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Captain Marvel is a 2019 superhero film, and the twenty-first film entry of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (It's Kind of a Funny Story) and co-written by them, Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider), and Jac Schaeffer (Black Widow).

Set during The Nineties, the film stars Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) as a member of Starforce, a special-ops squad under the jurisdiction of the Kree, the militaristic alien race previously seen in Guardians of the Galaxy and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Finding herself back on Earth, she becomes entangled in a war between the Kree and the Skrull Empire, a race of shapeshifting aliens whose leader, Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), has set his sights on Earth.

Also appearing in the film are Jude Law as Yon-Rogg, Carol's mentor & the commander of Star Force, Lashana Lynch as her friend Maria Rambeau, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Algenis Perez Soto as Att-Lass, Rune Temte as Bron-Char, Annette Bening as the Supreme Intelligence, and Mckenna Grace as young Carol. Returning actors include Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson (reprising his role in the movies for the first time since The Avengers), while Lee Pace and Djimon Hounsou reprise their respective roles as Ronan the Accuser and Korath from Guardians of the Galaxy.

Tropes used in Captain Marvel (film) include:
  • A Day in the Limelight: The Kree have appeared before in the MCU, but this is the first film to focus on them and their society.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: How the Supreme Intelligence presents itself.
  • Abusive Parents: Though he's not seen much, Carol's flashbacks indicate that Joseph Danvers is still his usual charming self.
  • Adaptational Heroism: The Skrulls. The Kree/Skrull war is usually presented as (or evolved into) Evil Versus Evil but here the Skrulls are La Résistance and refugees who are being hunted by the imperialist Kree. Then again, the Skrulls are usually shown to be A Lighter Shade of Black, at least when the war started.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Their history varies in the comics, but the Kree Empire is usually presented as a somewhat exaggerated version of the British Empire as well as having some legitimate grievances with the Skrulls. Here, the Kree are A Nazi by Any Other Name, lacking any sympathetic traits, and hunting the innocent Skrulls for their refusal to bow to Kree rule.
  • Adaptational Wimp:
    • Zig-zagged with Minn-Erva. On the one hand, going from a doctor to a Cold Sniper is certainly impressive but her comics self eventually got Carol's powers, something that seems rather unlikely to happen here.
    • Zig-zagged again with Talos. In the comics, he couldn't shapeshift but had strength enough to match the Hulk. He can shapeshift here but lacks the Super Strength.
    • The Skrulls as a political entity. Traditionally they're a match for the Kree, having conquered a comparable amount of planets and territory despite Skrullos' destruction, but here are refugees that the Kree are hunting. If the Kree are A Nazi by Any Other Name, then the Skrulls are Europe's Jewish population.
  • Adaptation Name Change:
    • Chewie is called Goose in this movie. 
    • In the comics, Carol's callsign is "Cheeseburger." Here, it's "Avenger"
  • Adaptive Armor: As per tradition, there's no situation that Kree armor can't cope with. 
  • Advertised Extra: Despite being heavily marketed, Ronan, Korath, and Coulson barely have any impact on the plot. 
  • The Ageless: Carol does not appear to have aged a day since the Light-Speed Engine was destroyed. 
  • Alien Invasion: How the Kree operate. Ronan's fleet invades Earth in the climax. 
  • And Starring: With Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: The Kree. If Carol is any indication, then they're raised to think of themselves as "noble warrior heroes" whose intervention the galaxy welcomes in times of crisis (essentially how the Asgardians are viewed) when they're in fact The Empire.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: The Skrull body is at least partially composed of elements that aren't on the periodic table.
  • Black and Gray Morality: Per Talos' own admission, the Skrulls are Anti-Heroes, having done some unscrupulous acts in the name of survival. The Kree however are Absolute Xenophobes and will kill literally anyone in their path.
  • Cassandra Truth: Vers telling Fury about the Skrulls.
  • Cosmetically Advanced Prequel: Kree technology looks a lot more advanced than it did in Guardians and AoS. It's been seen when one compares Ronan's ship in this film to the Dark Aster.
  • Curb Stomp Battle: Carol vs the Starforce at the end.
  • Don't Make Me Destroy You: Att-Lass says this to Carol when he pins her down. As it turns out, his position was not nearly as advantageous as it normally is for this trope.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Though the Supreme Intelligence is the Big Bad, as a formless AI, it can't really fight Carol. Yon-Rogg is the most prominent physical threat.
  • Easily Forgiven: Talos doesn't hold Carol serving the Kree against her. Not only did he see her having a breakdown when she realized that the Kree were the bad guys, but war brings out the worst in people and he himself says that he's no saint himself, having done some awful things in his life.
  • Easy Amnesia: Getting caught in the explosion of the Light-Speed Engine wiped Carol's memory of who she was, but all her learned responses are still there. 
  • The Empire: The Kree Empire. 
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Yon-Rogg feels Ronan is a bit overzealous in his orbital bombardments. 
