“Captain Marvel” — the first female-led superhero movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — is engrossing and rewarding on many levels. It has positive messages related to perseverance, integrity, and more, but the greatest takeaway may be watching a fearless, confident woman become a superhero. Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) is a fantastic role model: She’s Katniss Everdeen without the self-doubt, Wonder Woman without the sexualization, and Black Widow without the moral complexity — all of which means there’s plenty for families to talk about after watching this Common Sense Seal-honored film. Try these discussion questions for kids:
— Talk about women’s roles in comics and superhero films. What makes Carol Danvers a role model in “Captain Marvel”? How does she compare to other female superheroes? How is she portrayed compared to other “Avengers”?
— “Captain Marvel” stands out among the “Avengers” movies (and most superhero movies) in that women hold significant filmmaker roles: writing, directing, producing, and editing. Why is it important that women have a hand in making big, popular movies? What’s a potential consequence when men tell a story about women? What’s the potential consequence when the majority of films come from only one gender?
— How does Captain Marvel embody courage, perseverance, and integrity? Why are those important character strengths? Even though Captain Marvel is powerful enough to be a one-woman show, why do you think she still invites teamwork?
— How does Carol’s perspective on the war she’s fighting for the Kree change? Do you think “bad guys” think they’re bad? How do you determine what’s right?
— What do you think about the way superhero movies depict violence? Is there a difference in the way you react to realistic vs. stylized violence? What’s the impact of media violence on kids?