On the planet Hala, the Supreme Intelligence has collapsed and the Kree are fighting a civil war. The new leader of the Kree, Dar-Benn (Zawe Ashton) is able to get her hands on half of the Quantum Bands. The other half is in the possession of Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), also called Ms. Marvel. Dar-Benn possesses the power of the Band, pairs it with her staff and calls it the Universal Weapon. She uses it to tear open a jump point in space. This anomaly is discovered by S.W.O.R.D.
Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), who is working with the Skrulls at the S.A.B.E.R. space station, is hosting peace talks between the Kree and the Skrulls. He calls in Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), also known as Captain Marvel, and Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), an astronaut who can manipulate all wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum. She is the daughter of Maria Rambeau and admired her aunt Captain Marvel as a child. They are tasked with investigating Kamala Khan’s jump point. When Rambeau touches it, she and Danvers and Kamala switch places through teleportation. They fight each other’s Kree enemies and the Khan family’s house is destroyed.
All three women return to their places. Fury and Rambeau visit Kamala on Earth. When Kamala demonstrates her power, they find that the women can still switch places. They all appear connected by Quantum Entanglement and every use of their powers causes this to happen. They join up at a Skrull refugee colony on the planet Tamax, where the resettlement talks are not going well. Dar-Benn rips open another jump point, which sucks the atmosphere of Tamax into Hala. Trying to evacuate the colony doesn’t work well and the three form a team called the Marvels. Dar-Benn’s constant rupturing by the jump points is making the network unstable and endangering the universe.
Dar-Benn reaches the planet Aladna, where she tears open a jump point to siphon its water into Hala. She now has eyes for Earth’s sun. In fact, she is out to destroy every place Captain Marvel calls Home. The Marvels battle and defeat Dar-Benn, but she steals Kamala’s band and tears open another hole in space. Dar-Benn is destroyed by this and leaves an opening into the Multiverse. Kamala reclaims the bands and she and Danvers use their powers to energize Rambeau, allowing her to close the hole from the other side, but that leaves Rambeau stranded there. Danvers flies into Hala’s sun and restores it with her powers.
Kamala is inspired by the Marvel team-up and she starts another group with Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld). In a mid-credits scene, Rambeau wakes up in another universe. Hank McCoy or the Beast (Kelsey Grammer) appears, and so does Rambeau’s mother, still alive and wearing a superhero uniform. . Goose the alien cat, called a Flerken, is played by Nero and Tango this time, instead of Reggie, Archie, Rizzo, and Gonzo.
The film was produced by Marvel and Disney, directed by Nia DaCosta from a screenplay by her, Megan McDonnell, and Elissa Karasik. It opened to praise for its direction and the chemistry and performances by the three leads, plus the abundance of humour, but criticized for the screenplay and story inconsistencies. The early box office was not good, but it did have an 85% positive audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Captain Marvel has a long history in Marvel Comics and several women wore that name. This is a collection of three of the female superheroes to do so. We’ll see if the film will be punished by having so many female leads, a female arch-villain, and so many female creators. The music was by Laura Kaplan. It seems to be kind of a female ghetto.
The film is only an hour and 54 minutes long, pretty short for these days. The script was written by Megan McDonnell, who was story editor for WandaVision. It was filmed simultaneously with Thor: Love and Thunder and with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. It is the first Marvel film to be directed by a black woman and the first with a Muslim superhero. It is quite funny at times, actually, there is a lot of kick-ass babe action, and Goose is the weirdest cat you ever saw. Goose is responsible for the best laugh out loud moment. At first, the characters’ jumping back and forth is distracting, but once you accept that, you find it creates faster and fuller action.