Ignore the blind praise and criticism aimed at the latest MCU movie, and you’ll end up with a fun superhero movie that does its job.
Now before you go all Super Saiyan on me for ‘hating’ it, hear me out. I enjoyed the movie but definitely won’t be rushing to purchase it once it hits digital. If you want to know what Kakuchopurei.com thinks of it, head on here for our official review of Captain Marvel.
When we walked out of the press screening of Captain Marvel the other day, we were riddled with more questions than answers as it served more plot holes than actually solving them. Instead of connecting the dots, Captain Marvel, which was supposed to be the movie that gives more insight to the MCU left an even bigger hole which adds more confusion into an already convoluted timeline. Which ones you ask?
Allow us to warn you beforehand that this article is riddled with spoilers to the recently released movie starring ̶E̶n̶v̶y̶ ̶A̶d̶a̶m̶s̶ Brie Larsson. YUUUUUUUUUUUGE spoilers I tell you. Tons of them.
You have been warned. Let’s take flight!
S.H.I.E.L.D vs SHIELD!
This was the first continuity error we spotted when watching Captain Marvel as Nick Fury spewed ‘SHIELD’ like it was the hottest tune in town, a widely known branch of the government akin to the FBI or CIA. It was supposed to be covert. It was supposed to be super classified.
What happened to “compartmentalizing”?
Based on this, it appeared like humanity is fully aware of this and all’s dandy. Makes you wonder what they were doing prior to Danvers’ arrival, though. Searching for the Tesseract?
Anyways, rewinding (or perhaps forwarding) to Iron Man where Agent Phil Coulson introduced that division for the first time in the MCU as the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, seeing how Pepper, or even Tony not being aware of this covert branch – which his father had a major hand in forming – was a *cough* stark contrast to Fury brandishing his badge on the streets of LA.
So what was S.H.I.E.L.D. doing before 1995 and why has everyone suddenly forgotten about them between then and Iron Man which is set roughly fifteen years later, around 2010?
Nick Fury’s Eye & Bogota
So now we’ve finally found out how Nick Fury lost his eye, how he fabricated a story to Coulson to make it sound more badass as well as where he got them scars. However, despite it all, it still doesn’t jive with the tone of which he used when explaining to Steve Rogers here in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
It sounded like he was spiteful of it. Angered even. I thought you liked Goose, Nick?!
Speaking of The Winter Soldier, surely you’d remember Alexander Pierce recalling his history with Nick Fury and specifically, Bogota. There, Pierce mentioned how Nick Fury, who was Deputy Chief for the S.H.I.E.L.D. station in Bogota, took extreme measures to counter rebels who have taken hostages and did not intend to negotiate.
The success of the operation led to Nick Fury being promoted to Director of S.H.I.E.L.D, framed for eternity as shown in this scene where Pierce was talking to Rogers. Look. At. Those. Eyes.
Both open, and no sign of scarring.
Or is that a Skrull, or a Life Model Decoy?
Captain Marvel Learning How to Fly
One of the most sacred superpowers in all of comicdom is flight. Superman’s invincibility would have seen pretty lame if he didn’t have the power to streak past the horizon at his will. Thor, while technically unable to fly, utilizes Mjolnir’s momentum or if you want to use the most updated version in the MCU, Stormbreaker and his God of Thunder abilities to remain airborne – all which adds to his mystique.
Easily put, flying is an ability which should never be taken lightly.
It has to be iconic. It has to be memorable. It has to be special. Just look at these two scenes depicting Superman and Iron Man flying for the first time on screen. Liked the movie or not, you got to agree that seeing Clark finally learning how to fly is spine tingling. His reaction to it makes the Kryptonian appear more human than Carol Danvers.
Even the always stoic looking Keanu Reeves managed to imbue more emotion to Neo’s first flight
For Captain Marvel? It just sort of happened.
In one scene, we saw was Carol falling out of the sky, and BAM! She goes Binary and suddenly acquired the power of flight? There was no back story nor build up to it, apart from her being a (test) fighter pilot in the past. Surely the filmmakers could have eked several minutes or so to explain what she’s going through and how that power of flight came to be. They didn’t and it left a huge gaping hole that put a dampener onto the final third of the movie.
The movie was filled with wasted and inconsequential scenes which could have been used to explain her powers better.
That’s all we have in terms of plot holes and continuity issues we spotted in Captain Marvel. Did we miss anything? Do share in the comments section below!