Marvel Studios screened “Captain Marvel” for the long-lead press last night, the film’s first public screening, with reactions flooding social media and painting a very positive picture.
It was a far cry from the hours before the screening however when the film’s Rotten Tomatoes page became the target of negative ‘audience’ reviews from trolls targeting the system with reactions slamming the film for its lack of appeal to white men, attacking its actress Brie Larson for her “agenda,” and the overall film for its ‘SJW’ pandering and playing with ‘identity politics’.
Oddly the review site doesn’t appear to have a system in place that prevents audience ‘reviews’ from being posted until the day of release when it’s more likely actual reviews can be posted in that ‘reviews’ section. In any case, no reviews for the film are out at present beyond short quotes from junket press on Twitter. Quotes from them in regards to these types of films normally err on the gushy side so take this sample of them below with that in mind:
“Well, Thanos is f–ked.” – Angie J. Han, Slashfilm
“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.” – Drew Taylor, Moviefone
“Captain Marvel is a mixed bag. First half is slow and uninspired. Second half much better. Feels like directors could not escape Marvel formula. Mendelson steals the move. VfX of full Marvel powers much better than trailers.” – Greg Ellwood, The Playlist
“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. 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. I can’t get over how great Ben Mendelsohn is. I was worried he was just going to be one of those Marvel villains with alien makeup, but that’s not the case at all. This movie doesn’t work without him.” – Mike Ryan, Uproxx
“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.” – Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlend
“There’s an earnestness to #CaptainMarvel that feels different than other MCU films. I got chills watching Carol Danvers get back up over & over & over again.” – Anna Klassen, Newsweek
“Marvel does a prequel right, not overexplaining too much but giving us unexpected answers in interesting ways. MCU’s most multilayered villain story. A fun 90s soundtrack, but sometimes the song choices feel too obvious.” – Peter Sciretta, Slashfilm
“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, Collider
“#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, Indiewire
The reactions come as estimates for the film’s opening box-office have climbed to $120 million for the opening weekend on March 8th. Check out two new TV spots for the film below.