Critics are getting to see Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, and Jude Law for the first time and their reactions are nothing short of ecstatic for the film.
Entertainment Weekly’s Devan Coogan described the film as “pure joy.”
And in news that is very true to my brand, I would die for Goose the cat. #CaptainMarvel
— Devan Coggan (@devancoggan) February 20, 2019
Mashable’s Angie J. Han is already demanding a spin-off film with Nick Fury and Captain Marvel’s cat Goose.
My kingdom for a Nick Fury & Goose buddy comedy #CaptainMarvel
— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) February 20, 2019
Entertainment Tonight’s Ash Crossan describes the film as “TOTALLY AWESOME.”
— Ash Crossan (@AshCrossan) February 20, 2019
Collider’s Perri Nemiroff praised Brie Larson’s “sass, strength & energy in the role.”
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
Den of Geek’s Kayti Burt described Carol’s hero moment as “very cathartic/true to the female experience.”
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
Film critic Yolanda Machado described it as “funny and fun and super empowering. It made me feel proud to be a woman.”
I FUCKING LOVED #CAPTAINMARVEL
Its very different than most of the MCU films and so very 90s. It’s funny and fun and super empowering. It made me feel proud to be a woman.
Also, as a 90s teen, the soundtrack….oh, the soundtrack ❤
— Yolanda Machado (@SassyMamainLA) February 20, 2019
IGN’s Jacki King said it had a “surprisingly fun script.”
#captainmarvel had space battles, car chases, an amazing 90s soundtrack and an ADORABLE 🐱! A surprisingly fun script, laughed so much!!! Great to finally see this kick-butt heroine in action 🌟 pic.twitter.com/Res8K8wMA7
— Jacki Jing (@JackiJing) February 20, 2019
Film critic Anna Klassen describes it as “very fun.”
#CaptainMarvel is very fun. And I am thrilled to announce Brie Larson wears my EXACT SAME NINE INCH NAILS tee for more than half the film. Seriously. I’ve never seen anyone else with this shirt.
— Anna Klassen (@AnnaJKlassen) February 20, 2019
Uproxx’s Mike Ryan described the film as an “all in cosmic space movie.” he added, “it’s a lot weirder than I expected.”
And not wacky weird like the GOTG movies. Think more “Rey snapping into endless mirrors” from The Last Jedi type scenes. Also, finally, the MCU and a Nirvana song come together (as Kurt Cobain wanted)
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) February 20, 2019
ComicBook.com’s Brandon Davis said fans of the “comics are going to love the movie.”
Fans of #CaptainMarvel comics are going to love the movie. Plain and simple.
— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) February 20, 2019
Collider’s Steven Weintraub describes the movie as “really well done with some great moments.”
#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
Fandango’s Erik Davis describes it as “retro & trippy, mysterious & dorky. It’s funny in suprising places & badass in all the right places.”
Love the cat, love Sam Jackson, LOVE Ben Mendelsohn, but honestly I’m calling Lashana Lynch as MVP. She brings an emotional weight to the film that is needed and transforms the entire movie upon arrival. Definitely need to see more of her#CaptainMarvel pic.twitter.com/QeEzUBM8O1
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) February 20, 2019
Slash Film’s Peter Sciretta described it as a “great origin story” and that it is the “MCU’s most multilayered villain story.”
Marvel does a prequel right, not overexplaining too much but giving us unexpected answers in interesting ways. MCU’s most multilayered villain story. A fun 90s soundtrack, but sometimes the song choices feel too obvious.
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) February 20, 2019
The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzales says the film “ABSOLUTELY SOARS!”
— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) February 20, 2019
Cinema Blend’s Eric Eisenberg calls the film “a blast!”
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
MovieFone’s Drew Taylor describes the film as “beautifully constructed, hilarious and offers tons of surprises.”
Really loved #CaptainMarvel. It’s a little wobbly at times but only because it’s so ambitious. It’s beautifully constructed, hilarious and offers tons of surprises. @brielarson obviously rules but Ben Mendelsohn is the surprise MVP. pic.twitter.com/yQLQGl2Yt0
— Drew Taylor (@DrewTailored) February 20, 2019
IGN’s Jim Vejvoda described it as “a lot of fun.”
#CaptainMarvel was a lot of fun! Just enough ‘90s nostalgia without overdoing it. Brie Larson is great. Ditto Sam Jackson & Ben Mendelsohn. Goose the cat is purr-fect. Some nice surprises and clever decisions throughout. Cool sci-fi elements. And funny! Thumbs up! pic.twitter.com/PzzxXir8pZ
— Jim Vejvoda (@JimVejvoda) February 20, 2019
Ben Mekler describes the film as “RADICAL” and reveals their is a Winter Soldier cameo. Although this might be a joke as he states Brie Larson only has “10 mins of screen time sandwiched between full episodes of America’s favorite sitcom, Friends.”
Despite explosive action, #CaptainMarvel is a character piece & Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers does not disappoint. She crushes it, despite having only 10 mins of screen time sandwiched between full episodes of America’s favorite sitcom, Friends. Can’t wait to see her lead Phase 4!
— Ben Mekler (@benmekler) February 20, 2019
While these are all mostly rave reviews, we’ve seen this type of reaction from critics who get to see an early release before.
Slash Film documented initial responses to Ryan Reynolds’ 2011 Green Lantern film with the headline “Early Buzz: First Screening of ‘Green Lantern’ Earns Positive Praise.”
The reactions were very similar to what we are seeing about Captain Marvel.
The film would eventually receive a 26% Critic Rating and 45% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes.
ScreenRant would report on early reaction to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with a headline that reads, “Batman v Superman Premiere: Early Reactions are Overwhelmingly Positive.”
Just like Green Lantern and Captain Marvel it had people praising the film.
The film would receive a 27% Critic rating and a 63% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Justice League would receive similar treatment. This Insider would state in their headline, “Early reviews of Justice League say it’s ‘fun’ – but it’s no slam dunk.”
The film would receive a 40% Critics Score and a 73% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes.
And maybe the most notable film to receive extremely positive early reactions, but divide audiences after they saw it was Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
i09 reported with their headline, “The First Impressions for Star Wars: The Last Jedi Are Overwhelmingly Good.”
The movie would receive a 91% Critics Rating but a 45% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes.
While initial reactions for Captain Marvel might be glowing, there is reason to believe the film might not be as cracked up as initial reactions indicate.
We’ll all find out how good Captain Marvel really is when it hits theaters on March 8, 2019.
What do you make of these initial reactions to Captain Marvel?