In just a few short weeks, we’ll be heading into theaters to see Captain Marvel, which will expand the cosmic side of the MCU and no doubt set the stage for much of what’s to come after Avengers: Endgame. Unfortunately, though, it seems that the hype train has died down a little bit as of late.
You could blame it on the previews not quite getting across what the character’s really about. Or maybe it’s just in danger of being overshadowed by Endgame. Alternatively, there could just be a bit of origin story fatigue creeping in with comic book movie fans. Whatever the case, it doesn’t look like there’s anything to worry about, as the social media embargo has now lifted and it seems like the critics are head over heels in love with Carol Danvers.
Of course, what you’ll see below is just a small sampling of reactions coming from a select group of press, and may not be entirely representative of what the general public will think once they see it next month. Still, that being said, the responses so far seem to be overwhelmingly positive and they should no doubt help rev up the hype train a bit.
@captainmarvel has a lot of heart is is super relevant to the times now. I loved all of the characters in this but Goose the cat might be my favorite MCU character. I’m excited to see @brielarson the the future of the MCU. #CaptainMarvel #marvel #marvelstudios pic.twitter.com/WdhL3WixbO
— Joseph Deckelmeier (@ThatHashtagJoe) February 20, 2019
Loved @captainmarvel Great action and storytelling. The whole cast was phenomenal! So excited to see this again. @brielarson was the perfect choice for this role and to lead the future of the MCU. #captainmarvel #marvel pic.twitter.com/erTgAeHnUG
— That Hashtag Show @ALA (@ThatHashtagShow) February 20, 2019
Fans of #CaptainMarvel comics are going to love the movie. Plain and simple.
— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) February 20, 2019
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
#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
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
CAPTAIN MARVEL isn’t what I expected based on marketing. It’s pretty much an “all in” cosmic space movie. Also, it’s a lot weirder than I expected. Ben Mendelsohn is awesome as Talos.
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) February 20, 2019
— Ash Crossan (@AshCrossan) February 20, 2019
‘Captain Marvel’ is what would happen if a hyper competitive game of Guess Who had a baby with the #MCU and was raised on equal parts 90’s nostalgia and piping hot feminist takes down. #CaptainMarvel @Marvel I loved it. pic.twitter.com/SpvaiKGkvs
— Alison Foreman (@alfaforeman) February 20, 2019
Clearly, Marvel’s going to be pretty pleased to hear that the first wave of critics have left the theater overly impressed. After all, they seem to have a lot of faith in Brie Larson and the heroine she plays, and their trust may not be misplaced. Box office projections have pegged the movie’s domestic opening weekend haul at $160 million, while Captain Marvel has also performed extremely well as far as pre-sales go.
Still, the real test comes when the film arrives in theaters on March 8th. After that, Carol Danvers will be joining the rest of her superhero peers in Avengers: Endgame, which touches down on April 26th.