Critics are raving about Captain Marvel, as the new MCU film has been certified “fresh” by Rotten Tomatoes. Ahead of its theatrical release, the movie starring Brie Larson currently has an 83 percent rating. This past week, Larson and co-star Samuel L. Jackson helped to promote Captain Marvel by satirizing A Star Is Born, thus making them a bit more appealing and relatable to mainstream audiences.
Earlier this year, Marvel’s Black Panther won two Academy Awards for Best Production Design and Best Costume Design, marking the first wins for the studio. In addition, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won for Best Animated Feature, though the film itself was produced by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation in association with Marvel, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. With that said, a film like Captain Marvel, or any other MCU production for that matter, will seemingly no longer being ignored during awards season. However, there are certainly no guarantees. With Larson, the MCU has an Oscar-winning actress set to lead the franchise into Phase Four, and with wide appeal across various demographics.
Established in 1998, Rotten Tomatoes collects movie reviews from approved critics, and then attributes either a “Fresh” or “Rotten” rating. For a film to receive a “Fresh” score, it must receive at least 60 percent positive reviews. Movies that earn a 75 percent rating or better from at least 80 critics (40 critics for limited releases) are considered “Certified Fresh.” In Captain Marvel, the aforementioned Larson portrays Carol Danvers, a character who first appears in the 1968 comic Marvel Super-Heroes #13. Set in 1995, MCU’s 21st franchise film establishes the origin story of Danvers, an American Air Force pilot who ends up receiving superhuman strength and becomes a member of Starforce, an intergalactic military unit associated with the Kree.
Per Rotten Tomatoes, Captain Marvel has been well-received by critics thus far. The Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday emphasized Larson’s lead performance, stating “As shaky and unfocused as “Captain Marvel” often seems, it manages to reach its destination with confidence. In the end, Larson sticks the landing, albeit with something more muted than absolute triumph.”Meanwhile, The Arizona Republic’s Barbara VanDenburgh found value in Captain Marvel’s overall aesthetic: “Its mid-’90s setting gives the film retro flair, and its girl-power soundtrack, blasting Garbage and Hole, will win over any ’90s girl’s heart.” By contrast, IndieWire’s David Ehrlich wasn’t impressed: “Neither a blast from the past, nor an inspiring glimpse into the future, at the end of the day it’s just another Marvel movie. And not a particularly good one, at that.”