This post contains spoilers for Captain Marvel
In the pinnacle moment of Captain Marvel’s final fight sequence, Gwen Stefani’s “I’m Just a Girl” starts playing as Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers kicks everyone’s ass.
The subtext, in case you missed it, is that Carol Danvers might just be a girl. But being just a girl is pretty kick ass.
This moment — and every other one when Marvel seems to suddenly remember that Captain Marvel is its first movie with a solo female lead ever — summons the same feelings of a modern Dove commercial. It’s a cloying sensation, the off-putting suspicion that your own crushing sense of disempowerment is being exploited to sell you soap. Read more…