‘Captain Marvel’ leaves an impact on Atlanta audience during early screening

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Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios' "Captain Marvel" is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom.

Eager Marvel fans got a head start  on watching the highly anticipated  "Captain Marvel", the newest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, during an early screening Tuesday night.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, along with 97.1 The River, Kiss 104.1 and B 98.5, hosted the screening of the Marvel film, the first to star a female cinematic superhero, which drew hundreds into a packed theater at Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station 18.

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The plot takes place in the 1990s and explains the origin (and whereabouts) of Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel. Danvers is played by Brie Larson.

Ahead of the viewing, many Marvel fans were beaming with excitement.

“I’m excited to see how Brie does,” said Trent Foidham of Midtown. “I feel like she’s gonna do a good job.”

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Foidham, a longtime fan of the series, said he was looking forward to seeing how the movie tied into the larger universe.

"Captain Marvel" played well to the crowd, despite mixed critical reviews. It got laughs at the laugh lines and cheers at some of the big action scenes.

One special touch Marvel put in the opening credits, which will not be spoiled here, drew enthusiastic applause. Even after the film, fans were still on a high.

Maria Schofen said she thought it was an empowering film.

“It was great to see a bad(expletive) woman,” Schofen said. “I loved watching her discover her further powers.”

Christal Polk of Peachtree Corners described the flick as “really good.” She said she appreciated the movie’s female lead and jokes.

“Captain Marvel” opens everywhere Thursday night.

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