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Brie Larson as Binary Captain Marvel in Captain Marvel 2019

While it sometimes feels like we get a new Marvel Studios movie every week, the reality is that the last few months we’ve been in the biggest Marvel Cinematic Universe drought in quite a while. Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man And The Wasp dropped in theaters on July 6, 2018, and we’ve been waiting for the next chapter in the franchise for months. Soon, however, the drought will end with Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s Captain Marvel, and tonight the first audiences to see it finished have given us a preview of what we can expect.

The first screenings of Captain Marvel were held tonight in advance of the movie’s domestic press junket, and, as is normal for Marvel Studios titles, the social media embargo has already been lifted. I’m excited to say that I was in the theater for one of these showings, and I shared my feelings in the following Tweet, highlighting both the fun approach to the origin story that the film takes, as well as the wonderful presence of star Brie Larson:

If you don't just take my word for it, however, there are plenty out there who share similar sentiments. Perri Nemiroff from Collider, for example, is also a big fan of Brie Larson's titular hero, but she spread some of the love around to the rest of the cast as well - including Ben Mendelsohn as the shape-shifting Skrull Talos, and the adorable cat Goose:

Repping Entertainment Tonight, Ash Crossan also showed Captain Marvel some real love in her Tweet, with the extra enthusiasm made clear through her all-caps usage. Specifically, her appreciation for the movie really come from finding Carol Danvers to be a unique hero in a jam-packed universe, offering something that other Marvel heroes don't:

Another writer giving a lot of credit to some aforementioned sources is Peter Sciretta from SlashFilm - who echoes some of the above sentiments shared about both Ben Mendelsohn and Goose. What he also highlights, though, is the relationship between Carol Danvers and Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury, as well as Carol's important friendship with Lashana Lynch's Maria Rambeau that serves as an emotional core for the blockbuster:

Finally, I'll end with the thoughts expressed by Angie Han from Mashable, who kept her reaction briefer than most. Referencing the upcoming showdown that audiences around the world are anticipating in Avengers: Endgame, Han wrote,

These are just the earliest reactions to Captain Marvel, and there will surely be a lot more expressed between now and the film's release date - but for right now, majority opinion is definitely suggesting that fans getting hyped for the Marvel Studios release are using their energy wisely.

It won't be long until the latest superhero feature from Marvel Studios arrives in theaters - scheduled to hit everywhere on March 8th. Between now and then, be sure to stay tuned here on CinemaBlend, as we'll have a ton more coverage coming your way, including multiple interviews with the cast and filmmakers!