Captain Marvel

Critics Consensus

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.

78%

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Total Count: 473

55%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 89,217
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The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Cast

Brie Larson
as Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel
Lee Pace
as Ronan
Lashana Lynch
as Maria Rambeau
Gemma Chan
as Minn-Erva
Annette Bening
as Supreme Intelligence
Clark Gregg
as Phil Coulson
Jude Law
as Yon-Rogg
Rune Temte
as Bron-Char
McKenna Grace
as Young Carol (13 Years Old)
Vik Sahay
as Hero Torfan
Ana Ayora
as Agent Whitcher
Colin Ford
as Steve Danvers
Kenneth Mitchell
as Carol's Father
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Critic Reviews for Captain Marvel

All Critics (473) | Top Critics (49)

  • The problem is with the corporate anticulture that controls these productions-and the fandom-targeted demagogy that they're made to fulfill-which responsible casting can't overcome alone.

    Mar 12, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Lacking the wit and graphic oomph that sometimes rescues the Marvel franchise from terminal fatigue, "Captain Marvel" is yet another origin story for yet another superhero.

    Mar 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • For Marvel there's a new boss in town.

    Mar 10, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The film may be about women breaking their shackles, but the lead actress feels kept in check for much of the picture. Humor winds up being provided by Samuel Jackson's Nick Fury, heart by Lashana Lynch's Maria Rambeau, and pathos by...well, it ain't Larson

    Mar 8, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Does it work? The short answer is: yes. There's enough to keep both diehard Marvel fans and newcomers engaged.

    Mar 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Superhero cinema has lectured us, ad infinitum, on the responsibility that is conferred by extraordinary gifts. Praise be to Larson, for reminding us that they can be bringers of fun.

    Mar 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Captain Marvel

  • Apr 08, 2019
    Captain Marvel thrived on the MCU franchise formula - but it took a while for me to warm up to the character. This reminded me why Kevin Feige is a genius in bringing all these puzzle pieces together, and why this works as a build up to the concluding chapter - Avengers: Endgame. This is for MCU fans.
    Chrisanne C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2019
    .As a Captain Marvel fan, this film fails to ignite her and comes across as a giant feminism driven plot. On the plus side I would like to see young girls going to the cinema and seeing a character like this, but this is no Wonder Women. This fits loosely in the Marvel universe and opens up a lot of plot issues by having a character so powerful missing for so long, maybe a sequel will solve these. The true reason for this film is the connection to Avengers: End Game. Larson is well cast and is extremely talented, it's almost a shame seeing her in a film of this stature. She might be attempting to raise her profile, and this will succeed in doing so, but at what cost? There are a lot of trolls and anti feminist protestors out there and Larson is very outspoken with this passion. I personally didn't love the film, but I get the forced nature of the plotting, it is time for change. The central storyline of getting back up is the key for all the little girls out there and that's one message everybody can use. Not my ideal Captain Marvel storyline or film, but it ends with the character in full swing for Endgame. 19/03/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2019
    Going into this film I had questions about Brie Larson's casting but expected a great story that fed off the current state of the MCU. Turns out I had that back asswards. Larson fit the role perfectly and puts on a great performance, but the story is pretty lazy and the humor is disappointingly corny, especially when you consider how surprisingly funny Marvel movies are capable of being. I also hope future movies include a "patch" that sees a "Captain Marvel nerf" just to keep things interesting, but at the same time, I enjoy watching action sequences of her overpowering everything in her way. this film is like a cheese platter; the Brie almost saves it, but in the end it's just an average appetizer to the main course that is End Game.
    Sanjay R Super Reviewer
  • Mar 30, 2019
    My Issue with Captain Marvel comes from a bias love of the comic books. The movie itself is ok. despite some of its plot inconsistencies. In this incarnation, Mar-Vel is a woman, who instead of bestowing Carol with Cosmic power, instructs her to destroy a device she created which then pseudo-science sideways grants her cosmic abilities. This feels like an extra long episode of agents of shield more than an actual marvel movie. The colors are dulled out, costumes look Power Rangers grade, while at the same time the story they tell is OK. I do feel like it would have been a much more interesting story to see Carol and Nick Fury do a fish out of water buddy comedy adventure vs the Skrulls, but that's not what happens here. The feminism points are pushed HEAVY in this almost to the point of being too obtuse. Something it's comparison movie, Wonder Woman does not do and was much more successful for it. There is a literal scene where she is being cat called by a motor cyclist, who she ignores, and then robs after shoplifting an outfit from a clothing store, leaving the camera to focus in on an exposed pair of breasts... this literally happens in a Marvel film.. a real feminist, Margaret Thatcher said it best "Power is like being a lady... if you have to tell people you are, you aren't." The ending scene is cool, but you literally have seen it all if you've watched the trailer.. and If you were expecting Ronan the Accuser to actually show how cool he is I advise you to expect nothing. Unfortunately she doesn't show any capabilities more fantastical than Dr. Strange, Stronger than Hulk, Iconic as Black Panther, Smarter than Iron Man, strategic than Captain America, or Powerful as Thor.... AT ALL. So one can only imagine what they have in store.
    Vincent T Super Reviewer

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