The Marvel Cinematic Universe love bringing not only strange new worlds, but also strange new multiverses with all kinds of out-of-canon shenanigans. You want to see the Fantastic Four represented? What about the possibility of an X-Men relaunch? Longing to see Bruce Campbell Are you overreacting as a pizza ball salesman? Cool. Just don’t get too attached. Because the MCU is in the depths of your painand it is killing off the hottest new planets in its orbit.
I complained about this before with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, aka “The MCU’s Freest Characters Go Shady.” In that sad sequel, the Guardians go to Counter-Earth, a version of Earth created by The High Evolutionary (Chukwudi Iwuji) which is home to a group of cute human-animal hybrids. Among them is an adorable family of bats who welcome this gang of intruding heroes into their home. And what do they get for their hospitality: blue drinks, essential information and the family vehicle? Annihilated without even a moment of remorse.
the wonders go on GOTGv3, and guess what? throw a very similar move: Welcome to this intriguing and unique planet. Blamma!
Behold! Aladna: the singing planet!
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One of the highlights of the wonders is without a doubt when Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) and Captain Monica Rambeau/No Code Name Thank You Very Much (Teyonah Parris) land in Aladna. A planet made up of more than 90% ocean, it is the picturesque next stop on the world-destroying tour of Kree villainess Dar-Benn (Zawe Ashton). He also It turns out to be the kingdom in which Carol Danvers is not known as Captain Marvel or Annihilator but as Princess Carol.
Yes, the Mightiest Avenger is married to a very handsome prince named Yan (K-drama star Park Seo-joon). But the most exciting thing about Aladna is that they communicate by singing (in English). So, to warn the prince of the imminent threat racing towards this candy-colored kingdom of song, splendor and swoon-worthy royalty, Carol has to break out into a duet, which is naturally accompanied by a waltz (and a costume change! ), while Kamala and Monica look on in amazement and amusement.
Here’s an exciting new corner of the MCU, where life is a song and invites everyone to sing along. There are bright colors, sparkling dresses, and people so pretty they probably sell skin care products. But just like with Counter-Earth, the wonders It takes just enough time to allow us to fall in love with this curious other world before throwing it into danger that could end the planet.
Prepared for battle, the singer squads challenge the invading Kree forces. But after losing a confrontation with the ruthless Dar-Benn, the Marvels flee to fight another day. What does that mean for the planet they left behind?
What’s wrong with Aladna?
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As their oceans were devoured by the Kree’s voracious jump points, things weren’t looking good for the universe’s favorite theater kids. However, if you listen very Up close in the final act of the film, you’ll hear one of Nick Fury’s (Samuel L. Jackson) team members say that the “planets” are in recovery and teams are being sent to facilitate it.
This suggests that it’s not just the Kree homeworld of Hala (which was saved in the final act by some heroics from Captain Marvel) that will be looked after by the SABER space cops but also by Aladna. AND maybe Tarnax?
The Kree stole all the air from the Skrull refugee planet, in addition to heavy losses from the cruel attack. But perhaps those who sought refuge from King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson in a dapper suit) can return to rebuild?
Still, a throwaway line is not a satisfying conclusion. Considering the extensive scenes that took place on these planets, it would have been nice if their destinations were revealed with some visual panache. However, there is no image of the Skrulls returning home or of Aladna’s people enjoying the return of their water.
Think about it. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 I got a full final song number with “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence and the Machine. But even though the people of Aladna literally talk the talk, they didn’t get the chance to give us a moving musical ending. Also, Brie Larson was briefly a pop star! and she went Envy Adams in Scott Pilgrim vs. the world! Give it a musical highlight moment!
Imagine it! Yan, backed by his cheerful court, might have applauded the return of his princess and her cohort of “twins.” They could have danced and sung, welcoming us to revel in the joy of dodging near-annihilation. But in that joy, there would be a pang of sadness, a grimace of loss when they remember that Monica is not there with them to celebrate. Perhaps this thread could have been developed musically, with a three-part harmony missing a crucial voice because Monica is no longer in the trio. Of course, the moment in the cabin was nice. But this might have been the kind of space farewell this movie deserved.
the wonders It has its flaws. But the biggest thing is the missed opportunity of not returning to Aladna for a repeat that would have us leaving the theater with a song in our hearts. But hey. MCU is going to be MCU.