Captain Marvel ticket presales set to surpass Aquaman, most MCU films

Don’t look now, but Captain Marvel, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie featuring a female lead, is poised to surpass the DCEU’s most successful film to date — Aquaman — in ticket presales, and is on track to come in third among MCU movies, behind only Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War. The MCU has no off switch.

This is all according to SyFy Wire, which talked directly to Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis.

Presale estimates have Captain Marvel pulling in around $100-$120 million on its opening weekend. For comparison’s sake, Wonder Woman had an opening weekend of $103 million, Deadpool opened at $132 million, Black Panther debuted at $202 million and Avengers: Infinity War pulled in a massive $257 million.

As for what the movie is actually like, Davis had some thoughts on that, too. “I think what’s unique about it is tonally, it’s constantly changing and evolving as the film goes along,” he said. “You’re sort of in space, you’re on Earth in the ‘90s, and you’re kind of learning about who this character is as she’s learning about who she is.”

And I think it’s really interesting for fans because it’s a character that isn’t like a Batman, a Superman, a Wonder Woman, an Iron Man, where we kind of already come into it knowing the origin story, and we’re just waiting for the familiar beats to happen. This isn’t a movie that has those familiar beats, because it kind of rearranges the origin story, tells it in an inventive way, and it’s a story that we haven’t seen yet and that we don’t really know as well as we do others.

In other Captain Marvel news, the movie has been getting some backlash from fans upset over an interview Larson gave to Marie Claire about wanting the journalists she talked to on press tours to be more diverse:

About a year ago, I started paying attention to what my press days looked like and the critics reviewing movies, and noticed it appeared to be overwhelmingly white male. So, I spoke to Dr Stacy Smith at the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, who put together a study to confirm that. Moving forward, I decided to make sure my press days were more inclusive. After speaking with you, the film critic Valerie Complex and a few other women of colour, it sounded like across the board they weren’t getting the same opportunities as others. When I talked to the facilities that weren’t providing it, they all had different excuses.

“What I’m looking for is to bring more seats up to the table,” she later clarified to Fox 5 DC. “No one is getting their chair taken away. There’s not less seats at the table, there’s just more seats at the table.”

That all sounds pretty reasonable, but today being today, people got upset and flooded Rotten Tomatoes with negative reviews for a movie they haven’t seen, slashing the film’s “Want to See” score down to 28%. The discourse has gotten so toxic that Zachary Levi, star of Warner Bros.’ upcoming Shazam, another superhero movie, stepped in and called for people to chill:

We’ll see how this works itself out when Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8.

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