When we saw Captain Marvel for the first time it instantly became one of our favorite movies. Not only was it packed with action and emotion, it was also a metaphor for the lives of women in our society. The movie made the discrimination that Carol faced in her youth and when she was part of the Airforce obvious and realistic, but the more subtle discrimination we women face everyday is reflected in the relationship Carol has with the Kree Empire and her captain. We are so used to the narrative society feeds us (to sacrifice out our needs for the greater good, to trust male dominated authority instead of our own emotions...) that we recognize this form of oppression as soon as we see the first few scenes in which we see Carol interact with her captain and the Supreme Intelligence. Some sentences they use have been repeated so often to keep women down in our very own society.
But it doesn't end there, the movie portrays a women who learns to stop being ashamed by her own power and using it to fight for what she believes is right. And Carol is not the only strong and inspirational female character in the movie. Her best friend Marie is a monoparental mother who made her place in the male dominated world that is the army and who raised an incredibly open-minded and courageous daughter.
And just when you think the movie couldn't get any better it aborder the theme of refugees. The Skrulls were demonized by the Kree pretty much in the same way we often attribute "the other" with dangerous and scary characteristics and intentions we then use to justify how poorly we treat them. However, as the storyline progresses we learn that the Skrulls are not murderous terrorists as Carol was thought to believe, but people destroyed by war who were simply looking for a home. This shows how misleading and far from the truth official knowledge may be since the people in power will always manipulate information to support their interest.
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