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: A Fridge Brilliance example. S.H.I.E.LD. was infiltrated by HYDRA during this time period. Which means all the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents (other than Nick Fury and Phil Coulson) that fought against the Kree were HYDRA agents. After all, the Kree are threatening the Earth, and without the Earth, who would HYDRA larceny against?  
  • Exact Words: Fury lost his eye to someone he trusted alright. 
  • Failed a Spot Check: Norex, the Skrull "science guy", failed to notice that the coordinates to Mar-Vell's lab aren't coordinates at all. They're orbital vectors. Lampshaded by Talos. 
  • Find Something That is Not Black and Paint It Black: As mentioned above, the Kree-Skrull war in the comics was a morally grey conflict with no "right side". The movie changes it to a "Kree bad, Skrull good" narrative. 
  • Foreshadowing: There are quite a few hints that the film's MacGuffin is the Tesseract, specifically how fast the Light-Speed Engine is and the inclusion of Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. 
  • Gender Flip/Age Lift: Mar-Vell is a young male in the comics, and an old woman in this movie. 
  • Good Costume Switch: Carol alters her combat suit from its Starforce colours to the traditional red, blue, and gold when she understands that the Kree are the bad guys. 
  • Half-Identifying Hybrid: Carol as per tradition. In an inversion, she first identifies as Kree (owing to an infusion of Kree blood and her amnesia) but traditionally identifies as human by the end. 
  • Homeworld Evacuation: When the Skrulls refused to bow to Kree rule, the Empire began bombing Skrullos, sending the natives packing. 
  • Human Aliens: While most Kree have blue skin, a subset have skin tones identical to humans allowing Carol to believe she's Kree. 
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Carol is very insistent to Fury that he refers to Lawson as "Mar-Vell" not "Marvel." 
  • Just Think of the Potential: Mar-Vell was inspired to use the Tesseract to create a propulsion system that could aid the refugees under her protection. The other Kree... have less noble ideas about how to use its power.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Utterly defeated, Yon-Rogg tries to goad Carol into fighting him without her, now fully unlocked, powers. Unimpressed by his begging, Carol just blasts him.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: When she arrives on Earth in 2018, Carol asks "Where's Fury?" Either she didn't notice Thanos's Badass Finger-Snap (making this the biggest case of Failed a Spot Check ever) or she simply didn't know that Fury was among the victims.
  • MacGuffin: The Tesseract.
  • Meaningful Name: Or nickname in this case. Carol's call, "Avenger", serves to inspire Nick Fury's proposed initiative.
  • Narcissist: Per Word of God, the Supreme Intelligence presents itself to Yon-Rogg... as himself.
  • Noodle Incident: Minn-Erva coming to Earth before. It's possible this is when she and Yon-Rogg first picked up Carol.
  • Prequel: Like Captain America: The First Avenger, this movie takes place before the events of Iron Man, the first movie set in the MCU.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: The Kree. When Carol downs Yon-Rogg, she sends him back to Hala so he can suffer the ignominy of judgment.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • The Tesseract was on Earth in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s possession for roughly 70 years. Someone tried to harness such awesome power between The First Avenger and The Avengers. When the Kree got wind it existed and was on Earth, they immediately sent Yon-Rogg's forces to collect it. When he was taking too long, they then sent The Ace (Ronan) to make sure the job got done.
    • Carol shows off her photon blasts to Fury as proof that she's not a Skrull. As Fury irritably points out, he's never seen a Skrull and has no idea whether or not they might be able to do that.
    • When the ubër-paranoid WSC and S.H.I.E.L.D. gets confirmation that hostile aliens exist, they shift focus to the development of advanced weapons.
    • Since Fury kept all details of this film classified, the Avengers don't know who's on the other end of the pager or if they even survived Thanos's snap. And though Banner is a genius, he doesn't quite understand how Kree technology works.
  • Restraining Bolt: That chip on Carol's neck. It can also be used to punish her. 
  • Retcon: The Avengers suggested that S.H.I.E.L.D. had only recently started developing Tesseract weapons due to Thor's arrival. This film shows they've been toying with the idea since the '90s. 
  • Superman Stays Out of Gotham: Avengers: Endgame establishes that Carol is not around in the modern day because she went off to hide the Skrulls and fight the Kree on other planets. What it doesn't explain is why Nick Fury never called her to help with the world ending threats of earlier films such as Loki, Malekith, or Ultron. Malekith's Evil Plan was even a threat to the whole universe! Likewise, it doesn't explain why we never saw her in Thor: Ragnarok or in either Guardians of the Galaxy movie, especially since Ego's plan ALSO was a threat to the entire universe (and unlike Malekith, he came dangerously close to suceeding). Not to mention the Big Bad of the first Guardians movie being one of her own Big Bads. 
  • This Was His True Form: A Skrull's body resets when they die.  
  • Trust Password: How the Kree identify each other in a war against shapeshifters.  
  • Touched by Vorlons: Carol's powers come from her being bathed in Space Stone energy.  
  • Ugly Hero, Good-Looking Villain: The Skulls and the Kree.  
  • You Are Number Six: On the Kree starcharts, Earth is known as C-53. This becomes a Chekov's Gun in Spider-Man: Far From Home, with Mysterio not using this designation being one of the major clues that he's not actually an interdimensional warrior.   
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Talos mentions that the Kree blew up Skrullos.  
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