Parental Guidance

How Family-Friendly Is Captain Marvel?

Film critic Christy Lemire breaks down what to expect if you're taking the whole fam to see the latest entry in the MCU.

by | March 8, 2019 | Comments

The latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe storms into theaters this weekend, helping to bridge the gap between last year’s Avengers: Infinity War and next month’s Avengers: Endgame. Writers across the internet have speculated what Captain Marvel might mean for female moviegoers — especially young ones — since it’s the first MCU movie to be centered on a sole female superhero, but how kid-friendly is it, exactly? Christy Lemire breaks it down for families looking to take their kids to the theaters this weekend.


Captain Marvel (2019) 78%

Rating: PG-13, for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive language.

The first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a woman at its center is finally here. Captain Marvel is the superhero little girls and grown women alike can look to with wide eyes and high hopes. Room Oscar-winner Brie Larson plays the title character with grit and a quick wit. She’s still piecing together the details of the past – like the fact that her real name is Carol Danvers, and she used to be a U.S. Air Force pilot – but her rebellious spirit shines through as brightly as her fiery superpowers. The film from Anna Boden (the first woman to direct an MCU installment) and Ryan Fleck is a lot of fun, and it features some enjoyable banter between Larson and Samuel L. Jackson as a younger version of S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury. It’s also steeped in ‘90s nostalgia for parents and grown-ups to enjoy. But because this is a comic book blockbuster extravaganza, there are the sorts of giant action scenes and fight sequences you’ve come to expect. When we first see Captain Marvel – and she’s going by the name Vers – she’s living and training as a warrior on the Kree planet of Hala. The power that surges through her fists is formidable, and because she’s challenged so frequently by so many foes, she has to use them a lot. Back on Earth, she also finds herself in several dangerous situations as a pilot. There’s also a lengthy showdown on a Los Angeles Metro train. And because she’s often fighting the enemy Skrulls – who are shapeshifters – it might look like she’s beating up an old lady, for example, when it’s actually an alien in disguise. We see blood, but it’s a shade of bluish-green rather than red. There’s a little bit of language. Overall, though, Captain Marvel is worthwhile for younger viewers – both girls and boys – because she’s a great role model. She’s strong and resourceful, she’s true to herself, and she’s loyal to others. Fine for ages 8 or 9 and older.

Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.

Tag Cloud

Star Trek screen actors guild Set visit Binge Guide WarnerMedia President VICE MSNBC joker batman werewolf Ovation facebook quibi cancelled television USA doctor who VH1 kids The CW Schedule book 2015 teaser scary movies ghosts TCA 2017 Netflix Christmas movies Baby Yoda crime drama Syfy IFC Films GLAAD Lifetime Christmas movies Comedy Central Disney+ Disney Plus franchise Teen LGBTQ what to watch Netflix MTV finale Disney spy thriller screenings natural history boxoffice LGBT Black History Month Marvel Studios Pet Sematary Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt TCA television Martial Arts politics Christmas halloween award winner canceled Hallmark Marathons talk show sports AMC SXSW cancelled TV shows Reality Cartoon Network spain asian-american The Witch Shudder Spring TV Winners GoT versus psycho TruTV Premiere Dates San Diego Comic-Con series aliens Peacock zombies Fox News American Society of Cinematographers Hulu Action Amazon Prime dceu war 20th Century Fox space Elton John Emmys GIFs Britbox concert YouTube Holiday zero dark thirty miniseries OWN a nightmare on elm street Amazon richard e. Grant Best and Worst blaxploitation 24 frames witnail Endgame cops comedies TIFF stoner Amazon Prime Video Tomatazos based on movie political drama Lifetime Rom-Com Masterpiece Comics on TV crossover Sony Pictures Lionsgate Nominations Crunchyroll Hear Us Out elevated horror dramedy Country free movies Academy Awards child's play Ghostbusters YA spider-man Musicals breaking bad Sci-Fi Animation festivals hispanic PaleyFest travel Universal nature cars critics Certified Fresh TV Land anime theme song CBS All Access Superheroes SundanceTV Stephen King Mystery Thanksgiving Calendar Creative Arts Emmys Comic Book revenge Emmy Nominations History Chernobyl Lucasfilm Apple TV Plus dc 2019 Classic Film social media TCM Women's History Month green book harry potter First Look Sundance Now Mary Poppins Returns strong female leads Spike TV renewals die hard Video Games tv talk The Arrangement hist Bravo ABC Rocketman romance composers Funimation indie name the review E3 Pop Pirates First Reviews universal monsters Winter TV period drama Television Academy Box Office Western Marvel Tarantino Nickelodeon chucky Infographic Horror docudrama Apple Paramount Network CW Seed OneApp Marvel Television SDCC TNT BBC America DC Universe children's TV RT History FXX Cosplay Ellie Kemper Valentine's Day cooking cartoon Columbia Pictures Travel Channel Acorn TV latino Disney streaming service video Super Bowl game of thrones Kids & Family National Geographic Chilling Adventures of Sabrina anthology toy story supernatural USA Network TBS Awards science fiction Freeform TCA Winter 2020 movies FOX dragons Captain marvel 2017 Anna Paquin singing competition Film NBC Music zombie IFC DGA diversity cults reviews thriller BBC Trivia Summer Warner Bros. Grammys canceled TV shows ratings Extras binge CBS Musical Oscars Awards Tour Opinion crime thriller NYCC Red Carpet Avengers medical drama Song of Ice and Fire A&E comic Character Guide 2016 Sneak Peek Food Network independent 45 Starz Reality Competition The Walking Dead Showtime disaster Spectrum Originals documentary Sundance Brie Larson See It Skip It Fantasy Disney Plus Superheroe police drama robots Pride Month TLC ESPN Drama Film Festival Pixar 2018 Trophy Talk PBS justice league Adult Swim WGN golden globes Year in Review Sundance TV best mission: impossible Countdown FX on Hulu sitcom Esquire ABC Family cancelled Amazon Studios romantic comedy criterion technology 21st Century Fox Arrowverse E! Family animated Turner vampires comiccon spinoff Polls and Games Rock CNN RT21 New York Comic Con Vudu biography Biopics DirecTV 007 Interview Nat Geo slashers Writers Guild of America 71st Emmy Awards Discovery Channel Fall TV all-time reboot Rocky El Rey HBO Comedy X-Men Podcast Trailer mutant movie Crackle CMT Photos Mudbound TV Mary Tyler Moore MCU Star Wars YouTube Premium Cannes crime The Purge blockbuster Apple TV+ psychological thriller Watching Series 2020 south america transformers cinemax foreign dark game show Black Mirror rotten movies we love Turner Classic Movies adventure 4/20 Mindy Kaling dogs A24 APB unscripted ITV christmas movies sequel adaptation BET spanish language YouTube Red streaming Holidays parents Toys Disney Channel discovery directors Dark Horse Comics cats Heroines historical drama serial killer Epix Hallmark Christmas movies renewed TV shows mockumentary HBO Max DC Comics Walt Disney Pictures Paramount Quiz Pop TV Election Mary poppins true crime sag awards casting FX Shondaland comics DC streaming service cancelled TV series Tubi stand-up comedy jamie lee curtis Logo Tumblr