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‘Captain Marvel’: Critics Call Carol Danvers’ Debut a Solid Addition to Marvel’s Canon

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“Captain Marvel” is just a few days away from release, but how are critics responding to Marvel’s first female superhero film?

Pretty well, it seems. With more than 100 reviews, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s blockbuster has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 85 percent. In her review for TheWrap, April Wolfe praised Brie Larson’s performance as the film’s titular heroine, selling a balance of warrior intensity and sly mischievousness.

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“Larson’s energy, at first, is powered by a precocious kid-sister vibe, disobeying the rules but charming her way out of trouble. Carol’s arc is defined by shedding those bonds to that identity and to her mentor/father figure, speaking and acting with directness,” Wolfe writes.

“Larson’s quite capable of selling that oscillation of maturity without losing the humor of her character; she may be confident, but she’s still crafty and calculatingly playful. And what really sells this film is that playfulness.”

Not everyone was impressed, though. Associated Press’ Lindsey Bahr felt that the film did a poor job of establishing Captain Marvel’s personality and character arc.

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“She is told at least 10 times in the first 10 minutes of the film that she needs to control her emotions,” she writes.

“This is a charged thing to say to a woman, but also confusing because ‘emotional’ is the last word I would use to describe the character as she’s presented. She’s more impulsive and bullheaded than anything else. Emotions and heart don’t seem to have anything to do with her decisions. At times it even seems like she’s channeling the Terminator.”

Check out some more reviews below.

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Anne Cohen, Refinery29

Larson carries a difficult role with a grin and a swagger that matches Tom Cruise’s in ‘Top Gun.’ She’s perfectly cast in this nod to the ’80s and ’90s — and would make a great pairing with Ripley from ‘Alien’ and Sarah Connor in the ‘Terminator’ franchise. But her confidence is especially striking in that it does feel so alien. Like ‘Wonder Woman’ (and this is the only comparison you’ll get from me), she’s an outsider who doesn’t feel burdened by the constraints of normal women — she doesn’t even know to be concerned with them.

Rosie Knight, Nerdist

“The film struggles to truly break any new ground when it comes to representation. The film falls into the trope of introducing diversity through villainy, failing to build on some of the great cast. It’s also hard to ignore that the first woman to hold the mantle of Captain Marvel was a black woman named Monica Rambeau and though they pay homage and introduce the character played by the wonderful Akira Akbar–far too briefly–narratively there’s no reason that Monica couldn’t have been at the center of this story.”

Esther Zuckerman, Thrillist

“The raw material is all there, but filmmaking itself does not yield any truly thrilling, resonant moments. The action sequences are rote, at times almost muddled. A CGI set piece toward the end looks downright retro, and not in a cool, ’90s way. But, hey, there have been plenty of male Marvel stars have gotten totally serviceable vehicles — why can’t that be acceptable for a woman?”

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Kayti Burt, Den of Geek

“‘Captain Marvel’ continues to prove just how good the MCU is at expanding its universe in new ways that still feel integral to the larger world. Experiencing the film’s final moments is not unlike the experience of watching the final moments of ‘Rogue One,’ so cleverly does the film weave its way into existing canon, informing what has already happened in the franchise (and what will eventually happen in the world of the MCU) in emotionally-resonant ways. After ‘Captain Marvel,’ the MCU feels more complete.”

Todd Gilchrist, Birth.Movies.Death.

“Where the twenty-first entry in this expanding cinematic universe feels likely to make history is precisely in its lack of innovation: it is, and thankfully can be, just another superhero movie. It’s also better than that, but with Captain Marvel, directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have managed to meet expectations driven by the films that preceded theirs and still create a rousing, fun superhero saga that earns the right to be viewed without needing conditions, asterisks or equivocation to evaluate its artistic worthiness – both alone and as a part of the MCU.”

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club

The all-too-familiar MCU background palette of secret bases, spaceships, hangars, and underground complexes (but this time with crappier computers) contributes to the impression of anonymity. But at least the film has a sense of humor–admittedly faint praise, given how many of its predecessors in the MCU have been funny enough to qualify as ensemble comedies. Here, two characters strike up an unlikely partnership, whup alien ass, make some corny jokes, uncover secrets, and come to the conclusion that maybe, just maybe, superheroes are something the Earth needs. It’s everything you might expect a sci-fi superhero movie to be, if you hadn’t seen one in a long time.

Emma Simmonds, The List

“‘Captain Marvel’ lacks the heart of DC’s ‘Wonder Woman’ but makes up for it in sheer likeability. Its fight scenes could have benefited from more character and punch, yet are pleasingly trim – a world away from some of the franchise’s more elongated action. If the film’s feminist credentials are fairly subtly imparted throughout, then it builds to a furiously empowered ending which unleashes its heroine in a way that should surely place her at the forefront of the Avengers’ fightback. It’ll be interesting to see what comes next.”

