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Captain Marvel, a superhero with girl power to spare

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It seems like nothing more than yet another media format to shove a social/political narrative down our throats.

The Kree-Skrull war is a bitter pill to swallow.

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"The force" is not something only able to be accessed and used by Jedi or Sith. I dont think that character was ever reffered to as a Jedi.

The "force" is in everyone and all living things (remember microscopic Midi-chlorians) - but it's stronger in certain family lines for some reason

The Jedi and Sith are just high Midi-chlorian hosts who are trained to use the "force" (think of them as the "force" certified experts)

There are high Midi-chlorian hosts who are not trained (or self-trained), such as when the Jedi disappeared and there's no teachers to properly train them

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"The force" is not something only able to be accessed and used by Jedi or Sith. I dont think that character was ever reffered to as a Jedi.

Yup. He's not, he's a spiritual warrior - a guardian of the Temple of Kyber and a preacher of the Force.

Like priests and lay preachers, it's down to the individual, of course, to ascertain their fakeness or not :-)

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Im aware of which character is being referred to, and that he is played by an Asian. My point is that that character was not a Jedi. He was a fake. That might have been the most realistic thing about that movie.

"The force" is not something only able to be accessed and used by Jedi or Sith. I dont think that character was ever reffered to as a Jedi.

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Girl power' is a dumb cliché from the vapid Spice Girls - and they themselves are a bunch of dumb bimbos with looks and zero talent. They're a joke.

I wasn't a huge fan, they had a run of decent pop tunes but they were certainly media-savvy and definitely not dumb bimbos. And hey, if a slogan like "girl power" could slip into public consciousness, am all for that. They inspired lots of young people, for better or for worse. Personally, I thought the riot grrrl movement had a lot more power to it but that didn't have as much impact as it should have, at least at the time.

Still haven't seen the film but would like to hear from those here who have.

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https://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=4493&p=.htm

'Captain Marvel' Delivers a Massive $153M Domestic Opening and $455M Worldwide

With an estimated $153 million, Captain Marvel proved a massive success, bringing in the third highest March opening of all-time, and don't be surprised to see actuals push the film's total a bit higher come Monday afternoon.

On average, the 20 previous releases in the MCU delivered a 2.76x multiplier, which would suggest Captain Marvel's run would finish around $422 million based on the film's domestic opening weekend.

It is interesting to note exits, which show the film playing to an opening weekend crowd that was 55% male and 45% female, which, along with Black Panther and Ant-Man and the Wasp, is the smallest gender divide among films in the MCU, but nowhere near the 52% female crowd Wonder Woman played to back in June 2017. Additionally, 64% of the film's opening weekend crowd was aged 25 or older, which ranks as one of the older audiences for an MCU film, while it earned an "A" CinemaScore.

Internationally, Captain Marvel delivered an estimated $302 million, making it the fifth highest international opening weekend of all-time and the sixth largest worldwide debut ever. Leading the way was the film's opening in China, which is estimated at $89.3 million, which ranks as the third largest MCU opening weekend ever in the market behind Avengers: Infinity War and Captain America: Civil War. Behind China is South Korea with a $24.1 million debut followed by the UK ($16.8m), Brazil ($13.4m), Mexico ($12.8m), Australia ($10.7m), Indonesia ($10.1m), Russia ($9.8m), France ($9.2m), Germany ($7.8m), India ($6.9m), Thailand ($6.6m), Taiwan ($6.4m), Philippines ($6.3m), Malaysia ($5.6m), Italy ($5.5m) and Hong Kong ($5.2m). Next weekend the film will open in Japan serving as the only market where the film has yet to be released.

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I haven't seen the movie yet, but the trailers really dont grab me enough to shell out 1,800 yen. To tell the truth I knew pretty much zero about who Captian Marvel was. But she'll be a major factor in one of MY must see movies this year, Endgame.

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I have not heard one good thing about this movie.

It seems like nothing more than yet another media format to shove a social/political narrative down our throats. Which, acknowledging that movies have done that for years, I've grown extremely tired of.

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There is nothing like a good superhero movie.

And this is nothing like a good superhero movie.

Have you seen it? I haven't. What made it a disappointment, for you?

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If he is talking of Donnie Yen, then yes he IS Asian. He is Chinese and very well known in martial arts movies.

Im aware of which character is being referred to, and that he is played by an Asian. My point is that that character was not a Jedi. He was a fake. That might have been the most realistic thing about that movie.

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Aliens with Sigourney Weaver was a strong iconic character that didn't need anyone to tell people what to like in a strong sci fi movie that was just amazing. Back when movies were good

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Bugle Boy of Company BToday 05:39 am JST

 "Asian people can be jedi too???"

Actually that character wasn’t Asian. You should have explained that he was a fake.

If he is talking of Donnie Yen, then yes he IS Asian. He is Chinese and very well known in martial arts movies.

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 "Asian people can be jedi too???"

Actually that character wasn’t Asian. You should have explained that he was a fake.

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WakarimasenMar. 8  10:22 am JST

Superhero movies are now overdone.

Also, not sure how a fantasy heroine like this is inspiring for women in real life....

