The verdict is in on Captain Marvel, firmly establishing our expectations.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has cast its spell for over a decade now, impressing audiences with 2008’s Iron Man and beyond. The film signalled a change; with the release of last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, the studio celebrated their achievement by showcasing a grand ensemble of characters in one monumental blockbuster. The third Avengers film is arguably their most incredible release to date, yet, that only means that the bar must be raised once again. We have Avengers: Endgame set to blow us away in April, but first, we have the exciting Captain Marvel to look forward to.
Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck‘s Captain Marvel is the first female-led superhero film of the MCU’s oeuvre. It stars the phenomenal Brie Larson (Room, Short Term 12) as Carol Danvers, the titular Captain Marvel. When the Earth is threatened as a result of two alien races waged in war, Danvers is perhaps the only one who can save it, discovering her true potential and unleashing her extraordinary powers. It feels like Marvel fans have been waiting an eternity for this film, so expectations were always going to be high. However, now that the verdict is in, we can begin to shape our anticipation accordingly. Here are some reactions to the film:
#CaptainMarvel is an explosion of color, hope, and fists with a side of wry humor and a dream of a soundtrack. Carol Danvers’ story hit me in ways I did not expect.
And also: Goose is everything. pic.twitter.com/qYoMFkMA0R
— Amy Ratcliffe (@amy_geek) February 21, 2019
Some initial #CaptainMarvel reactions:
1. Cat people will love this movie.
2. Several truly magnificent music moments for this 90s kid.
3. Carol’s hero moment was very cathartic/true to the female experience, imho.
4. The MCU feels more complete now that Carol is in it. ♥️
— Kayti Burt (@kaytiburt) February 20, 2019
#CaptainMarvel is pure joy. I cannot wait for the generation of little girls who will grow up with Carol Danvers as a hero.
— Devan Coggan (@devancoggan) February 20, 2019
#CaptainMarvel is a welcome addition to the #MCU. The movie is really well done with some great moments. #benmendelsohn steals almost every scene he’s in. @brielarson literally shines in the role. So ready for #AvengersEndGame pic.twitter.com/GET0socRjl
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) 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
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 mixed bag. First half is slow and uninspired. Second half much better. Feels like directors could not escape Marvel formula. Mendelson steals the move. VfX of full Marvel powers much better than trailers.
— Gregory Ellwood – Playlist (@TheGregoryE) February 20, 2019
Lots of fun Easter eggs in #CaptainMarvel that link it to the history and other films in the MCU. Watch closely.
— Anna Klassen (@AnnaJKlassen) February 20, 2019
It looks like Captain Marvel is going to be yet another MCU success story and possibly even one of their most important efforts to date. It’s certainly imperative viewing for anyone totally invested in the outcome of Avengers: Endgame, as it seems Carol Danvers is our shining ray of hope. From these reactions, we can expect to experience something different from this outing. It’s great that they have decided to embrace the science-fiction elements to bring us a film which aims to immerse us in new worlds. The Brie Larson praise was inevitable – she’s yet to disappoint. After Captain Marvel, we expect to see her in much more.
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