Will 'Captain Marvel' be for Marvel Cinematic Universe what 'Wonder Woman' was for DC?
Both women superheroes fight for the same cause — to end the war but in different universes and technically speaking the two of them are also equipped differently
'Captain Marvel', the first female superhero standalone movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is set to premiere worldwide on March 8. Captain Marvel aka Carol Danvers will be portrayed by Brie Larson and the film is expected to be the launchpad for the next phase of MCU movies after 'Avengers: Endgame'. In the movie, Carol Danvers, who received her training from the Kree military force and is a member of Starforce, returns to Earth with questions about her past and her identity, all the while getting flashes of herself as a US Air Force pilot. Carol's DNA is infused with that of a Kree during an accident and that is what gives her the superpowers she wields in the movie.
Wonder Woman, on the other hand, is a demigod. She is the daughter of Queen Hippolyta and is raised on an island that does not communicate with the human world. There are also no men in Themyscira, which would mean that there is no misogyny in society. She is also trained harder than any other Amazon according to her mother's wishes by General Antiope (Hippolyta's sister). Princess Diana aka Diana Prince leaves the island for the same reason that Captian Marvel comes to Earth from the world of the Kree.
Both women superheroes fight for the same cause — to end the war but in different universes and technically speaking the two of them are also equipped differently.
Wonder Woman was trained by the Amazons of Themyscira, while Captain Marvel received her training from the Kree. The comparison here is not between their physical attributes in their respective universe, but what each of them means. For instance, 'Wonder Woman' received critical acclaim, made money at the box office and inspired many as a film with a female lead who was not a white American. The fact that the film was directed by a woman — Patty Jenkins — only made audiences more appreciative of the film. DC, which had suffered in terms of critical acclaim after back-to-back failures — 'Suicide Squad' and 'Batman vs Superman' — finally struck the right note with 'Wonder Woman'. The fact that Gadot was pregnant while shooting for the film was written about extensively after the film's success.
Meanwhile, 'Captain Marvel' is the first female superhero standalone movie in MCU. It is co-directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. The film has a lot of hype surrounding it since Captain Marvel will play a significant role in the 'Avengers' franchise. The upcoming film is expected to give fans a clue to how big a role Captain Marvel will play in the last of the 'Avengers' films. The fact that she will lead the next phase of films, has put an added pressure on the movie to satisfy fans who are loyal to 'Team Avengers'. Moreover, Marvel hasn't had a 'bad' film or a film that has been critically panned in recent times. 'Captain Marvel' will now have the onus of having to maintain the record.
'Wonder Woman', in comparison, released to much lesser hype surrounding the film. It also broke new grounds when it came to be the first female superhero film. Women who watched the film liked it and in many cases even felt empowered by the film. Now, 'Captain Marvel' will also have to shoulder the expectations that fans would have of another female superhero-led movie. Someone has done this before and executed it brilliantly. So Brie Larson's team needs to outdo in comparison or at least match up.
Above and beyond the fact that 'Wonder Woman' included actors from diverse backgrounds, was led by a female director and had Gal Gadot in the lead role, the screenplay and the visuals of the film clicked. It was precise, effective and moving when necessary. There was a symphony in the film that viewers could feel. This is something 'Captain Marvel' will find difficult to dub.
To answer the question, Will 'Captain Marvel' be for Marvel Cinematic Universe what 'Wonder Woman' was for DC?, we will have to wait and see what Captain Marvel evokes in fans. The film also stars Jude Law and Samuel L Jackson in important roles.
The next installment of 'Wonder Woman' titled 'Wonder Woman 1984' is slated to release on June 5, 2020. The film will star Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig and Robin Wright in important roles.