Parents' Guide to

The Marvels

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Teamwork, action violence in fun, woman-centered MCU tale.

Movie PG-13 2023 105 minutes
The Marvels Movie Poster: Key characters are pictured, centered on Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 8+

Watch Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and WandaVision on Disney+. Then watch this on Disney+ as well!

You will be extremely confused for a while, if you haven't watched Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel series, and WandaVision series. My wife had only seen Captain Marvel and she said she was lost for the first 1/3 of the movie. I had watched all three, though not recently, and I had a hard time connecting the dots for a little while. The character developed completely relied on watching those other three movies/series. An example of a film where Disney's push for super diversification has left me super not impressed. There were some fun spots, but I found myself not fully engaged in the storyline. There was a point in the story where Captain Marvel said that she was ashamed of her actions that led to the predicament and it was that reason why she hadn't returned to earth. She wanted to make up for what she did. However, everything that she had done in the following years had nothing to do with making up for what she did (I left this vague to not give away the plot). This absence caused negative feelings among the protagonists, but the root of the absence appears false. Will I watch this film again? Yes, only on Disney+, where I should have watched it in the first place.
age 10+

Marvel Mojo is Back

Marvel mojo is alive and well. I was thrilled to see the expansion into female-led superhero movies. The action was great, and the story moved at a solid clip. Kamala Khan was a pure delight. Captain Marvel, aka Carol Danvers, showed her range. Captain Rambeau showed her smarts and rose to the occasion. There is one mid-credit scene. Very nostalgic. It's nice to be somewhere everybody knows your name. *Wink*

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (10 ):

Thanks to Vellani and Rambeau, this MCU entry embraces the clever and goofy fan in all of us. No, The Marvels isn't the "best" Marvel movie, and the trio does't have the emotional gravitas of the three past and present Peter Parkers in Spider-Man: No Way Home. But that's definitely not the point here. Director Nia DaCosta, working from a script she wrote with Megan McDonnell and Elissa Karasik, explores the joy of Kamala's secret fantasies about collaborating with Captain Marvel actually coming true. On the flip side, Rambeau's fraught past with her "Aunt Carol" provides the heart of the story, as she and Carol are decades overdue for a heart-to-heart conversation. Carol herself is slightly less interesting than her proteges, except for when it's discovered that she has unexpected alliances of her own across the universe.

Plot wise, thanks to the proliferation of the Disney/Marvel properties, the movie is all over the place. It has to provide exposition about characters and developments associated with various TV shows, in addition to previous movies. Planets and civilizations are brought up in one sequence and then never discussed again. And the special effects are a bit lackluster for a Marvel film; they're more on par with what you'd expect from the small screen. On the plus side, the cat-presenting Flerkens are back -- and hilarious. In keeping with the movie's woman-centered story, the Kree villain is also a woman, and Ashton plays her with a grimace-filled zeal. Despite the film's uneven execution, audiences will surely want more of Monica's story, more Ms. Marvel seasons, and more Flerken kitties.

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