Captain Marvel, she’s a hero, gonna take girl power up from… zero!? SHE’S GOT POWERS MAGNIFIED AND SHE’S FIGHTING ON MANY PLANETS’ SIDES.
Ok, my Captain planet theme song re-purposing didn’t quite work. I’m just amped about Captain Marvel. But I do kinda hope I’ve got that tune stuck on repeat in your poor brain. Full disclosure, I wanted to get my hands on a copy of it ASAP purely due to needing to see it again and again – so I am very bias and will try to make you grab a copy. Luckily, the special features add that little sprinkle of extra, worthwhile incentive!
You can check out my thoughts on the movie itself here! My overall feelings about the film and the character of Captain Marvel are probably best summed up in the following excerpt from a review written by an esteemed reviewer I know (myself)
Where Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman was stoic and intimidatingly beautiful, Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel was down-to-earth and approachable. Wonder Woman’s background meant that she never seemed to fully ‘fit in’ with humankind, Captain Marvel has the warmth of a mother, a best friend and ‘the girl next door’ all wrapped up into one wonderfully relatable and badass lady. She is the embodiment of ‘girl-power’ without throwing shade at or trying to dominate men.
Let me break down that bonus material for ya.
First off, let me tell ya, that when you insert the disc you will be greeted with a 90s-esque loading screen that will take you back to the perfect 90s nostalgia from the film. It’s all in the small details for me so I was convinced it was worth getting a copy just from that XD
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Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are instantly likeable, as they are clearly comic-book nerds who are super passionate about Captain Marvel as a character. I haven’t watched the film with the audio commentary yet – but I definitely plan to after their introduction and the behind the scenes footage of them in the featurettes.
- Movie with Intro – An introduction by directors/screenwriters Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck.
- Movie with Commentary – Commentary by directors/screenwriters Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck.
- Becoming a Super Hero – This is basically a look at what it was like for Brie Larsen to become such a powerful superhero in the Marvel Universe. You get to see how much training she had to put in for the role and see the amazing female airforce pilots she spent time with – to properly understand the character. I really loved this extra bit of insight into Brie Larsen as well. The role was obviously a huge opportunity for her, and it’s nice to see her be pretty fan-girly about it AND THE CUTEST MOMENT EVER between her and Stan Lee!
- Big Hero Moment – This featurette looks at why Captain Marvel is so important to the Marvel Universe and to the current generation. It’s basically like a continuation of Becoming a Super Hero and I’m not sure they needed to stretch out the content into two different segments. Brie has less to say in this one and I really started to notice how they make a single sentence she says go a long way, by cutting it up and chucking lots of film footage in between her words. They really could have just taken a few key quotes from this and included it in the first featurette.
- The Origin of Nick Fury – As you may have guessed, from the title, this featurette explores Nick Fury’s origin story. You get to hear from some familiar faces like Robert Downey Junior, Chris Evans and (of course) Samuel L. Jackson on this pivotal character in the Marvel Universe. It really highlighted, for me, just how influential he is and what a master of manipulation (for the greater good) he can be!
- The Dream Team – I knew literally nothing about the writing/directing team, that is Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, before watching this! It was really cool to see how their passion for the comic book character influenced the crafting of the film version. You get to hear from some of the cast and crew about what it was like to work with them and see them in action on-set and behind the scenes. It’s very clear how much fun this movie was to make for everyone involved and, seemingly, due to their involvement.
- The Skrulls and the Kree – A more in depth look at the two warring races in the film and how easy it is to change perspective on who is in the right and who is in the wrong depending on which side is controlling the narrative. It also highlights how actually badass being able to shapeshift is. It was something I loved about the Skrulls, because they actually used it very tactically to achieve their goals – not like stupid movies where the use of shapeshifting makes NO SENSE (I’m looking at you It Follows)
- Hiss-sterical Cat-titude – THIS IS THE BEST FEATURETTE BY FAR. This is all about Goose and it is delivered in the package of a terrible 90s trailer! I had so many lols while watching the chaos that is Hiss-sterical Cat-titude (oh yes, there are puns a-plenty). It’s a beautiful creation only made more beautiful by the clips of Samuel L. Jackson saying super cute things about his working relationship with a cat.
The deleted scenes are definitely worth a watch. You get to see another side of Kree commander Yon-Rogg and in general see a more in depth dynamic between the Kree warriors and race. Was also nice to see Gemma Chan get a few more lines (still sore that she was so underutilised)
- “Who Do You Admire Above All Others?” – Kree Commander Yon-Rogg must answer to the Supreme Intelligence, who questions his leadership ability.
- Starforce Recruits – Yon-Rogg lectures a roomful of students on the Kree’s mission to defend all nations from the scourge of the Skrulls.
- Heading to Torfa – Vers (Danvers) and her fellow Starforce members banter as they prepare for their rescue mission to Torfa.
- “What, No Smile?” – In this alternate version of a scene from the movie, Vers is consulting a map when she receives a dubious offer of assistance.
- Black Box – Keller attempts to track Vers and Fury after their escape in a quadjet from the Joint USAFA Facility.
- Rookie Mistake – Novice S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson helps Director Keller out of an embarrassing situation.
Gag Reel – Prepare yourself for a lot of dancing, singing and fairly average outtakes. A couple of great Ben Mendelsohn moments and a clip highlighting one of the problems you face while wearing prosthetics… but overall, nothing too hilarious.
At the end of the day you are going to purchase this for the purpose of owning the movie. It does help, however, that there are some awesome special features to check out and give you a way more in depth look at a pretty epic film. If you’ve already purchased it and watched it with the audio commentary – would love to hear what you thought!