Captain Marvel – The Beginning and The End (Home Release Review)

Marvel went back to the beginning.

The last film made before Avengers: Endgame was a film that circled back to the origins of the Avengers in the first place – Captain Marvel.  An origin story for Marvel’s mightest hero and first Avenger turned out to be an origin story for Nick Fury also, who we encounter not only as his younger self, but with two functioning eyes.  We meet Agent Coulson for the “first” time as a rookie Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., find out why Nick Fury called this group the Avengers to begin with, and jumped right into what may very well be the foundation for the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Captain Marvel unleashing her power

To have this amazing movie in your collection of films would be enough of an incentive, but like those commercials of old, “Wait! There’s more.”  And there is.  The home release of Captain Marvel contains the usual deleted scenes, gag reel, and audio commentary.  The deleted scenes in particular are fun to watch and although it’s easy to understand why they weren’t included in the film, they still provide insight into the story from a different perspective.  I always appreciate when the directors tell why they cut it, but alas that isn’t part of the bonus feature.

There are some pretty standard featurettes detailing Captain Marvel’s place in the MCU, but two stand out – “The Origin of Nick Fury” and “Journey Into Visual Effects with Victoria Alonso.”  “The Origin of Nick Fury” shows Fury’s role in shaping the MCU and why he is such a pivotal character.  It traces his development from Iron Man to Captain Marvel.  It’s fun to see how well-developed the MCU has been and how pivotal a character Nick Fury has been to it all.  My favorite featurette was “Journey Into Visual Effects” which is a bonus feature only on digital.  To see the intricate work that happens on all of these films makes you appreciate the integration of visual effects with acting and how ultimately a movie that forgets it’s about the story can get so easily lost in the flash and glitz of effects.  But to Marvel’s credit and specifically to Victoria Alonso, that perspective is kept in tact which makes for effects that enhance the story instead of story that showcases visual effects.

In addition to the featurettes, gag reel, and deleted scenes are some stellar images of conceptual art that went into making Captain Marvel.  It’s intriguing to me all the work that goes into a film before shooting even begins.  The artwork is detailed, imaginative, and brilliant to look at and obviously helps the directors capture both the look and feel of the film they want to evoke before it even happens. As if the film weren’t enough to hook you into adding this to your collection, the home release will offer fans even more of what they love.  There is no DVD release, but all contain a digital version.  Best Book offers a special steelbook case and Target has an exclusive 40-page filmmaker’s book inside.  Get your Captain Marvel fix today!

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