I’m really excited for the upcoming Captain Marvel movie. The 21st film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel will feature Brie Larsen as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel. The film is notable as the first Marvel film to feature a female lead. Finally.

I haven’t read too many Captain Marvel comics over the years. However, I did follow all the different Captain Marvel series during the 2015 Secret Wars crossover event. I loved the Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps comic series. It featured Carol Danvers leading a team of female superheroes. I believe Captain Marvel was also a member of the A-Force, the first all-female team of Avengers.

The new film features many different elements from the comics, however, as usual Marvel takes a mixed tape approach to the Carol Danvers origin story.

In the film, it appears Carol Danvers was an Air Force pilot who somehow is rescued (or abducted) by an alien race known as the Kree. The Kree have been mostly depicted as villains in the Universe Series so it will be interesting to see how they are portrayed as “noble warrior heroes,” as Captain Marvel describes them in the recent trailers.  Either way, the Kree apparently fuse her DNA with their own, giving her powers previously unseen in the realm. From what they show in the trailers, the catch is that Captain Marvel doesn’t remember her Earthly origins. 

It will be exciting to finally have a Marvel film lead by a strong female lead. I only wish my daughter would have had the chance to see this character on the big screen when she was little. It would have left a stronger impression on her.

That said, I’m excited for all the young girls who will get to see a girl piloting jets and spaceships, gaining superpowers and saving the day. Hopefully, my daughter and I will be able to take her little sister, who is the perfect age to experience Captain Marvel on the big screen.

The message, I believe, will be powerful and inspiring.

I’ll be at the premiere screening in IMAX on March 7. Let me know if you’ll be checking the movie out by sending me an email at cfernandez@mattosnews.com.

Cruz Fernandez is a staff reporter and weekly columnist at the West Side Index and Gustine Press-Standard. He can be reached at cfernandez@mattosnews.com or by calling (209) 243-8105.