Captain Marvel ★★

Watched as part of my MCU Revisit/Marathon.

I think Captain Marvel’s technical/structural issues have been fairly well documented at this point, but upon second viewing, what really stood out to me was just how painfully dull it is. This houses perhaps the most egregious usage of drab settings and exposition dumps this side of Phase 1, and not only is the writing not engaging, but it’s flat-out bad—Boden and Fleck clearly have no interest in stepping outside Marvel’s stencil, and yet they don’t seem to understand what makes that stencil work in the first place. Larson and Jackson try to save this as best they can, but it’s just too much of a mess. Very close to being the worst entry, but I’ll give it the slight edge over Thor: The Dark World largely because this at least has 2 or 3 moments of clarity amidst the garbage, whereas the latter is just consistently below average and therefore more forgettable. 

But, on a happier note, this marathon is finally fucking finished (or at least until I walk into the theater on Saturday), and I couldn’t be more relieved. Remind me to never do this ever again.

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