Ronan showing up.
- Did not like the script bouncing around from planet to planet, it left very little time for any character development for the Kree and Skrull characters. There was absolutely no reason for the mission planet, that could have all been done on Earth.
- In fact, I think the movie should have stayed on Earth (or at least Earth orbit) and used a few flashbacks as needed, would have given the inner conflict more time to breathe. Too much of the film was spent setting up the big reveal good-bad guy inversion rather than exploring the inner contradictions that CM was being asked to reconcile.
- Would have liked to see the Skrulls better developed, they went from generic to aren’t they lovable without really earning it on the screen.
- Most of the soundtrack felt jammed in rather than additive or organic. There was an actual jukebox in the space station, yet it was not the source of the fight music.
- At no point in the movie did CM talk or act like a credible member of the US (or Kree) military, and that’s the script’s and the director’s fault.
- Marvel casting is usually excellent, but I found Larson to lack any charisma in the role, and her character’s attitude never seemed to stray very far from ‘flippant jerk,’ no matter what the state of her memory. If she’s going to be the face of the MCU going forward, they need to give her some range. And flaws.
- Yeah, the cat was funny, but a cat can’t carry the film.