The first press screenings for Captain Marvel have taken place and the reactions so far are very positive.
Critics lauded the film’s unique “’90s sci-fi” tone and the “buddy cop” dynamic between leads Brie Larson and Samuel L Jackson.
There was also special praise reserved for everyone’s favourite villainous actor Ben Mendelsohn, who has been hailed for his scene-stealing performance as shape shifting baddie Talos.
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The film – which is due out in UK cinemas on 8th March – lays out the origin story of Larson’s fighter pilot Carol Danvers, who becomes one of the world’s most powerful superheroes after her DNA is fused with that of an alien race.
“Captain Marvel is pure joy,” Deevan Coggan wrote on Twitter. “I cannot wait for the generation of little girls who will grow up with Carol Danvers as a hero.”
Perri Nemiroff added, “The future of the MCU gets even brighter adding Captain Marvel to the mix. Really fell for Brie Larson’s sass, strength and energy in the role.”
#CaptainMarvel is pure joy. I cannot wait for the generation of little girls who will grow up with Carol Danvers as a hero.
— Devan Coggan (@devancoggan) 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
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
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
Captain Marvel is everything that I hoped it would be. It feels completely unlike any other Marvel film. A unique and fresh take on an origin story that feels new. Brie Larson is fantastic as Carol Danvers. This is one of my favorite Marvel movies of all time. #CaptainMarvel pic.twitter.com/0ou7HU93MY
— Scott Menzel (@ScottDMenzel) February 20, 2019
And while praise for Brie Larson and Samuel L Jackson was somewhat expected, critics were pleasantly surprised by Ben Mendelsohn’s performance as villain Talos.
“Brie Larson obviously rules,” Drew Taylor tweeted, “but Ben Mendelsohn is the surprise MVP.”
Steven Weintraub concurred: “Ben Mendelsohn steals almost every scene he’s in.”
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
#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 pic.twitter.com/GET0socRjl
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) 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
One critic also confirmed that the film opens with a tribute to the late Stan Lee.
— Anna Klassen (@AnnaJKlassen) February 20, 2019
Consider our expectations considerably raised…
Captain Marvel is released in UK cinemas on the 8th March