The Marvels (2023) Movie Review & Film Summary


Behold the cosmic ballet that is The Marvels, where a dying sun sets the stage for the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

The once-gleaming reputation of this superhero franchise has faced its share of challenges, with recent releases struggling to replicate past box office triumphs. The goal? To reignite the supernova of Marvel’s cultural dominance.

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A Trio of Marvels: Entangled Destinies

In this intricate dance of continuity, The Marvels brings together three formidable female leads: Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani), and Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris). Each emerges from a different corner of the MCU tapestry, forming a trio destined for an entangled cosmic journey.

The Marvels Unveiled: Highs and Lows

As the cosmic tapestry unfolds, The Marvels presents a mixed bag of storytelling. Attempting to juggle diverse characters and plotlines, the film stumbles in places but manages to illuminate potential pathways for the franchise’s future.

Carol, Kamala, and Monica: A Triangle of Power

While Carol Danvers and Monica Rambeau may seem overshadowed, it’s Kamala Khan who emerges as the shining star and the beacon of hope for the MCU. Vellani’s portrayal of Ms. Marvel injects a burst of joy and freshness, reminiscent of the creative energy seen in recent superhero adaptations.

A Quantum Dance of Light and Chaos

The Marvels introduces a captivating dynamic—quantum entanglement. As the three heroines switch places with each other during intense battles, a slapstick energy ensues, offering both entertainment and a challenge to track their ever-changing locations. Kamala’s family adds to the chaos, delivering comedic punches and showcasing resilience in the face of interstellar turmoil.

Villain Woes and Cosmic Limbo

With three heroes in the spotlight, the film struggles to fully develop its villain, Dar-Benn, a Kree leader portrayed by Zawe Ashton. The character feels like a throwback to an era when Marvel villains were mere dark reflections of the heroes, marking a potential regression for the franchise.

Kamala Khan’s Radiant Promise

Despite its flaws, The Marvels finds redemption in the exuberance of Kamala Khan. The Disney+ series character blossoms on the big screen, bridging the gap between movie magic and TV show potential. While the film’s final scenes offer classic MCU teases, it is the promise of more Ms. Marvel adventures that truly excites. In the cosmic symphony of The Marvels, it is Kamala who holds the power to rekindle the dormant sun of the MCU.

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