Captain Marvel, the first MCU film with a female lead will hit theaters this weekend, and Marvel/Disney is hoping it’ll bring in at least $120 million during its opening weekend. Some experts believe it could make closer to $150 million.
But those numbers will depend on word of mouth and the reviews from critics. And while we don’t know how the general audience will react yet, we do know the critics seem to enjoy it…for the most part.
The early reviews are in and Captain Marvel currently sits at a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is not bad. It has a 68 score on Metacritic, which tells more of the story. You see, Rotten Tomatoes includes “mixed reviews” to be positive, so it inflates the score.
Metacritic’s system is a little different. It breaks down the positive, mixed, and negative reactions. And so far, it has a 20 positive score, 10 mixed and 1 negative, which suggests critics are a little bored by this movie.
Johnny Oleksinski from the New York Post wrote…
What’s said to be Marvel’s most powerful superhero ever is served Melatonin by Larson. There is precious little texture or detail, ups and downs, or emotions of any kind in her performance. The character, even when kicking ass, is a total bore. The film’s best moments are provided by Jackson and a hilarious cat.
And this isn’t the case of some angry male shouting from the rooftops about how he doesn’t think women should be superheroes. Multiple people have written similar things, although maybe not as harshly.
Kayti Burt from Den of Geek wrote…
This movie is no Black Panther or, if we’re expanding the field of comparison, Wonder Woman… Luckily, Captain Marvel doesn’t have to be better than all of the MCU’s previous films to be something enjoyable.
That being said, the reviews aren’t bad enough to keep people away. Any other film would love to get reviews like this. It should have no problem getting between $120 – $150 million this weekend.