The First Reactions to Captain Marvel Tease a Bizarre and Fantastic Origin Story

After years and years of waiting, Captain Marvel is nearly here—and we have our first impressions of the film thanks to early press screenings. Good news? It’s apparently pretty cool. Marvel-lous news? Expect something weird, fun, and with lots of Goose the Cat goodness.

The social media embargo was lifted on Captain Marvel last night, ahead of full reviews dropping closer to the film. Here’s a taste of just some of the reactions online, starting with our very own Charles Pulliam-Moore:

The movie feels very much like the introduction to a new character meant to be centered in a new phase of the franchise, which works both for and against the story at times. The key to enjoying it is just liking Carol (easy) and letting the previous Marvel phases go (less easy.)

— Charles Pulliam-Moore (@CharlesPulliam) February 20, 2019

#CaptainMarvel doesn’t break the MCU mold, but it’s a different and weirder spin on the origin story narrative, and that’s a good thing. Part buddy comedy, part cosmic adventure, part “oh, yes, Ben Mendelsohn IS good in everything” reminder, it’s also full of actual surprises.

— Kate Erbland (@katerbland) February 20, 2019

#CaptainMarvel is a great origin story. Brie’s buddy cop chemistry with @SamuelLJackson is so much fun and her relationship with Lashana Lynch is the real heart of it. Ben Mendelsohn and the cat both steal the show.

— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) February 20, 2019


Its very different than most of the MCU films and so very 90s. It’s funny and fun and super empowering. It made me feel proud to be a woman.

Also, as a 90s teen, the soundtrack….oh, the soundtrack ❤

— Yolanda Machado (@SassyMamainLA) February 20, 2019

And not wacky weird like the GOTG movies. Think more “Rey snapping into endless mirrors” from The Last Jedi type scenes. Also, finally, the MCU and a Nirvana song come together (as Kurt Cobain wanted)

— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) February 20, 2019

#CaptainMarvel is (takes deep 90s breath) TOTALLY AWESOME. Never related to a Marvel character quite like Carol. She’s the stubborn witty 90s kid I like to think I am.

— Ash Crossan (@AshCrossan) February 20, 2019

Love the cat, love Sam Jackson, LOVE Ben Mendelsohn, but honestly I’m calling Lashana Lynch as MVP. She brings an emotional weight to the film that is needed and transforms the entire movie upon arrival. Definitely need to see more of her#CaptainMarvel

— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) February 20, 2019

Some initial #CaptainMarvel reactions:

1. Cat people will love this movie.
2. Several truly magnificent music moments for this 90s kid.
3. Carol’s hero moment was very cathartic/true to the female experience, imho.
4. The MCU feels more complete now that Carol is in it. ♥️

— Kayti Burt (@kaytiburt) 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

— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) February 20, 2019

The future of the MCU gets even brighter adding #CaptainMarvel to the mix. Really fell for @brielarson’s sass, strength & energy in the role. Same with @LashanaLynch too! Ben Mendelsohn is A+ casting as Talos. And yes, Goose is a scene stealer. 2nd viewing can’t come soon enough.

— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) February 20, 2019

#CaptainMarvel is a welcome addition to the #MCU. The movie is really well done with some great moments. #benmendelsohn steals almost every scene he’s in. @brielarson literally shines in the role. So ready for #AvengersEndGame

— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) February 20, 2019

Captain Marvel is an effective Avengers prequel in some ways akin to the 1st Captain America movie. It’s pro-woman without being overdone with pre and post credit scenes that made me tear up and gave me goosebumps respectively

— sonaiya kelley (@sonaiyak) February 20, 2019

And then there’s perhaps the only reaction we really need, from Mashable’s Angie Han:

#CaptainMarvel: Well, Thanos is fucked.

— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) February 20, 2019

Watch yourself, Mad Titan.

Full reviews for Captain Marvel, including ours, will be released soon. The movie flies into cinemas on 8 March.

Featured image: Captain Marvel (Marvel Studios)