Early reactions for Captain Marvel are beginning to roll out, and the overall response is exciting to say the least. With a heavy focus on ’90s nostalgia and Carol Danvers’ unparalleled strength, there appears to be plenty to love in Marvel Studios’ latest film.
It’s taken the Marvel Cinematic Universe 20 films before they finally released their first female-led standalone movie. And, though it’s no doubt been a long time coming, critics are finally tuning in to to see whether or not the long delay has been worth their wait. Between the Captain Marvel’s non-linear origin story makeup, serious secrecy shrouding the identity of the film’s villain, and the unexpected ’90s setting, the intrigue surrounding this film was palpable. Now, near the end of the MCU’s Phase 3, Captain Marvel has finally arrived.
The first reactions of Captain Marvel are here, and the overall response is positive. With the main focus narrowing in on the film’s balance of ’90s nostalgia, well-placed comedy, unique storytelling, and how it honors the Captain Marvel comics, critics have nothing but praise for the MCU’s newest hero. To find out exactly what the critics are saying, enjoy these SPOILER-FREE early reactions.
The future of the MCU gets even brighter adding #CaptainMarvel to the mix. Really fell for @brielarson’s sass, strength & energy in the role. Same with @LashanaLynch too! Ben Mendelsohn is A+ casting as Talos. And yes, Goose is a scene stealer. 2nd viewing can’t come soon enough.
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) February 20, 2019
Captain Marvel is a blast! Has some cool surprises that I definitely didn't see coming, and the mystery/origin it weaves is engaging and fun. Brie Larson is awesome, and makes a fantastic first step into the MCU #CaptainMarvel pic.twitter.com/oqrRtgDQrp
— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) February 20, 2019
#CaptainMarvel has a great ‘90s sci-fi vibe w/ a tone unlike any other Marvel movie, really. It’s retro & trippy, mysterious & dorky. It’s funny in surprising places & badass in all the right places. It remains entertaining because it’s always changing. It’s got the right stuff pic.twitter.com/o7AvqYY63x
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) February 20, 2019
Unfortunately, some fans have been trolling Captain Marvel with negativity ever since it was announced. And, regardless of how successful the film or may not have turned out, some have even gone so far as to post negative reviews on Rotten Tomatoes well before screenings for the film had ever taken place. So, no matter how well-received the movie is – whether by critics, fans, or casual viewers alike – there are some people unwilling to accept the fact that a woman can lead a superhero movie.
From the get-go, it was clear that Captain Marvel would not be your ordinary superhero movie. Aside from checking off the necessary boxes – existing within the MCU, a logo-emblazoned super suit, and, of course, superpowers – it did what other recent films within the MCU have also done by trying its hand at breaking the mold. Instead of existing solely within the “superhero” genre, the MCU has stretched its creative limbs. For example, Spider-Man: Homecoming is an ’80s-style movie inspired by John Hughes’ “Brat Pack,” Thor: Ragnarok is a sci-fi comedy, and Captain America: Winter Soldier is a political thriller. And, even though Marvel Studios’ approach to Captain Marvel may have been a gamble, it appears to have been worth the effort.
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- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019