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) 79%

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

Arrowverse Star Trek Elton John TCA Disney+ Disney Plus cancelled television FXX asian-american Interview WGN Logo Animation TV renewals police drama RT21 social media AMC japanese TV One hollywood VH1 television 4/20 Certified Fresh Universal natural history ABC free movies pirates of the caribbean Amazon slashers boxoffice hist Disney streaming service Heroines binge Fox Searchlight TCM Acorn TV DC Comics serial killer Bravo ghosts Hulu spy thriller Music First Reviews Amazon Prime all-time Amazon Studios space 99% cars cinemax Sundance TV stoner cats 71st Emmy Awards Crackle finale deadpool Box Office video on demand MSNBC remakes Shudder Mary Poppins Returns reviews Apple TV+ comiccon Tubi The Walt Disney Company Best and Worst 2018 anthology screenings Nat Geo crossover Television Academy MTV politics Tomatazos Winners what to watch political drama toy story TCA Winter 2020 Brie Larson Musical die hard game show Amazon Prime Video kids award winner San Diego Comic-Con Ghostbusters Comedy zombies Disney 72 Emmy Awards disaster Spring TV YouTube Premium romance jurassic park NYCC Cannes HBO Max game of thrones sequels cooking movies Alien adaptation YA Cartoon Network italian Lifetime YouTube scary movies south america Chilling Adventures of Sabrina black Star Wars Extras ABC Family foreign Podcast child's play Sundance biography psycho Walt Disney Pictures Academy Awards Oscars independent 2020 hispanic documentaries cartoon Turner SXSW crime thriller NBC Super Bowl sequel Esquire Pixar CBS All Access mockumentary CW Seed Netflix nbcuniversal australia elevated horror CMT Mary Tyler Moore archives Endgame Sneak Peek Tarantino Horror Kids & Family series facebook Red Carpet Lionsgate Grammys vampires HBO Go BBC versus El Rey Valentine's Day HBO Marvel rotten movies we love E3 Women's History Month BBC America Disney Channel TCA Awards cancelled stand-up comedy Classic Film screen actors guild spain GIFs justice league zombie Comic Book Sci-Fi X-Men Apple Action Family Holidays true crime Marathons Baby Yoda concert RT History satire GLAAD sitcom Discovery Channel composers Pop TV Writers Guild of America Comedy Central theme song teaser DirecTV mutant dogs BET Awards PaleyFest Hallmark Christmas movies Thanksgiving Vudu spider-man Emmy Nominations The Walking Dead Funimation historical drama Set visit Pirates comedies doctor who book best cancelled TV shows Quiz Black History Month The Academy classics 2017 mission: impossible TV Land dceu diversity worst movies Television Critics Association obituary chucky 20th Century Fox Nickelodeon Opinion Emmys A24 TBS video Reality Competition ABC Signature spanish language richard e. Grant christmas movies werewolf children's TV Showtime Year in Review travel sag awards Paramount crime joker movie blockbuster Anna Paquin YouTube Red FOX Country USA Reality OneApp ID parents Cosplay LGBTQ crime drama superhero VICE talk show technology DC streaming service Biopics toronto The Purge criterion Drama Video Games spinoff SundanceTV Character Guide Avengers CNN critics Rocketman Netflix Christmas movies Mindy Kaling Calendar Spectrum Originals Fall TV FX on Hulu TruTV Spike Syfy discovery Binge Guide singing competition dc FX comic MCU E! Rocky name the review a nightmare on elm street golden globes boxing ITV batman Western strong female leads nfl IFC Films Captain marvel Polls and Games Dark Horse Comics PBS GoT dark Crunchyroll Mystery halloween Christmas Freeform based on movie 2016 VOD Song of Ice and Fire franchise laika Awards venice sports See It Skip It Disney Plus Countdown Holiday Sony Pictures psychological thriller quibi Lucasfilm Black Mirror rom-coms A&E golden globe awards BAFTA twilight Schedule BBC One 21st Century Fox ratings casting scorecard 24 frames breaking bad indiana jones science fiction directors Paramount Network canceled TV shows USA Network thriller stop motion The CW streaming Creative Arts Emmys Turner Classic Movies Mudbound History french universal monsters news green book canceled Film Festival Columbia Pictures Election Pet Sematary New York Comic Con transformers 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Tumblr war Superheroes Nominations animated harry potter Epix Rom-Com trailers cancelled TV series Musicals rotten The Arrangement worst nature CBS Winter TV miniseries TCA 2017 First Look Chernobyl Fantasy DGA fresh OWN halloween tv supernatural revenge Pop Trailer Infographic Premiere Dates Summer Hallmark blaxploitation Ellie Kemper TNT TIFF DC Universe tv talk 45 Lifetime Christmas movies BET fast and furious LGBT Superheroe Warner Bros. spanish latino ESPN Martial Arts james bond jamie lee curtis Peacock cults cops Marvel Television football TLC Pride Month Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 007 Trophy Talk Teen National Geographic witnail 2019 TV dragons comic books Fox News Watching Series Marvel Studios indie documentary renewed TV shows festival PlayStation Stephen King Britbox Photos Awards Tour 2015 Comics on TV WarnerMedia comics zero dark thirty Food Network emmy awards Shondaland rt archives Sundance Now Travel Channel APB aliens anime period drama Toys robots Film IFC romantic comedy Mary poppins medical drama American Society of Cinematographers dramedy Masterpiece President Ovation festivals adventure Trivia Rock Starz Adult Swim reboot films SDCC Apple TV Plus The Witch docudrama unscripted Hear Us Out