The once-dominant Marvel Studios has been facing criticism in recent years for its overabundance of spin-offs and lack of fresh ideas. Their latest project, "The Marvels," does little to dispel these concerns.
The film is a sequel to 2019's "Captain Marvel," but it feels more like a haphazard collection of characters and plot points rather than a cohesive story. Brie Larson returns as Captain Marvel, but her performance feels uninspired, and her character lacks the charisma she once had.
The other Marvels, Monica Rambeau and Kamala Khan, are more engaging, but their stories feel rushed and underdeveloped. The film's villain, Dar-Benn, is a two-dimensional cartoon villain who lacks any depth or motivation.
Director Nia DaCosta is a talented filmmaker, but she is hampered by a weak script and a lack of focus. The film's action sequences are visually impressive, but they are also chaotic and over-the-top.
"The Marvels" is a disappointing step back for Marvel Studios. It is a film that feels like it is trying too hard to please everyone, and in the process, it fails to deliver a truly memorable experience.