‘Captain Marvel’ Brings On the Girl Power

It only seems right that Captain Marvel is being released on 2019’s International Women's Day. Since 2008’s Iron-Man, Marvel has presented a good chain, albeit a bit short, of strong women characters starting with Pepper Potts. Black Widow became the first Marvel female superhero to grace the screens in Iron-Man 2 followed by Scarlet Witch, Gamora, Mantis, The Wasp, Okoye and Shuri. But today, Brie Larson heads the first female-driven superhero movie for Marvel Studios.

Let’s just get this out of the way – this movie packs a “girl power” punch without putting men down in the process. While their intentions are good, too many films try to present a message of female empowerment while emasculating men in the process. Sure, the opposite has been true for many years, but this is no way to move on with injustice and certainly isn’t a message that today’s girls need to here.

Marvel Studios has toyed with an “anything you can do, I can do better” attitude between its men and…

‘Marvel’s Inhumans’ is Pretty Boring, but the Kids Might Like It

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The Inhumans are in Hawaii. (ABC)


Have we hit the over-saturation of comic book heroes yet? It’s hard to say. With the exception of Wonder Woman and maybe Suicide Squad, DC Comics has had a rough go in movie theaters while their TV shows on the CW and Gotham on FOX have done well. Marvel is just the opposite where nearly every theatrical movie in recent years has been a hit, but their various TV series have been hit or miss. I lost interest in the confusing Agents of SHIELD by the show’s second season, but it's still on the air. I loved Agent Carter as I thought it was fun, had a great sense of humor and had a lot of action, but it was cancelled after season two. So, go figure. As for Marvel's Inhumans, it’s another miss. It’s not that anything is terribly wrong with the new ABC series, and some audiences (like kids) might fall in love with it. But as for me and my house, it’s a snorefest.

Not having read any of the actual Inhumans comic books, I might get some of the origin story wrong, but this is what I gathered from watching the first and second episodes of the show that will debut on ABC, Friday, September 29. As it turns out, the Inhumans live on the moon but have been invisible to us all of this time. In their society, residents are tested with a "mutagenic Terrigen Mist" that transforms them into mutants with special powers. The society is led by the king Black Bolt (Anson Mount) and queen Medusa (Serinda Swan). I could tell you what their special powers are, but it’s more fun to watch the show and wait for the story to tell you. But as is often the case in royal families, there is one envious sibling ready to mess things up for the royal couple. Black Bolt’s brother, Maximus (Iwan Rheon) has no special ability of any kind and is the equivalent of a … human (gasp!) Being the younger brother with the better name, Maximus thinks he can do a better job as king and stages a revolt.

Soon, both king and queen, as well as a few other mutants, find themselves transported to Honolulu, Hawaii, which doesn’t sound all that bad (I mean, there are worse place to be stranded) except for the fact that they are not together and they don’t understand human life. It becomes apparent rather quickly that they need to blend in with the crowd while they try to track down each other and then head back up to the moon.

The story should have been thrilling, but it was rather dull even with the swelling of music throughout the two hours. Very little backstory is given to give any reason to care for any of these characters. I mean, sure, they are faced with traitors and all, but give me a reason to actually care. Most of these characters are dull with the exception of Black Bolt. I didn’t appreciate him until the second episode. Since the character doesn’t speak, he has to act primarily using just his facial expressions, which he does just fine. It also added some much needed humor into the overly-serious series.

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Talk about sparse. (ABC)
The look and feel for Inhumans feels off as well. The royal homes looks both futuristic and modern at the same time. The living quarters are pristine but also rather sparse. There are no knick knacks or personal touches that I could tell. At times, it feels like a throwback to the original Star Trek. The characters communicate with each other via Fitbit-looking devices and their annoying ring tones. (Imagine if everybody you know had the same T-Mobile ring tone and you get the idea.) Nobody seems to eat anything. Finally, the CGI special effects are inconsistent. The show’s best CGI effect comes from the character of Lockjaw, a giant pug-like dog who has the ability to take anybody anywhere instantly. Medusa’s hair a good second.

While I find the show dull, I can see the show’s appeal for a younger audience and I think it’s an interesting choice to air the new series on Friday nights and it will probably pair well with the Once Upon a Time reboot as well.

Marvel’s Inhumans airs this Friday at 8:00 p.m. and then goes to 9:00 p.m. the following week.


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