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Stephanie Zacharek, Time

“‘Captain Marvel’ isn’t a terrible movie. And Larson, a perceptive, low-key actor, carries the whole affair capably; she smiles just the right amount, which is not a lot. But she’s best in the quieter scenes […] the ones where she’s watching and listening to the performers around her, her face registering all kinds of emotional shifts. This brings us to the central problem of presenting superhero role models for girls on such a loud, booming canvas: These women are powerful (great!) but they’re rarely shown just being good at the ordinary things–like listening, or rendering thoughtful advice, or admitting they made a mistake–which are the things that make the real-life humans around us truly great.”

Yolanda Machado, io9

“The fact that the film takes place in the ’90s is a genius choice. The decade was a time where feminism was re-defining itself. It no longer reflected the bra-burning activism of our mothers; rather, ’90s feminism was about defining strength in womanhood, whether it be physically (à la Sarah Connor in ‘Terminator 2’) or tossing out the idea of an ‘emotional’ female (see: ‘Daria’) or simply, defining who you are (like Lelaina Pierce in ‘Reality Bites’). The multifaceted nature of womanhood is what sets Carol apart from all the heroes that came before her and it’s what makes her the strongest hero the MCU has ever seen.”

Peter Sobczynski, eFilmCritic

At first glance, the notion of a gifted young performer who is already in possession of a Best Actress Oscar turning up in the kind of jumbo-sized spectacle where demonstrations of nuanced acting chops usually don’t factor too heavily as part of the creative process may seem either patently absurd or slightly depressing. And yet, she is entirely winning and supremely entertaining throughout, bringing to this film roughly the same shot of pure personality that Robert Downey Jr. brought to the first “Iron Man” and that Gal Gadot lent to “Wonder Woman.”

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Here’s the Spectacular First Trailer for ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ (Video)

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We’re still six months out from “Avengers 4,” but we can breathe a sigh of relief knowing Peter Parker will somehow rebound after being finger-snapped out of existence in “Avengers: Infinity War.” That’s because he’ll be back in “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” the first trailer for which was finally unveiled today. Watch it above right now. Right now!

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” sees Peter Parker and his high school friends taking a trip to Europe during their summer vacation, where Peter finds himself up against a new supervillain: Mysterio. It marks the first-ever live-action appearance of one of Spider-Man’s earliest enemies, created in 1963 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

The trailer plays pretty similarly to how “Homecoming” did, giving off a teen comedy sort of vibe. But the fun comes to a halt midway through the teaser when Nick Fury appears suddenly to shoot Peter’s best friend Ned with a sleep dart — so he can recruit the young Spider-Man for some kind of mission while he’s in Europe.

From there we get a few brief glimpses of some new villains, the Elementals — like that water monster that fully flummoxes Spidey — and the mysterious Mysterio appearing out of nowhere to…save the day?

The trailer is light on plot, so for now it’s tough to know what to make of all that. And if you were hoping for some kind of clue about “Avengers: Endgame,” well, sorry. There’s no mention here of that whole thing.

The Elementals are a quartet of ancient beings who have complete mastery of the four elements — earth, wind, fire and water — and we see all four in play in the form of that rock monster, the fire dude, that previously mentioned giant water person, and the violent lightning storm that Spider-Man glides through.

Tom Holland returns as Peter Parker — Holland actually debuted the trailer via Instagram Live — with Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio. The film also sees the return of Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, joined this time out by Cobie Smulders as ex-S.H.E.I.L.D. agent Maria Hill, and Samuel L. Jackson as former head of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury.

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Meanwhile, “Spider-Man: Far From Home” comes out July 5, two months after whatever the fourth “Avengers” movie ends up being called. Which means you’ve probably got as many questions as we do, especially since we also have “Captain Marvel” hitting theaters first.

Click here to see how we think “Captain Marvel” might connect to the end of “Infinity War. Go here for what we think Doctor Strange saw in the one version of the future in which the Avengers defeat Thanos. Meanwhile, we wonder if this is who Annette Bening is playing in “Captain Marvel.” And if you need it, here’s  what happened in the comic book version of the “Infinity War” story.

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‘Captain Marvel’: Brie Larson Flies Into Brazil’s Comic Con Experience With New Footage

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Fresh off the ’90s superHERo awesomeness of the new Captain Marvel trailer, Brie Larson flew into (not literally, obviously) Brazil’s Comic Con Experience (CCXP) in Sao Paulo to talk about the forthcoming Marvel Studios film.
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Here’s the First Trailer for ‘Avengers: Endgame’ (Video)

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We’ll get right to the point: here’s the first trailer for “Avengers: Endgame,” otherwise known as the only thing any of you reading this post have cared about since April.

So, uh, holy crap, right guys?

We start by seeing Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) adrift in space, running out of food and oxygen, and many of the other Avengers mourning “Infinity War” villain Thanos’ destruction of half of all living creatures — and then Chris Evans’ Captain America and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow hatching a plan.

“This is going to work, Steve,” she tells him.

