The First Reactions to 'Captain Marvel' Are in: 'Pure Joy'

Critics have gotten their first look at Brie Larson’s turn as Captain Marvel—and what they’re saying about the latest MCU flick is getting us even more excited than we already were for it.

The 90s-set film from directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck is expected to follow Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, as she seeks to navigate an intergalactic war between two alien worlds. A trailer released last year promised a wild ride, with Larson’s Air Force pilot-turned-superhero throwing down with a super strong old lady on a bus, fighting in outer space, and gabbing with Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury. Larson transformed herself for the role, undergoing an intense training regimen in an effort to both look and feel the part of the strongest hero in the Marvel universe.

“A huge part of [Captain Marvel] is her strength,” Larson said in an interview last year. “I knew if I could go through that experience, I would get closer to her and I’d understand [her].”

So what are critics’ first reactions to Captain Marvel?

“[Captain Marvel] has a great ‘90s sci-fi vibe w/ a tone unlike any other Marvel movie, really,” Fandango’s Erik Davis tweeted late Tuesday. “It’s retro & trippy, mysterious & dorky. It’s funny in surprising places & badass in all the right places. It remains entertaining because it’s always changing.”

“It’s got the right stuff,” Davis added.

#CaptainMarvel has a great ‘90s sci-fi vibe w/ a tone unlike any other Marvel movie, really. It’s retro & trippy, mysterious & dorky. It’s funny in surprising places & badass in all the right places. It remains entertaining because it’s always changing. It’s got the right stuff pic.twitter.com/o7AvqYY63x

Here’s what others had to say:

Comic and MCU fans will like #CaptainMarvel more than the average moviegoer. Still, that audience will like it a lot, it’s totally an origin story. https://t.co/dcgUNVYudn

Fans of #CaptainMarvel comics are going to love the movie. Plain and simple.

Lots of fun Easter eggs in #CaptainMarvel that link it to the history and other films in the MCU. Watch closely.

#CaptainMarvel to the people spamming 1-star reviews on Rotten Tomatoes: pic.twitter.com/OIC2ayxq6q

#CaptainMarvel was a lot of fun! Just enough ‘90s nostalgia without overdoing it. Brie Larson is great. Ditto Sam Jackson & Ben Mendelsohn. Goose the cat is purr-fect. Some nice surprises and clever decisions throughout. Cool sci-fi elements. And funny! Thumbs up! pic.twitter.com/PzzxXir8pZ

#CaptainMarvel is pure joy. I cannot wait for the generation of little girls who will grow up with Carol Danvers as a hero.

The latest Marvel entry has been highly anticipated, despite the efforts of sexist trolls to dump on it online, since the first trailer for the flick dropped in December.

Captain Marvel hits theaters March 8.

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