So I'm a white woman, my son is half Japanese and 6 years old (we live in the US), and he loves Star Wars and action films. Kids from a very young age internalize what is "normal" based on what they see around them. We watched the newest Ghostbusters film a few years ago and my son quickly remarked "Wait, why are there no boy Ghostbusters?" It took me by surprise because I was around his age when I saw the original Ghostbusters and it never occurred to me as little girl that I didn't see any female Ghostbusters, because all-male casts were normal.

Then we saw Rogue One a few months later. My son again was shocked to find Asian heroes. "Asian people can be jedi too???" he exclaimed excitedly (and I know they weren't technically jedi in the movie but my son was like 4 at the time). He was so happy and started copying their moves in the living room.

Representation matters. Maybe some people think it's pandering to have a black superhero or a female superhero, but it does matter. I don't want my son to grow up thinking the "norm" is a white man. It's inspiring to see both people who look like you and also who don't look like you in lots of different roles. My son's reactions to diversity on screen really opened my eyes as to why it is so important for these films to be produced.

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There is nothing like a good superhero movie.

And this is nothing like a good superhero movie.

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sourpussToday 04:12 pm JSTIf the headline had spared us the "girl power," I don't believe this piece would have incurred as many negative comments.

Anyway, I've had enough superhero movies. Spiderman 2 was a bridge too far for me.

'Girl power' is a dumb cliché from the vapid Spice Girls - and they themselves are a bunch of dumb bimbos with looks and zero talent. They're a joke. I agree - the headline didn't need to use that stupid phrase because it originates from a stupid corporate phenomena in the first place.

I have nothing against strong female leads in anything but how about a better slogan? This 'girl power' catch phrase is stupid crap.

Besides, these Marvel flicks have strayed light-years too far from the original principals - that is the underlying mature and social themes, science fiction themes behind them. Now the 'superheroes' are wimps and wussies and the teenage-geared story lines steal every action/sci-fy cliché in the book and they are completely tired garbage. Absolute rubbish.

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Black Panther, a phenomenon... three Oscars... hollywood's version of reparation and self righteousness.

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Maybe if the movie starred Angelina Jolie doing stunts without CGI it would be a hit.

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Any superhero movie needs a good story, well told and acted. No such thing as a movie genre that has been over done. Only a lack of imagination in making new stories worth telling.

As long as these Marvel and DC movies are entertaining, they can keep on making them and people/fans will go and see them.

Reality bites so movies that release you for a couple of hours with a new or interesting world, will always be popular.

Lets hope Captain Marvel is another engaging movie, regardless of the sex of the superhero. As for the cat, well I am more of a fan of dogs.

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Has Black Panther really become a pop culture phenomenon?  

Well, sure, if you factor in that it is a source for many memes and is the butt of many jokes.

Wakanda question is that!?

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Marvel, DC and 2000AD characters are rebooted all the time. Sometimes it makes sense and works, sometimes it doesn't. Tefe taking over the Swamp Thing mantle bored me, although I wasn't against it in principle. The writing just wasn't engaging enough.

For me, the greatest female character was Halo Jones. Try and get a copy of The Ballad of Halo Jones. Far superior to a lot of Marvel's output. And I say that as a reader of Marvel for over 40 years.

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I don’t see the point of buying a story about a male superhero and changing his sex, his origin, his character, and/or his time period. The Ancient One in Dr. Strange is female now, Superman kills people, Batman needs a psychiatrist, Flash is a geek... I get it that there should be female superheroes, too, but don’t woman deserve original characters? By all reports, this movie is a dud in any case.

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This movie is a dud.

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If the headline had spared us the "girl power," I don't believe this piece would have incurred as many negative comments.

Anyway, I've had enough superhero movies. Spiderman 2 was a bridge too far for me.

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Chris Stuckmann gave it a C

Jeremy Jahns gave it a better time if he was drunk

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meh. Go watch Thor Ragnarok instead if you haven't already

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Just returned from the theater.

This is a disappointing movie, not living up to the current Marvel superhero flick standard.

If Captain Marvel is humanity's last hope, then Thanos won.

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Captain Marvel, a superhero with girl power to spare

Captain Marvel, a superhero with feminist/SJW indoctrination and 3 bathrooms to spare.

Take the Alita Challenge

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WakarimasenToday 10:22 am JSTSuperhero movies are now overdone.

Also, not sure how a fantasy heroine like this is inspiring for women in real life.....

Nothing wrong with female leads but Elektra and Catwoman were dud movies. Wonder Woman got praise, however.

At the same time, these Marvel superhero movies are such a tired spent force now. That Spiderman 2 movie from 2017 was so strayed from the original gist, the main character was a wuss and the film itself was just cliché-ridden and terribly godawful.

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So toxic masculinity is okay if it’s from a woman?

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Has Black Panther really become a pop culture phenomenon?  I agree that the glut of superhero movies makes them feel a bit samey and tired.

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Superhero movies are now overdone.

no more so than say Japanese anime, not sure how scantily clad anime girls in school uniforms is inspiring for women in real life, probably more to appease men.

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Superhero movies are now overdone.

Also, not sure how a fantasy heroine like this is inspiring for women in real life.....

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