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'Captain Marvel' flies into Marvel's elevated expectations

(CNN)"Captain Marvel" features an alien culture governed by the "Supreme Intelligence," which is as good a description as any of Marvel, the well-oiled hit machine behind it. Despite marking the studio's first solo outing with a female superhero, the result feels like one of Marvel's lesser lights -- a dutiful cog in its vaunted cinematic universe as opposed to any sort of breakthrough.Part of the challenge that the movie faces involves the dense backstory of Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), who finds herself in the middle of an intergalactic war between two alien races, the Kree and the Skrulls, when the action begins.The film essentially must work backward toward Carol's origin story, explaining how she wound up among the Kree ...