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Flerken 'ell! The Marvels is finally streaming on Disney Plus

The shortest MCU film of them all is now available to stream for Disney Plus members...

Flerken 'ell! The Marvels is finally streaming on Disney Plus
Andrew Williams
10 February 2024

Roughly three months after it came to cinemas on November 10, The Marvels movie has finally touched down on Disney Plus.

This might not be the worst time to reacquaint yourself with Marvel if you’ve been put off by the recent run of movies and shows. The Marvels is different in one key way: it’s relatively short.

The Marvels clocks in at 1h 45 minutes, far briefer and more digestible than mammoths like the 2h 37 Eternals or the 2h 29 minute Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Here’s the trailer:

It has a fairly strange premise. Mrs Marvel, Carl Danvers, becomes linked to what the official blurb calls a “super-fan” (It's Ms. Marvel, for real-world super-fans) and Danvers’s niece.

As a side-effect, whenever each uses their powers, they switch position with the other, causing all sorts of mayhem.

Our first thought: who came up with that idea? However, the reviews say that if you can get over the silliness of the premise, The Marvels is actually a pretty good time.

The Marvels reviews

“There’s a fair amount of fun to be had with the core trio,” says Time Out’s 3-star review. Other than Brie Larson, Monica Rambeau and Iman Vellanim play each side of this triangle.

The Wrap says it’s the young Vellani that makes the movie. “It’s far from the worst thing you’ll see this year or the worst thing the MCU has put out thanks, in large part, to its effervescent young heroine, Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani),” the review reads.

“It’s silly and makes little sense, but it’s such a fun time at the movies. And isn’t that why we go to see movies in the first place?”

The more negative reviews highlight issues often levelled at Marvel movies. What was once a strength of Marvel movies — the way they were all intertwined, giving weight to the end of the Avengers saga — is now a weight around the series’s neck.

“The film’s hyperawareness of its role in a larger universe is its downfall; it rushes through emotional beats in favour of flashy action set pieces and world-building for future instalments,” says the Chicago Reader review.

Our advice? Switch off your brain before switching this one on and you’re likely in for a good time. And its shorter run time sounds like good Friday night viewing to us.