Their talk is interrupted by the sudden arrival of an Avenger they have not seen in a long, long time: Ant-Man (Paul Rudd).

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What does it all mean? We’ll have some thoughts about that soon, but meanwhile, we’ve spent the painful seven months since Thanos wiped out half of all life in the universe trying to figure out what’s coming, and we have some pretty good guesses.

Here is how we think “Captain Marvel” might be connected to the end of “Infinity War. And here is our guess for what Doctor Strange saw in the one version of the future in which the Avengers defeat Thanos. We also think the Hulk might have some crazy new developments ahead.” And of course, click here to see what we think about the crazy “Ant-Man and the Wasp” connection to Infinity War.

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But wait, there’s more. What if “Infinity War” was actually a giant, elaborate test? What would happen if this obscure Marvel hero made an appearance. And you don’t really think Vision is dead for real, do you? Neither do we. And if you need it, here’s a deep dive into what happened in the comic books that “Infinity War” is based on.

Finally, pour one out for everyone who was wiped out by that Thanos finger-snap.

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‘Captain Marvel’ Trailer: Brie Larson Lights It Up In Cosmic Action

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The cosmic ambitions of Captain Marvel are front-and-center in the new trailer, which premiered at halftime of ESPN’s Monday Night Football game between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles.
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New ‘Captain Marvel’ Trailer Takes Flight (Video)

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And here we go. A new “Captain Marvel” trailer has finally arrived, somewhat soothing the pain of being in the middle of the longest gap between Marvel Cinematic Universe movies since 2015. Disney dropped this thing during Monday Night Football, and you can check it out in the embedded video above.

The trailer features a ton of the crazy space-based action that we knew a “Captain Marvel” movie would have to contain, but which we saw none of in the first trailer back in September. It also gives us a glimpse of the basics of the plot — that Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) is not aware of her past as a human on Earth after being turned into a half-Kree supersoldier, and that once she arrives on her home planet and meets Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) she’ll have to piece together what she’s lost as she attempts to figure out her place in the universe.

We also get our first look here at Annette Bening as the Kree responsible for Danvers’ converseion into Captain Marvel, as well as a glimpse of Jude Law making an almost threatening comment to Danvers. Law’s role is still a mystery, though it’s been assumed that he’s playing Mar-Vell as his casting reports mentioned that his role is that of Captain Marvel’s mentor.

It’s been a painful seven months since “Avengers: Infinity War” left us hanging with the deaths of so many superheroes like Spider-Man, Black Panther and most of the Guardians of the Galaxy. And while we loved “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” it was certainly short on answers for what’s coming next. So we’re left hoping that “Captain Marvel” will blow this whole thing open.

“Captain Marvel” is a prequel, set two decades before the cataclysmic events of “Infinity War,” but there’s a decent chance that the film will set in motion the events that led to Thanos’ war on the universe — given the comic book ties Thanos has to Mar-Vell, the mentor to Carol Danvers. Fingers crossed.

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“Captain Marvel” is directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, and written by Boden, Fleck, Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Jac Schaeffer, with a story by Nicole Perlman and Joe Shrapnel.

The flick stars Brie Larson as the titular Carol Danvers/ Captain Marvel, alongside Jude Law, Gemma Chan, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendolsohn, Djimon Hounsou and Lee Pace.

“Captain Marvel” lands in theaters March 9, 2019.

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‘Venom’ Stomps Past $500 Million at Worldwide Box Office

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A white-hot October at the box office is about to end, and the film that started that success, Sony’s “Venom,” just passed a major milestone with over $508 million grossed worldwide after four weekends in theaters.

If compared to other superhero films, this doesn’t seem like an impressive milestone, as every Marvel Cinematic Universe film since 2012 has crossed that mark, with 10 of them crossing $750 million globally. But “Venom” has a much smaller budget than those films with just $100 million, while Marvel Studios has production budgets well north of $175 million.

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That smart budgeting decision by Sony has paid off immensely, as the studio hopes that this spinoff based on Spider-Man’s nemesis/occasional ally can trigger interest in even more films about other characters from Spidey’s universe. The studio will release the animated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” this December, putting the spotlight on two more recent characters to take on the Spider-Man mantle: Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy. The studio is also set to start production on a film about Morbius the Living Vampire starring Jared Leto.

But in the meantime, “Venom” still has a chance to push for even higher box office heights. Earlier this month, it was approved for release in China on Nov. 9 and also has a release still to come in Japan. Asia, and particularly China, have grown a huge fanbase for Marvel movies, with “Spider-Man: Homecoming” grossing $116 million in China and “Avengers: Infinity War” grossing $359.5 million.

While the November release slate in China will be crowded with Hollywood imports, “Venom” has the opportunity to stand out and possibly push its global total to that $700-$750 million range that would put it past “Justice League” and place it alongside superhero movies like “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” ($714 million) and “Guardians of the Galaxy” ($773 million) on the genre’s all-time charts.

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