In the weeks leading up the theatrical release of Captain Marvel, there was a barrage of hateful comments and calls for protest flooding websites that discussed the film. The review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes was one such website, and the situation grew so unwieldy that the site had to temporarily disable comments from all moviegoers.
Despite all of that, the film largely succeeded with professional critics and, because of that, Captain Marvel was officially certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. To earn the badge, a film must fulfill two requirements: It must possess a critic score of 75 percent or more and it must have been reviewed by more than 80 critics. Captain Marvel has been reviewed by almost 400 critics and currently holds a score of 80 percent.
Even its audience score, which was deliberately sabotaged on the first day of the film's release by internet trolls, has slowly risen from the initial 33 percent to 59 percent (at the time of writing). Some may reasonably argue that this is not an accurate representation of the consensus due to the amount of interference from trolls and the necessary actions taken by Rotten Tomatoes to combat them.
What is indisputable is the financial success of the film, which in this case is far more telling of how interested audiences are. The film broke numerous records over the weekend, earning approximately $455 million worldwide, making it the sixth highest-grossing opening for a film of all time.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a script they wrote with Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as the commander of Starforce, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau, Algenis Perez Soto as Att-Lass, McKenna Grace as a young Carol Danvers and Annette Bening as the Supreme Intelligence. In theaters now.