Should I Take My Kid To See 'Captain Marvel'?

A lot of parents often can’t help but wonder the same thing when it comes to their children’s movie preferences: when is it time to shift from animations to movies that are a little more developed or advanced in content? With the newest Marvel film, Captain Marvel, hitting the box office soon, a lot of underage children will want to see the fantasy and science fiction film, especially as it features a strong female lead.

Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Hollywood actress Brie Lawson plays Captain Marvel this time around. According to IMDB reading, Captain Marvel will get "caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races" while trying to save the planet at the same time.

So far, the film has gotten mostly stellar reviews before it’s release date, as many Marvel Studios films do. But is the film and its content appropriate for a 6, 8 or even 10-year-old child?

According to Common Sense Media, children between the ages of 5 and 7 will want to watch superhero-led movies that aren’t too scary or intense. Some good examples include Marvel Super Hero Adventures of Marvel’s Spider-Man television movies.

For kids in the 8 and 9 age range, they can watch content that is a little more fast-paced but still kid-friendly. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (the television series) is a good example. In Captain Marvel, there’s plenty of fighting scenes, but ones that use combat skills. Expect to see the superhero make leaps and bounds and plenty of flying martial-art moves that will delight this age group.

Children that are 10 and 11 will want to watch movies that are a little more extreme, but still light on the violence. Some examples include 2002’s Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Captain America: The First Avenger. Many critics have compared Captain Marvel to 2017’s Wonder Woman, in the sense that both films have a lead heroine that dreams of being the superwoman she knows she can be. If your children are Star Wars fans, they will appreciate the alien forces, desert terrain and daunting dilemmas that Captain Marvel most overcome in order to save the world.

Kids that are in middle school will most likely dig all of the action that comes with blockbuster movies such as Captain Marvel. Many action hero movies are PG-13, which means that parents need to look out for "intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, language and some crude references,” according to Hollywood’s and Common Sense Media’s movie guidelines.

Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8th is rated as PG-13 and also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Annette Being, Gemma Chan and more.

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