Perhaps I'll talk to myself about it later, too, should the mood strike me.
Having gone back and re-watched every single movie in the entire MCU over the past couple months, a few things about this did jump out at me which I think are worth noting.
- This story takes place sometime in the 1990s, and may involve events that Nick Fury cryptically referred to throughout Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
- Carol Danvers' characterization of the Kree is strikingly different from what we have actually seen of them in other movies thus far, most notably in both Guardians of the Galaxy films.
- Speaking of which, Ronan the Accuser will be in this movie, since he is a prominent Kree and his fatal
dance-offbattle with the Guardians on Xandar won't take place for another twenty years or so.
- The Skrulls are officially here now, and in fact, they have been since long before the MCU "officially" began in 2008. That could potentially throw a whole lot of things in all of the prior movies into question. For those who have never read (or read about) the comics, the Skrulls are a race of shape-shifters who have a habit of impersonating, and then replacing, prominent individuals so as to influence galactic events. This could potentially mean that some of the major characters we've come to know over the past decade may have been Skrulls all along, and no one ever knew it.
- Also going back to the comics, Carol Danvers has been an extremely important character in the Marvel Universe since the late 1960s. In addition to her obvious history with Nick Fury, she is also deeply connected to several X-Men characters, particularly Wolverine and Rogue. This is significant to the MCU due to Disney's impending acquisition of Fox studios, and the likelihood that those characters will inevitably (and finally!) be added to the MCU continuity as a result.
The movie itself was okay, but it could have been -- and, arguably, should have been -- a LOT better. And I can't deny that Brie Larson is flat out annoying. Her highly public off-the-set political tirades would be completely irrelevant to me, were it not for the fact that (if she is to be believed) she is the one who insisted that the movie keep coming back to the whole "girl power" theme over and over, and it felt unnecessary and forced every single time.
The whole movie would have worked a lot better, and, ironically, made a much more effective case for "female empowerment" if they had simply played it straight and let Carol Danvers' actions speak for themselves.
But none of that is truly problematic. What IS problematic, is what this movie does to Nick Fury.
It takes the hardest, most serious character in the entire MCU, and it turns him into a cheap comic relief parody. And it does so in a way that retroactively applies itself to ALL of his appearances, in EVERY. SINGLE. OTHER. MOVIE. Both before, and after this one.
That is a problem.