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Blu-ray Review: Captain Marvel

June 11, 2019

By John Corrado

Released in theatres earlier this spring as a prelude to the massive blockbuster Avengers: Endgame, the prequel Captain Marvel arrives on Blu-ray this week. Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the film serves as an origin story for Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), taking her on a solo adventure in the 1990s that also features a young Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).

This is essentially two hours of filler that exists to fill in some blanks in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and I don’t think Carol is really given enough of an interesting character arc. It’s still fairly entertaining, but also one of the more minor entries into the franchise, and it’s a bit disappointing compared to much of what has come before and after. For more on the film itself, you can read my full review right here.

The Blu-ray includes a selection of bonus features, starting with a commentary track featuring Boden and Fleck, and a two minute intro that you have the option of watching before the film. Next up we get six featurettes that are viewable together or on their own. Becoming a Super Hero focuses on Larson’s starring role; Big Hero Moment goes more in-depth on her character; The Origin of Nick Fury focuses on his major role within the MCU; The Dream Team looks at the film’s co-directors Boden and Fleck; The Skrulls and the Kree explores the two warring races of aliens in the film; and Hiss-Sterical Cat-titude is done in a retro style and focuses on the film’s scene-stealing orange cat, Goose.

These are followed by the five deleted scenes “Who Do You Admire Above All Others?”; Starforce Recruits; Heading to Torfa; “What, No Smile?”; Black Box; and Rookie Mistake. It’s worth noting that one of these scenes (“What, No Smile?”) caused a bit of a stir when it was released online recently and received some backlash from fanboys, prompting debates about Carol’s choice to crush the hand of a male giving her unwanted attention before stealing his jacket and motorcycle. I will admit that the scene feels heavy-handed, (he introduces himself as “the Don” and gee, I wonder why?), but we don’t see her take his jacket and helmet in the film which felt like a bit of a loose end, so it clears that up at least.

The bonus features are rounded out by a brief gag reel set to music, which isn’t as much fun to watch as the actors seemed to have making it. I would have liked some more technical behind the scenes stuff beyond the mostly EPK-style featurettes, and a piece exploring the eery de-aging technology that was used to make actors Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg appear a few decades younger would have been welcome. As is, this is a fine but somewhat thin selection of supplemental material to back up a fine but somewhat underwhelming entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Captain Marvel is a Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment release. It’s 124 minutes and rated PG.

Street Date: June 11th, 2019

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