Connor Watson, Staff Writer

“Captain Marvel” was released March 8. The film focuses on Captain Marvel and her journey to rediscover her past, while learning to harness her true powers. Starring Brie Larson as the titular character, it is Marvel Studios’ first female-led superhero film and given the huge box office response, it may not be their last.

So, let’s break down the numbers: the budget: $152-175 million; opening weekend: $153 million; domestic: $375 million; foreign: $664 million; box office to date: $1.04 billion.

“Captain Marvel” dominated the theaters in its opening weekend. It became the highest-grossing film of 2019 and highest-grossing female-led superhero movie when it crossed the $1 billion mark. The film also dominated rival superhero movies “Wonder Woman” and “Aquaman.”

The film gained favorable reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 78 percent and Metacritic gave it a 64 out of 100. Audiences polled by Cinema Score gave the film an average grade of “A” on an A+ to F scale.

In a review from the Los Angeles Times titled “Review: ‘Captain Marvel’ and Brie Larson boost the MCU to new heights,” critic Kenneth Turan wrote, “Marvel has come to recognize, as the film proves that even effects-heavy behemoths can benefit from a directing touch that is human, not programmatic, that understands character and nuance and can create scenes with an emotional heft we might not expect.” This style is evident throughout the film—given it is heavy with special effects, it does not take away from the human element that is central to the theme.

As a Marvel film, it stood out from the recent string of movies that have poured out of Marvel Studios. Its storytelling was unique in that it started from the middle while occasionally going back to the beginning and finally both points of view converged at the climax. As each flashback came on screen, the further back in time the audience went, leaving the audience in suspense of what her true origin could be.

In the film, we see younger versions of Nick Fury played by Samuel L. Jackson and Agent Coleman played by Clark Gregg. The production team digitally de-aged Jackson’s face to make him look 25 years younger because of the 1990s setting. This was the first time that this process was used for the entirety of a Marvel film.

The film was jam-packed with action and humor. It strayed away from some of the cheesier dialogue of other Marvel movies, such as “Thor: Ragnarök,” and it was very much its own film, perhaps rivaling the first “Iron Man” for originality and gusto.

For the first female-led Marvel film, it was a hit and perhaps long overdue. Brie Larson trained for nine months in the lead up to filming, going as far as actual air force training to prepare herself for her role. This dedication paid off as Larson brought a sense of duty and honor to her role as Captain Marvel. Larson also had to balance Captain Marvel’s Kree-half and human-half throughout the movie, the two sides often conflicting with each other.

With the recent releases of “Wonder Woman” and “Captain Marvel,” audiences are finally getting a taste of powerful, female-led superhero films. One thing that can be taken away from “Captain Marvel” is that she is dynamic, funny and relatable. Her powers don’t allow her to “hang with the boys,” but in my mind she eclipses the other Avengers, and Brie Larson has earned her stripes as an Avenger.