Song of the Day #3,925: ‘Come As You Are’ – Nirvana

Love the Marvel Cinematic Universe or hate it (and I love it), you have to give credit to producer Kevin Feige for pulling off such an extraordinary feat of extended storytelling.

Twenty-one movies over ten years, with the granddaddy of them all — Avengers: Endgame — due in just a few weeks. A huge slate of perfectly cast stars popping up in multiple films in either lead or supporting roles. A talented slate of writers and directors who have brought their own sensibilities to individual films while maintaining the threads that tie them all together.

It is a unique cinematic achievement.

The first 22 MCU films make up The Infinity Saga (forgive me for getting a bit nerdy here). Phase One introduced most of the main players and teamed them up as The Avengers; Phase Two broadened the universe, introducing the Guardians of the Galaxy and the concept of the Infinity Stones; and Phase Three drove rifts between the heroes before super-villain Thanos united everybody by killing half of the universe’s population.

While I have favorites within all three phases, I find the third phase the most enjoyable overall. In addition to Infinity War, Phase Three features the best Captain America movie (Civil War), a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel every bit as good as the original, the best take on Spider-Man yet, a trippy origin film for Doctor Strange, a fun Ant-Man follow-up, and my two favorite Marvel films: Black Panther and Thor: Ragnarok.

Those last two allow gifted auteurs Ryan Coogler and Taika Waititi to put their own stamp on standalone films, much like James Gunn has with the Guardians of the Galaxy chapters. These movies can be plucked out of the Marvel lineup and stand alone as great achievements, evidenced by Black Panther‘s nomination for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars.

All this background to say that, when I saw the trailers for Phase Three’s latest installment, Captain Marvel, I was a little bit nervous. The film as advertised felt a little bit flat. A little too space-agey, not very fun. When early reviews trickled in, I saw few raves and a lot of “meh.”

Had Marvel’s nine-film winning streak, kicking off after 2015’s disappointing Age of Ultron, come to an end?

Fortunately, I needn’t have worried. Captain Marvel is one of the best Marvel films to date. Certainly in the upper third.

It is exciting, clever, inspiring and funny as hell. Samuel L. Jackson has his meatiest Marvel role yet, which of course is a great thing. Brie Larson brings just the right mix of badassery and vulnerability to the title role. The 90s setting provides a lot of nostalgic laughs and excellent soundtrack fodder.

Writer-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are better known for small-budget indie fare, and they bring some of that sensibility to this decidedly large-budget film, especially in moving scenes between Larson’s Carol Danvers and her best friend, Maria Rambeau (played by the wonderful Lashana Lynch).

Captain Marvel is not just the first Marvel film with a female lead (finally), it’s one of the only chapters without a romantic subplot, allowing this friendship to fill that void quite nicely.

The film leans into its feminist subtext, especially through the character of Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), Danvers’ commanding officer and chief mansplainer, who encourages her to stifle her emotions and reminds her that her powers come courtesy of him. I’m sure many a woman in corporate America can relate. Watching Danvers realize her true potential in the face of that authoritative onslaught is one of the film’s true pleasures.

Another pleasure is anticipating how this extremely powerful new character will factor into Endgame. You get the feeling if only they’d paged her a little bit sooner, Thanos wouldn’t have stood a chance.

[Verse 1]
Come as you are, as you were
As I want you to be
As a friend, as a friend
As a known enemy
Take your time, hurry up
Choice is yours, don’t be late
Take a rest as a friend
As an old memoria[Pre-Chorus]
Memoria
Memoria
Memoria

[Verse 2]
Come doused in mud, soaked in bleach
As I want you to be
As a trend, as a friend
As an old memoria

[Pre-Chorus]
Memoria
Memoria
Memoria

[Chorus]
And I swear that I don’t have a gun
No, I don’t have a gun
No, I don’t have a gun

[Guitar Solo]

[Pre-Chorus]
Memoria
Memoria
Memoria (No, I don’t have a gun)

[Chorus]
And I swear that I don’t have a gun
No, I don’t have a gun
No, I don’t have a gun
No, I don’t have a gun
No, I don’t have a gun

[Outro]
Memoria
Memoria

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,925: ‘Come As You Are’ – Nirvana

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Great review. I just bought our advanced tickets to End Game. Every show from Thursday to Saturday was either sold out or front row seats, so we will have to patiently wait until Sunday morning. However, we couldn’t be more excited, though I suspect the experience will be bitter sweet given the likely final demise of some of the most beloved characters in the “MCU” universe.

    • Clay says:

      I was able to get tickets for the first show on opening Thursday night by logging on at exactly 8 a.m. yesterday. And still, about a third of the theater was already sold out in a matter of seconds. The anticipation for this thing is crazy.

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