Captain Marvel Review & Parental Guidance

Captain Marvel opened on Friday, March 8. We saw it on Friday night in IMAX.

Captain Marvel - Carol Danvers

Captain Marvel Review

We are devoted fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With a daughter I was thrilled to finally see them finally feature a solo female super hero. However, my excitement for Captain Marvel decreased recently. I found the trailers confusing. I was also ready to jump straight to Avengers Endgame and get resolution to the devastating events at the end of Avengers Infinity War.

Captain Marvel - Captain Marvel uses her powers on top of a train

Place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Captain Marvel holds an interesting position in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chronologically it is the second Marvel movie, but is the 21st movie to be released. Since Captain Marvel occurs before most of the other Marvel films, it can mostly stand alone. However, if I had to select a couple of movies to view first, I suggest Captain America: The First Avenger and Avengers Infinity War.

The infinity stones have been a running plot line through the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They are also referenced in Captain Marvel.


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Captain Marvel also fits into the larger universe with several familiar characters. The most notable returning characters are S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) as younger versions of their characters. Both have previously appeared in several prior movies/TV series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Also making a return are Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and Korath (Djimon Hounsou) from Guardians of the Galaxy. 

Captain Marvel - Nick Fury

As the first Marvel Studios film released after the November 2018 death of Stan Lee, the movie pays tribute to him from the start. The Marvel Studios logo which is typically filled with the heroes from the film, instead features Stan Lee in his various cameos from the films. His Captain Marvel cameo was filmed before his passing. In the cameo, he is playing himself from the ’90s.

Our Thoughts on Captain Marvel

We went into Captain Marvel with low expectations between a confusing trailer and mixed reviews on IMDB and other sources. Captain Marvel definitely exceeded our expectations. From what I’ve read and how we felt about the movie, it seems to have been a victim of internet trolls in early reviews. I definitely recommend giving the movie a chance.


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Captain Marvel is on a journey of discovery with only a limited memory of her past. Through the movie she eventually learns her true past. When they tried to convey this in the trailer, I just ended up confused, but found it easy to follow in the full trailer. One of the criticisms I have read of the film has been that Brie Larsen’s portrayal seems wooden. However, I felt her stiffness was more a choice of how the character deals with her lack of memory and confusing revelations.

Captain Marvel provides strong female friendship in fellow pilot Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch) and mentorship in Dr. Lawson (Annette Benning). I also enjoyed the relationship Captain Marvel develops with Monica, Maria’s daughter. I have to admit I am wondering if Monica will appear as an adult in Avengers Endgame.

Captain Marvel - Maria Rambeau and Carol Danvers

We did feel that Captain Marvel lacked the comedic tone typical in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies. The movie had more of a dry sense of humor. There were very few moments when the whole audience breaks out in laughter.

Captain Marvel definitely sets the stage for her role in Avengers: Endgame. It also explained where she has been for the last 25 years and why she has not been involved in the world. Make sure to stay though the first post-credit scene for a sneak peek. I was actually surprised how many Avengers appeared in this scene.


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My husband and I enjoyed the ’90s references and music. There was Blockbuster Video, Radio Shack, pagers, pay phones, internet cafes, slow-loading CDs, and more. The Blockbuster scene was great to include various pop-culture references to popular movies.

Captain Marvel - Blockbuster

About Captain Marvel

From Disney/Marvel Studios:Captain Marvel - Poster

Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom. The film stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, Mckenna Grace, with Annette Bening, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law. Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL is produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patricia Whitcher and Stan Lee are the executive producers. 

Captain Marvel Trailer

Check out the trailer before you go see Captain Marvel.

Parental Guidance for Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel is rated PG-13 largely due to violence and intense scenes.

The Language is mild even compared to the other movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The worst is a joke based on a plane cockpit.

There are minimal sexual scenes or references. At one point characters sneak a peak under a sheet below the waist during an alien autopsy – implying they are checking out his genitalia.


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My daughter is 13, but I would have had no problem with her seeing the movie in early elementary school.

Other Upcoming Movies

Avengers: End Game

Next up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Avengers: Endgame which opens on April 26.  Captain Marvel is slated to appear in Endgame. If you saw the post-credit scenes of Avengers: Infinity War, you know that Nick Fury sent an intergalactic page to Captain Marvel.

Avengers Endgame - Tony Stark Stranded

Trailers Shown with Captain Marvel

We saw the movie in IMAX at Emagine Saline. Our trailers included:

  • Dumbo – March 29 – A live action adaptation of the animated classic
  • Dark Phoenix – June 7 – The continuation of the X-Men franchise featuring Jean Grey
  • Spiderman Far From Home – July 5 – The sequel to Spiderman Homecoming. I guess Spiderman will return to life after the events of Endgame.
  • Frozen 2 – November
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Anna Mae

Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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