Captain Marvel (PG-13)
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This 2019 movie is set in 1995. It involves an alien race called the Kree more than I think we've ever seen them in the MCU, with the possible exception of Agents of SHIELD season five. It's also the first time we've seen Kree who don't have blue skin. It seems there are also people among their race who are what we could call on Earth "White" and "Black". This was necessary to get us to believe that the main character, called Vers (pronounced "Veers"; played by Brie Larson) is Kree, because she's white. This isn't really important to the plot, but I do find it interesting, just because I previously thought all Kree were blue. Anyway, Vers and some other Kree are on a mission to find someone important to them before their enemies, the shape-shifting Skrulls, do. But Vers ends up being captured by the Skrulls, who use a machine to search her memories, and find things she herself didn't remember; because she doesn't remember anything that happened prior to six years ago. She manages to escape from them (because she is a major badass who is also able to shoot energy from her hands), but after getting away from their ship, she crash lands on Earth.
There she soon meets SHIELD agents Fury and Coulson, younger than we've ever seen them before, and at a time before Fury was the director. They want to arrest her, but she escapes them, as well. But it's not long before Vers is reunited with Fury, and the two of them begin working together, to find a scientist named Dr. Wendy Lawson (Annette Bening), who had supposedly invented a lightspeed engine. The Skrulls also want to find Lawson, but it turns out she had died six years ago while testing the engine, along with a pilot named Carol Danvers. And of course, it turns out that "Vers" is actually Carol. But it will be awhile before we see exactly what happened six years ago, how she got her powers, and how she came to believe she was a Kree. Partly it involves another white Kree, Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), who has mentored her for the past six years, and who, unbeknownst to her, had transfused his own blue blood into her veins. Anyway, Carol and Fury connect with Carol's best friend from her old life, Maria Rambeau, and Maria's daughter, Monica. They are all eventually found by Skrull commander Talos. But after that point, I don't want to say any more about the movie, because it would involve a major spoiler (albeit one that didn't really surprise me).
So, I don't know what else to say except that it's a really fun movie, with great 90s music, cool fight scenes, and plenty of drama as well as humor. Oh, and a cat named Goose, who is pretty important in a way I also won't spoil. And... it's Fury's experience with Carol that inspires him to create the Avengers Initiative. Also, of course, there are extra scenes mid-credits (involving the post-credits scene from "Avengers: Infinity War") and post-credits (involving Goose).