People of a certain ilk, the largely male and largely misogynist variety, seem to be preemptively flooding the Captain Marvel page on Rotten Tomatoes with negative reviews. But for film critics and reporters who actually saw the latest Marvel movie, Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers is aglow with praise.
One such reporter was Entertainment Weekly‘s own Devan Coggan. With a hold on social media reactions on Captain Marvel seemingly non-existent, she was able to relay, “#CaptainMarvel is pure joy. I cannot wait for the generation of little girls who will grow up with Carol Danvers as a hero.”
Captain Marvel marks the first solo female-focused film of Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe. In a prequel story set in the ’90s before the events of the very first Iron Man, Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, at a time when he had both eyes, has his first superhero encounter. Carol Danvers is part human, part Kree, and a member of Starforce, the SEAL Team Six of the Kree. After landing on earth with mere flashes of memory left of her past life as an Air Force pilot, she fights to stop the shapeshifting Skrulls, who’ve already secretly begun invading civilization.
This was the superhero Fury paged when reality was going to dust at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, thanks to Josh Brolin’s Thanos. Carol will return to battle the Mad Titan in Avengers: Endgame and, according to Mashable’s Angie Han, “Well, Thanos is f—ed.”
While it’s not uncommon to see high praise for a Marvel movie within the first batch of early reactions, the first responses continued to praise Larson’s performance as the “stubborn, witty ’90s kid” with “sass, strength & energy.” Lashana Lynch, playing Carol’s Air Force bestie Maria Rambeau, and Ben Mendelsohn’s Talos, head of the Skrulls, were two other standouts.
None, however, seemed to compare to Goose, a version of Carol’s cat from the comics. Perhaps that’s why the feline got its own poster.
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Captain Marvel will open in theaters on March 8.