The early reviews for Captain Marvel have been released, and in what shouldn’t really come as a surprise given the MCU‘s history of movies, they’re pretty good. The movie currently sports an 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Critics’ Consensus reads:
Packed with action, humor, and visual thrills, Captain Marvel introduces the MCU’s latest hero with an origin story that makes effective use of the franchise’s signature formula.
Here are some of the notable reviews:
The Atlantic: More of a solid building block for future endeavors than a must-see solo adventure.
Chicago Sun-Times: It’s a real treat to see Carol Danvers find her footing and her wings, so to speak, while at the same time Nick Fury is taking the first steps toward becoming NICK FURY.
The Wrap: Absolutely grounds itself in the ’90s, even evoking a riot grrrl-adjacent feeling, buoyed by a soundtrack that features almost exclusively rock fronted by female voices – a reminder of an era that showed so much promise for brash, loud women.
Chicago Tribune: How’s Larson? She’s more than good enough for this job. It’s not her loosest work, but few, if any, good actors deliver their loosest work in a superhero movie.
Hollywood News: Brie Larson is an inspiration here. It’s rare to want to stand up and cheer in a superhero movie, where your protagonist is literally superhuman, but she brings that out.
Den of Geek: This movie is no Black Panther or, if we’re expanding the field of comparison, Wonder Woman… Luckily, Captain Marvel doesn’t have to be better than all of the MCU’s previous films to be something enjoyable.
Not everyone enjoyed it, however:
Film Inquiry: This outing may be more of a Meh-vel than a Marvel for me, but I’m confident that a film worthy of the hero at its centre will arrive sooner rather than later.
Newsday: Only the most dedicated Marvel fans will follow this Captain.
So there you have it. If you’re a Marvel Cinematic Universe fan, you’ll probably enjoy Captain Marvel.
In the movie:
Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom.
Captain Marvel hits theaters everywhere on Friday.