Yes, I have yet to recover from the departure of two prominent Marvel characters from the franchise. I’ve cried (more like sobbed uncontrollably and taken too many social media breaks) from the ending of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Perhaps the rest of the world is done waiting for the next Marvel phase just as I am. Yet, as much as Captain America has become a symbol of inclusivity, the release of China Captain probably offends more than it appeases.
It’s a fantastic film—for our parents that is. Recognisable legendary and mythical Asian figures such as the infamous Monkey King and Zhu Bajie have long graced our parents’ television screens. We have yet to see superheroes in the Marvel franchise shoot laser beams from their forehead and in this intriguing film, Justice Bao and his crescent-moon-shaped birthmark do just that. Step aside Doctor Strange, birthmarks are the new mystical art.
To top it all off, you get the all-important Marvel comic book opening that have paid tribute to both Robert Downey Jr. and the late Chadwick Boseman. The storyline is pretty similar too. As most original Marvel franchise characters, China Captain is the story of a character who is experiencing a low point in his life and becomes an alcoholic after losing his job to “foreign superheroes”. I sense a little disdain cast upon the bigger film franchises here, but who knows, it could just be the film’s creativity.
The plot continues with China Captain miraculously discovering he has mighty powers and rises up to lead other heroes to battle a new group of ‘superfighters.’ Maybe this is the foreshadowing of the X-Men into the bigger Avengers multi-verse; something Marvel fans have yet to see. Or China Captain could simply be the Asian version of Nick Fury. One can only wonder what is behind the artistic vision of the film.
This thought-provoking new addition to the superhero world leaves me with endless questions on the characters’ development—something Marvel prides themselves on. With a rating of 7.6 on Tencent Video and holding a number one spot for internet movies on movie ticketing website, Maoyan Entertainment, this movie sounds exactly like the right filler for us Marvel fans to indulge in just before Marvel’s Phase 4 begins.
This hour-long movie seems to combine Nick Fury’s inspiration for the Avengers’ Initiative-renamed the “Hero Improvement Project”-, Captain Marvel’s “amnesia”, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s gist of veteran and foreign heroes (no spoilers here), and of course they emphasise the unity of the Avengers-I mean, superheroes- when fighting a Sino-Japanese war.
To say that China Captain is unique would be an understatement. The poor graphics, casting and storyline are bound to set itself apart from the original Marvel franchise. Besides, the world is probably ready for a China Captain. Racial inclusivity is the new now, and anyhow, who can pass up a storyline as gripping as this one?