What Does ‘Captain Marvel’ Rate On Rotten Tomatoes? Early Reviews For The Superhero Film Are In

It’s almost time for Captain Marvel, the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to hit theaters. The film, which stars Brie Larson as the eponymous superhero, has been long anticipated, as it is the first female-led movie in the MCU. Early critical reviews for the film are in, so let’s take a look at what audiences are saying about Captain Marvel.

Captain Marvel cast on stage
Captain Marvel cast | Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

What is Captain Marvel about?

The film, which was first announced back in 2016, follows Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot. It takes place in the 1980s and ‘90s, depicting Carol’s team up with SHIELD agent Nick Fury. While most details are kept under wraps, we do know that there Carol gets her powers from an otherworldly source, and that the Kree and Skrull alien races will come into play, as depicted in the comics.

Brie Larson is Captain Marvel

Though the first character to take on the title of Captain Marvel was a man, the most recent comic iterations have seen a woman, Carol, don the costume. It was always the plan for the MCU to adapt this version of the hero. Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson was cast in the role, and has expressed nothing but positivity towards the Marvel and the film.  

Angry comic book fanboys

While rival DC faced plenty of controversy prior to (and following) the release of Wonder Woman, the trolls have been especially unkind to Captain Marvel. Leading up to the film’s March 8 release, a wave of negative audience reviews for Captain Marvel have appeared on Rotten Tomatoes, coming from people who have yet to even see the movie. The accounts are saying things like, “Looks like their[sic] set to ruin a franchise !!” and claiming “This will be dreadful and yet the critics will praise the film because they get payed[sic] by marvel.”

Backlash against Larson

Much of the anger towards the film is directed at Larson herself. In an interview with Keah Brown for Marie Claire UK, Larson expressed that she wanted to diversify the journalists she spoke, making for a more inclusive press room and, therefore, more inclusive journalism. Film criticism is known for being “overwhelmingly white male,” as Larson pointed out.

Apparently, this was upsetting to many white men online. Some of the audience reviews for Captain Marvel on Rotten Tomatoes expressed their anger, saying, “Larson has made it clear…men need not attend this movie” and “Brie Larsen[sic] did a lot of political statement, so my political statement wil[sic] be not to see this movie.”

Critics’ reviews

Despite all of this, the first wave of critics has now seen the film, and it is receiving praise across the board. Larson was given props for her portrayal, and other frequently mentioned elements include her character’s friendship with Nick Fury, the ‘90s setting, and, of course, her cat, Goose.

After seeing the film, journalist Markeia McCarty couldn’t say enough good things about Captain Marvel. She speaks to its universal appeal, saying that it’s “not a female empowerment movie” exclusively, but “an empowerment of self.”

While some pointed out the character’s sheer power and ability, indicating that Thanos has met his match with Captain Marvel, others were focused on the nostalgia, noting that (sort of spoiler alert!) multiple episodes of Friends are played in the background.

Overall, the critics seem to agree that there’s so much to be gained from a film like Captain Marvel. From its earnestness to just being “totally awesome,” Captain Marvel is poised to be a groundbreaking flick across the board, despite what the trolls may say.

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