Here Comes Captain Marvel

Marvel/Geeky Gadgets

What makes this superhero so powerful that the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes need her help to defeat Thanos? A distress call to Captain Marvel was made by Nick Fury before he and Maria Hill disappeared at the Avengers: Infinity War. The pager had displayed her insignia at the end-credits scene.

This film tackles the origin story of Captain Marvel which is set in the 1990’s. She is called Vers and is led to believe that her heritage is that of a Kree warrior. It won’t be long until she discovers her Terran roots and is originally from Planet C-53 or Earth, a human.  She has memory loss but snippets of her past life keep recurring in a dream.  

The Krees are in a raging war with the Skrulls who are shape-shifting creatures. I recall that the first movie teaser of Captain Marvel punching an elderly woman has sparked a controversy. The old lady in reality is a Skrull taking a human form.

Vers escapes from the Skrulls, lands on Earth by crashing into a Blockbuster store.  After this, she encounters Nick Fury and Phil Coulson.  No eyepatch is visible on Fury yet. She has learned eventually that her name was Col. Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot who had been declared dead. Carol as a female fighter pilot and the 90’s vibe evokes nostalgia of Tom Cruise’s Top Gun. 

Danvers had worked on a project for S.H.I.E.L.D. with Kree scientist Mar-Vell known as Dr. Wendy Lawson on Earth. The scientist was to create an engine from the Tesseract that could help end the war between the Skrulls and the Kree.  They were attacked by the Kree Starforce and Lawson was shot by its commander, Yon-Rogg. Carol immediately destroyed the engine before Yon-Rogg and company can get their hands on it. The outcome is her taking in the power from the Space Stone turning her half Kree and half human. 

One of the interesting things in this MCU offering is Captain Marvel’s feline companion Goose. It may look like an ordinary pet but it is actually a dangerous alien creature called a Flerken. It is pure monstrosity with the way its mouth hold massive tentacles. The creature can devour and transport anything into pocket dimensions in its stomach. It’s the Flerken who has inflicted the eye injury on Nick.

Better have your tissues ready for a sad and memorable tribute to Stan Lee. His cameos are always unforgettable. He indeed will be missed by Marvel fans.

Miles Morales, Spider-Man and the Spider-Verse


Spider-Man is one iconic character. This brainchild of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko paves the way for iterations from other creative individuals to expand its storyline into alternate universes where certain people manifest the same power. 

Miles Morales lives in the world where Spider-Man already exists. The city’s superhero is Peter Parker, the successful one with a mop of blonde hair, until his demise in the hands of Wilson Fisk also known as Kingpin. Before all this, Miles is just an ordinary teenager trying to navigate his life.  He has a closer relationship with his uncle for he supports his art skills. On the other hand, Miles’ father is a police officer who thinks otherwise and reminds him of the privilege to study at an elite school.

His escapade with his Uncle Aaron under the dingy tunnel to create a mural has led him to be bitten by a radioactive spider.  The abilities that Peter possesses have been acquired by Morales. Parker would like to be his mentor and show him the rope of being a superhero. Unfortunately, he was killed. The responsibility to assume the role as the new Spider-Man has left young Morales overwhelmed. 

The Kingpin’s laboratory house the Super Collider, the machine which Fisk insanely want to use so that he could bring back his family from another dimension and reunite with them.  The use of the collider has opened the multi-verse and has brought a few Spider-People. The film will introduce Peter B. Parker, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Ham and Peni Parker with her robot SP//DR.  

The cameo appearances by Stan Lee are awesome and hilarious especially during the part where he walked over Peter and Miles on the ground after they have fallen off the train. It’s cool to see all our web slingers experience their spider sense tingling upon the arrival of someone like them.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a nominee for the animated feature film category in this year’s Oscar. It is the frontrunner among the top contenders which are The Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Mirai and Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet. This is the second nomination for Sony Pictures which was nominated before for Surf’s Up.

It is hailed as a groundbreaking film because of a new take in the field of animation wherein the look from the comic book has been given life on the screen. The extraordinary visual and fast-paced sequences have captured the undivided attention of the audience until the end. I know because it has done the same thing for me. My focus is glued on the movie as I watch their adventure and what awaits me until the credits come in the picture. I am impressed. It is no wonder that it got the nod from the members of the Academy for Best Animated Feature Film.